With currently some 32,000 students, 13 percent of them from abroad, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is one of Germany’s largest universities. Annually, about 660 PhD students complete their studies at JGU Mainz. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,450 academics, 565 of whom are professors, teach and carry out research. With its sustainable management of science and research, JGU has been among the leading universities in German-speaking countries for more than a decade now.
With more than 10 academics with different scholarly backgrounds and more than 500 students (BA and MA in book studies), Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Written Media / Book Studies of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is the university institute that represents book/publishing studies research and teaching in Mainz. Funded predominantly by the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, it is the largest institute of its kind in Germany. In research and teaching, it covers relevant aspects of the current book economy and book culture, with respect to the production, distribution, and reception of books, and it does that also with a historical perspective; moreover, it contributes to the development of the book industry and of book culture in an interventional manner, e.g. in the form of book-related events or of industry projects. In a time of digitisation, it also looks at multimodal aspects of books and digital forms of books, at digital processes in the book value chain and on the relations of the medium with other media, particularly film and computer games.