LIFE & WORK NEWS Conference papers on the Internet

The Hans Christian Andersen Center is publishing contributions to international research on the Internet.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 14 August 2003

There was once a time, when it was not particularly obvious for researchers at universities abroad to delve into HCA because of his status as an author of children's books.

The Hans Christian Andersen Center and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) set out to do something about this, holding the world's first HCA conference in August 1991, in which more than 70 scholars from 16 countries participated. There was another conference in 1996 - again at SDU - and yet another in Salt Lake City in the United States in the year 2000.

The benefits gleaned from these conferences have been exceptional. Not only has greater international interest been created for research into Hans Christian Andersen, a number of important books, compiling conference papers, have come out of them. SDU has decided to publish these papers on the Internet.

"The conference compendiums provide scholars without star status the opportunity to publish their research into HCA and, at the same time, they create an international forum for scholars all around the world who have dedicated their careers to delving more deeply into Hans Christian Andersen," says research assistant and website editor for the Hans Christian Andersen Center, Lars Bo Jensen.

He adds that, because these compilations can no longer be purchased, it is especially important to give those interested access to them on the Internet. They are both valuable reading and much in demand at the Hans Christian Andersen Center.

Another international Hans Christian Andersen conference is planned at SDU in 2005, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth.

The Conference papers