Material Texts

The production, circulation, translation, and reception of texts in all aspects of their materiality.

Material Texts are concerned with the material conditions that enable, shape, and constrain texts.  This includes, for instance, work on reading communities, libraries, printing presses, digital formats, translation markets, and page layout. As a group, we combine expertise and different methodological approaches from translation studies, book history, data science, and literary sociology.  

As a group, we meet 6 times a year to discuss work-in-progress, hear presentations of our own and outside speakers’ work, support PhD students, and learn more about the different approaches to language in its material forms.

Previous collaborations between members of the group have involved a workshop on ‘Formats,’ a proposed database of translations from French, Italian, and German into Danish, a monograph on reading practices during the Covid-19 pandemic, a seminar on podcasts and audiobooks, ongoing teaching collaborations in the areas of translation and digital humanities, and various joint grant applications in our fields of interest.


  • Materiality and translation
  • Eye tracking
  • Formats, graphic design, paratext and genre
  • Print as collaborative design
  • The history and practice of reading






  • 27/2: Precirculated Paper Maria Damkjær, ‘Fiction for Other Purposes’.
  • 27/3: Oral presentation by Robert Rix and Katrine Wonge Lohmann.
  • 24/4: Peer Review Workshop: Amanda Grimsbo Roswall, “The 1970s: Remembering with Annie Ernaux, Unforgetting with Mark Fisher”.
  • 22/5: Oral presentation by Hanne Jansen.



Name Title Phone E-mail
Damkjær, Maria Associate Professor +4535330076 E-mail
Hvelplund, Kristian Tangsgaard Associate Professor +4535328177 E-mail
Jansen, Hanne Associate Professor +4535328439 E-mail
Lock, Charles Professor +4535328622 E-mail
Lupton, Tina Jane Professor +4593509415 E-mail
Rix, Robert William Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4535328170 E-mail
Roswall, Amanda Grimsbo PhD Fellow +4535325818 E-mail
Verstraete-Hansen, Lisbeth Head of Department +4535330089 E-mail