The doctoral thesis deals with knowledge transmission processes in historical perspective as a contribution to the research of premodern knowledge cultures. The object of research, the “Feldbuch der Wundarznei” (1517) is suitable for a socio-functional analysis not only due to its form, its long-term reception until the 17th century, its thematic range and media hybridity, but also because of the many surviving copies. In comparison to other medical prints of the time it is possible to show how medical information was organized, effectively presented and legitimized. Furthermore analysis of the literary traces found in several copies of the “Feldbuch” gives an insight in what way the recipients read the book and how they used it.
The new publication series entitled “Trierer Beiträge zu den historischen Kulturwissenschaften” (Trier Papers in Historical Cultural Studies) aims at being a forum for papers in the area of Cultural Studies, which focus on historical and interdisciplinary research. In addition to essay collections and conference proceedings, the series also covers monographic studies as well as exhibition catalogues.
The editor of the book series is the Executive Board of the “Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum” (HKFZ) Trier (Trier Historical Cultural Research Centre) at Trier University. The Research Centre is financed in line with the research initiative of Rhineland-Palatinate. The HKFZ’s current research topic is called “Räume des Wissens – Orte, Ordnungen, Oszillationen” (“Spaces of Knowledge – Places, Orders, Oscillations”). In collaboration with national and international partners, groups of linked projects work on this topic at Trier University.