Prof. Dr. Ursula Rautenberg

Prof. Dr. Ursula Rautenberg
Professorin im aktiven Dienst von 1997 bis 2019


Ursula Rautenberg (born 1953), specializing in German philology/medieval studies and book history, was professor of book history/publishing studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg from 1997 until her retirement on 1 April 2019. Her research areas are the book as a medium and the discipline of publishing studies, incunabula and early printing with a focus on the formation and development of the book title page, the history of Thüring von Ringoltingen’s prose Melusine in print from the fifteenth century to the first half of the nineteenth century, typography and reading, as well as printing, transmission history and the history of the book. Another area of focus is the Chinese book market. Her areas of research focus and her publications are connected to projects funded by institutions including the German Research Foundation and the Bosch Foundation. She was or is the editor of journals in the field of book history and publishing studies (including Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens) and book series (including among others “Bibliothek des Buchwesens” published by Hiersemann and the online series Alles Buch. Studien der Erlanger Buchwissenschaft), and an advisory board member for other journals in her field, including journals from France, Hungary and China. She held longer-term guest lectureships at the invitation of the University of Waikato (New Zealand), and Tongji University and Wuhan University (China). Before her appointment in Erlangen, she worked as a curator and research director at the Otto Schäfer bibliophile collection and library in Schweinfurt. She earned her doctorate and postdoctoral habilitation at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (field: German philology).

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