Director General dubbed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann has been dubbed "Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres", an honour of the French Republic. The official ceremony was held on 2 March 2018 in the French embassy in Berlin.
The Order of Arts and Letters has been presented to Elisabeth Niggemann in recognition above all of her services to French culture. The Director General of the German National Library has demonstrated her commitment not only to supporting culture in Germany and the German-speaking countries, but also at the European level. The nomination bestows one of the greatest honorary awards of the French state upon Elisabeth Niggemann. It has been presented since 1957 to individuals who have provided great service in the field of culture and literature in France and around the world.
Research advisor at the German Museum of Books and Writing
Dr. André Wendler is joining the German Museum of Books and Writing as research advisor from 1 February 2018. He will develop new projects and look after the Museum's existing academic cooperation projects in the fields of book and media history. The Museum preserves unique documents and objects relating to book, publishing, writing and paper history. The cultural and social relevance of these is revealed in different academic contexts. It will be Dr. Wendler's responsibility to coordinate and develop the interfaces between academia and the Museum.
Dr. Wendler is a media and cultural scientist. He successfully completed his doctorate on historiographic anachronisms in film at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. There he carried out research and taught in the Media Faculty; his field was media history as related to typographic and electronic culture and queer media. His favourite object in the German Museum of Books and Writing is currently a Wanderer music typewriter.
New head of the German Music Archive
Ruprecht Langer took over as head of the German Music Archive on 1 September 2017. After graduating in protestant theology and musicology, he worked for four years on the "Bach-Repertorium der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig" research project at the Leipzig Bach Archive. There he collaborated, among other things, on editing the directory of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's vocal works. In 2014 Mr Langer moved to the music industry and assumed the position of project and label manager at the Leipzig CD label Rondeau Production where he was responsible for the editorial department, international physical and digital distribution, and for marketing and press relations. He also works as a freelance music journalist.
Mr. Langer can be contacted by phone on +49 341 2271-145 and by e-mail at Ruprecht Langer.
Last update: 15.03.2018