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Welcome to the website of the LWL Literary Commission for Westphalia!

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Introduction

The Literary Commission for Westphalia is a scientific commission headed by the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) in Münster. We specialise in archiving, exploring and facilitating engagement with Westphalian literature from the 18th century to the present day.
Our responsibilities range from editorial tasks and bio-bibliographical work to the preservation of literary estates, publications in the literary field as well as hosting exhibitions and events.

For questions concerning the Literary Commission please contact us.

Key areas of activity

Museum of Westphalian Literature

The Museum of Westphalian Literature was founded at the initiative of the Literary Commission in 2001. It resides at the former manor house Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck and is located in the Münsterland region between Oelde and Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The museum houses a permanent exhibition that follows the historical epochs of Westphalian literature from the 18th century to the present day. Visual and acoustic installations allow visitors to explore the showroom floors independently. A free-access library offers the use of reference books, literary magazines or electronic catalogues.
The Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck also provides the premises for many other literature-related events, such as readings, performances, workshops, concerts and theatre plays.

Click here to visit the Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck website

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Droste Research Centre

The Literary Commission for Westphalia has a seperate department dedicated to research on Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, which serves as a point of contact for researchers throughout the world. The Commission works with the materials that have been accumulated during the production of the historical-critical Droste edition, including a specialised library on Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and an archive of manuscripts given to the Commission on permanent loan.
The Droste Research Centre is intended to relocate to castle Hülshoff and to be restructured into the Droste Research Institute once the necessary space is made available. Also on the agenda are a conceptual redesign of castle Hülshoffs museum and the installation of the poetry walk (Lyrikweg) ›Droste-Landschaft‹.

Click here to visit the Droste-Portal

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The Westphalian Literature Archive

The Westphalian Literature Archive is jointly run by the LWL-Archivamt for Westphalia and the LWL Literary Commission for Westphalia. The Archivamt for Westphalia supplies the archival knowledge combined with decades of experience in the area of regional archive maintenance.
Literary estates are of immense cultural and historical value. To collect, preserve and develop literary estates is the principal duty of literary archives by which they provide an important contribution towards our cultural memory.
The Westphalian literature archive serves as a central nodal point for literary estates of Westphalian authors and offers expert advice on all questions concerning the subject of literary estates of the Westphalian region.

Click here to visit the LWL-Archivamt for Westphalia

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Dictionary of Westphalian Authors

The Dictionary of Westphalian Authors is an online based reference medium curated by the Literary Commission for Westphalia. It provides bio-bibliographical information on almost 2.500 authors who were born – or died – in Westphalia, or whose literary activities were tied to the Westphalian region for at least ten years.
The dictionary covers the period between 1750 and 1950 and contains over 80.000 biographical references to primary and secondary literature. The years from 1950 to date are currently being added.

Click here to access the Dictionary of Westphalian Authors

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Contact details

Prof. Dr. Walter Gödden
managing director – project development, head of Nottbeck Literature Museum
Walter.Goedden@lwl.org
0251-591-5705

Dr. Jochen Grywatsch
Droste Research Center, Westphalian Literature Archive
Jochen.Grywatsch@lwl.org
0251-591-4681

Maximiliane Spieß, M.A.
academic trainee
Maximiliane.Spiess@lwl.org
0251-591-6735

 

Lisa Kerkhoff           
student trainee – Dictionary of Westphalian Authors, Bibliothek Westfalica, proofreading
Lisa.Kerkhoff@lwl.org
0251-591-5710                  

Katharina Marguc
student trainee – Droste Research Center
Katharina.Marguc@lwl.org
0251-591-6870

Birthe Reichenberg
student trainee – Dictionary of Westphalian Authors, organising internships
Birthe.Reichenberg@lwl.org
0251-591-5710

Susanne Schöneich
student trainee – project management "Aliens Welcome!"
Susanne.Schoeneich@lwl.org
0251-591-5710

Address

The head office of the Literary Commission is located inside the Erbdrostenhof in Münster.

