Conferences and Seminars
The center has taken the initiative in arranging international Hans Christian Andersen conferences, in order to strengthen international research carried out on HCA-related subjects.
The first international HCA conference was held at the University of Odense (now University of Southern Denmark) in July/August 1991 (the conference report: Andersen og verden (Andersen and the World), published by Odense University Press 1993).
The second international HCA conference was held July/August 1996, also at the University of Odense (now University of Southern Denmark).
The third international conference was held by the Brigham Young University in cooperation with the Hans Christian Andersen Centre, Odense, in Snowbird, Utah, USA, June 2000. The papers from this conference have been published in the book H.C. Andersen. Old Problems and New Readings (2004).
Moreover, the center has also held a seminar for foreign translators of Hans Christian Andersen (at Hindsgavl Castle, 1992). This was followed up by a similar seminar at the University of Norwich, England, in 1994. Furthermore, the center regularly participates in HCA seminars and presentations in other countries (Germany, USA, Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, Russia, Japan).
In August 2005 the Hans Christian Andersen Center was host of The Fourth International Hans Christian Andersen conference.
- Investigations of the lines of development and aesthetic qualities in the entire collection of HCA´s fairy-tales and stories. See http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/center/stab/jdm/forvandlingens_pris_e.html
- Translation problems and the history of translation. See http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/forskning/konference/papers2005_e.html?res=366&order=1#res366. At March 31, 2007, an international seminar for Andersen translators was held in Odense.
- Publication of Hans Christian Andersens correspondence with the Melchiors and Friederike Serre by Niels Oxenvad, former director of Odense Citys Museums (see Staff). The Andersen-Melchior correspondence will be published in three volumes by Odense City Museums in August 2007 and presented at the museum on 31 August. The Andersen-Serre correspondence will be published as part of:
- A comprehensive database of letters to, from, and about Hans Christian Andersen.
- A PhD project concerning Hans Christian Andersen's travelogues in the context of the aesthetics of Stimmung (mood, atmosphere) in 18th and 19th century literature.