Here you will find an overview of upcoming and ongoing events of the citizen science project Gruß & Kuss, the Love Letter Archive, as well as our contributions to conferences and exhibitions.

Information on participation formats as well as participation requirements for the Gruß & Kuss project can be found here: Participate.

Gruß & Kuss Conference

Liebesbriefbündel mit roter Schlaufe
Photo: Birte C. Gnau-Franké

At the end of the BMBF-funded Citizen Science project Gruß & Kuss, a final conference will reflect on the joint research and digitisation of love letters with citizen scientists, present the results and findings, and hold further lectures on Citizen Science and love letter research as well as a panel discussion.

Date: 7 and 8 March 2024
Location: Universitätsstr. 1, 56070 Koblenz

“Slam of Love Letters” at the Johannisnacht in Mainz

To kick off the Johannisnacht, four poetry slammers with their own texts and real historical love letters read out by staff members of the Love Letter Archive and the Gruß & Kuss project will pose the question: “Is it possible to compete with love letters?” In addition, there will be an insight into the research object “love letter” and more!

Date: 23 June 2023, from 5:30 pm
Location: Gutenberg Museum, Liebfrauenplatz 5, 55116 Mainz

Love letter regulars’ table

Photo: Birte C. Gnau-Franké

Once a month, the Gruß & Kuss staff in Koblenz and Darmstadt meet with interested citizen researchers to read love letters together in a relaxed atmosphere. At each so called “Stammtisch”, a different exciting topic on love letter research is presented with selected love letters.

Next date: June 7, 18:00
Location: Residence Palace Darmstadt, R16 & University of Koblenz, GF | RF312.
Topic: Love letters through the ages

With a guest lecture by Dr Erwin Kreim: “The influence of Gutenberg’s invention on love letter communication” in Darmstadt!

Love letter consultation hour

Photo: Birte C. Gnau-Franké

The Gruß & Kuss team invites you to participate in the weekly love letter consultation: We will advise you on all aspects of the Gruß & Kuss project, opportunities for participation, planned workshops, and help with ongoing transcriptions. Access details for the consultation hour will be provided by email.

Online, Wednesdays, 16:30-17:15.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us or join us for a digital love letter consultation.
A list of events held so far can be found here.