LWL Literary Commission for Westphalia
(Erbdrostenhof)
Salzstraße 38
48133 Münster

Internship

If you are interested in an internship (min. four weeks), we offer you the opportunity to gain insight into our various fields of activity and to assist the Literary Commission team in working on current projects. Studies in the humanities (fifth semester or above) along with a keen interest in literature and a good knowledge of German are required.

Please send us your detailed application documents, specifying your preferred period of time.

Contact person:
Birthe Reichenberg
Birthe.Reichenberg@lwl.org
0251-591-5710

Management and members

The Literary Commission chooses its own projects and research programs. They require the approval of both the Executive Board and the general meeting. Below you can find a list of our current staff members.

Chairman
Prof. Dr. Moritz Baßler, Universität Münster

Board of directors
Prof. Dr. Norbert Otto Eke, Universität Paderborn
Prof. Dr. Peter , Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Bernd Kortländer, Heinrich-Heine-Institut Düsseldorf
Dr. Barbara Rüschoff-Parzinger, LWL-Kulturdezernentin
Dr. Michael Vogt, Aisthesis Verlag Bielefeld
Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, Universität Münster
Hermann Wallmann, Literaturverein Münster
Prof. Dr. Winfried Woesler, Universität Osnabrück

Members
Dr. Jörg Albrecht, Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature, Havixbeck
PD Dr. Michael Baldzuhn, Universität Hamburg
Dr. Iuditha Balint, Fritz-Hüser-Institut, Dortmund
Hanneliese Palm, ehem. Fritz-Hüser-Institut, Selm
Dr. Mechthild Black-Veldtrup, Historische Kommission für Westfalen Münster
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Blasberg, Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Andreas Blödorn, Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Bogdal, Universität Bielefeld
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Braungart, Universität Bielefeld
Ltd. Landesverwaltungsdirektor i.R. Wilm Brepohl, Münster
Georg Bühren, Münster
Dr. Stephan Dietrich, Verlagswesen, Paderborn
Dr. Bernd Füllner, Heinrich-Heine-Institut Düsseldorf
Dr. Dirk Hallenberger, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Dr. Bertram Haller, Senden
Prof. Dr. Iris Hermann, Universität Bamberg
Prof. Dr. Britta Herrmann, Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Uwe-Kai Ketelsen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Dr. Michael Kienecker, Literarisches Leben, Verlagswesen, Paderborn
Dr. Alois Klotzbücher, Historische Kommission für Westfalen Münster
Dr. Herbert Knorr, Westfälisches Literaturbüro Unna
Prof. Dr. Ralph Köhnen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Kühlmann, Universität Heidelberg
Dr. Tobias Lachmann, Technische Universität Dortmund
Arnold Maxwill, Wanne-Eickel
Prof. Dr. Ortrun Niethammer, Universität Osnabrück
Dr. Iris Nölle-Hornkamp, Litearisches Leben in Westfalen, Münster
Prof. Dr. Rainer Noltenius, Dortmund
Prof. Dr. Rolf Parr, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Ernst Ribbat, Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Karl Riha, Universität Siegen
Prof. Dr. Erhard Schütz, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Dr. Susanne Schulte, GWK, Münster
Prof. Dr. Helmut H. Spiekermann, Kommission für Mundart- und Namenforschung Westfalen
Dr. Mirjam Springer, Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Steinecke, Universität Paderborn
Dr. Thomas Strauch, Universität Paderborn
Dr. Joachim Wittkowski, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Media

Twitter
On our Twitter page you can get insights into our day-to-day business and stay informed about our latest events and publications. Follow us @LiKoWestfalen.

Instagram
A joint Instagram account of all commissions under the LWL umbrella. We offer you insights into many different aspects of our work and keep you up to date with events. Follow us @lebeninwestfalen.

Hausblog
The digital twin of Haus Nottbecks literature museum. Relevant topics and stories are discussed in greater detail here.

Stop and Read
Authors introduce themselves in short reading sessions. If you are a Westphalian author and want to be part of this project, please let us know!