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[InetBib] Konferenz "What do we lose when we lose a library ?" Full programme online
- Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:42:21 +0000
- From: Charles-Henri Nyns <charles-henri.nyns@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [InetBib] Konferenz "What do we lose when we lose a library ?" Full programme online
Bibliothécaire en chef
Zur freundlichen Kenntnisnahme.
Bibliothécaire en chef de l'Université catholique de Louvain
Service central des bibliothèques (SCEB)
Grand Place 45, boite L3.01.03
Tél. 32 (0)10 / 47 82 99
Fax. 32 (0)10 / 47 82 98
WHAT DO WE LOSE WHEN WE LOSE A LIBRARY?
International conference on the future challenges for libraries
Save the date: 9 - 10 - 11 September 2015
From 9 until 11 September 2015, KU Leuven, the Goethe Institut and the British
Council will organise an international conference on the importance and role
of libraries as institutes of knowledge, study and communication and the
digitization of cultural heritage.
The burning or destruction of books – and material heritage – is a symbol of so
much more. What does a community lose, what does a city or country lose, when a
library is turned to ashes? Examples come from all times and places. We can
think for example of the destruction of a library in Alexandria in the far
past, the demolition of a library of the Jesuits in China, the library fires in
Leuven in 1914 and in 1940, the destruction of manuscripts in Chartres and
Warsaw during the Second World War and the ruined libraries in Croatia and
Sarajevo at the end of the 20th Century. The threat to the library in Timbuktu
in 2012 and the very recent destruction of books and archives in Mosul, Aleppo
and Sanaa complete this sad list. The worldwide protection of libraries will
therefore stay one of the biggest challenges for the conservation and spread of
There are also some stories of hope, for example, the effective rescue by Abdel
Kader Haidara, director of Mamma Haidara-library in Timbuktu. When extremist
militants threatened Timbuktu, hundreds of thousands of manuscripts were
smuggled in tin boxes to the Malinese capital Bamako. A few of these unique
manuscripts are currently being displayed until 13 September 2015 in the
exhibition ‘Books under fire’ in the library of KU Leuven, as a result of a
close collaboration between KU Leuven and BOZAR. Not only the manuscripts are
coming to Leuven, but also the passionate librarian Haidara himself, as he is
one of the keynote speakers of the conference ‘What do we lose when we lose a
For three days, more than forty speakers from a range of countries will closely
look into the historical facts, the methods and strategies on how threatened
book collections can be protected. What are the traumas from the past? What can
we learn from these for the future? How can libraries strengthen their
position? How can they protect their collections? In addition, the conference
will also explore the digital challenge for libraries.
Keynote speakers of the conference are: Abdel Kader Haidara, Mamma Haidara
Library, Timbuktu, Mali / Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz, Germany /
David McKitterick, Trinity College, Cambridge, United Kingdom/ Ismet Ovcina,
National and University library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo / Michael
F. Suarez S.J., Rare Book School, University of Virginia, United States/
Herbert Van de Sompel, Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory,
United States/ Father Justin, Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, Egypt / Alan
Kramer, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland / Emmanuelle Danchin, University of
Paris, IRICE, France.
All speakers are experts in their respective fields.
Guest of honour of the conference is Wolfgang Schivelbusch (1941), the first
person to publish a detailed study of the destruction of the library of Leuven
in 1914: Die Bibliothek von Löwen. Eine Episode aus der Zeit der
Weltkriege(1988). He will attend the conference and speak during the public
lecture with Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Maecenas, essayist and cultural scientist.
(Simultaneous interpreting in English)
Full programme and registration available on the conference website:
Subscription (3 days): 280 euro. Discounts are possible. Registration is
possible up to 31 August.
Public lecture W. Schivelbusch – J.P. Reemtsma
10 September, 18.00 hours - 19.00 hours.(Promotion Hall, Leuven)
Language: German. (Simultaneous interpreting in English)
Contact KU Leuven Event Office
Listeninformationen unter http://www.inetbib.de.