Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (Fruitful or Carpogenic Society)

Project of the Saxon Academy of Sciences (Leipzig) in cooperation with the Duke August Library (Wolfenbüttel)

The palmtree as the emblem of the "Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft"

Formerly classified as an association dedicated mainly to the purification of the German language, this society has gradually emerged as a much more important player in 17th century German intellectual life than hitherto thought. With its 890 members both the first and largest academy of German arts and letters (1617-1680), the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft succeeded in rallying many princes, officials, poets, scholars, and influential noblemen to its cause of enhancing national culture through literature, conversation, philology, and religious, administrative as well as scientific writing. In an age of endless military and confessional strife, the Society promoted peace and national unity by recruiting members from different ranks and opposing parties (among them many foreigners), by cultivating the arts of translation and correspondence, and by developing the vernacular into a refined tool of understanding.


With support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, ten volumes of a critical edition with detailed commentaries were already researched and published. The eleventh volume (1644-1646, two partial volumes) was printed in August 2016. The last two volumes will be finished in the remaining term.


Funding: Akademienprogramm (Programme of the German Union of Academies)
Duration: January 2001 – December 2018
Project Director: Prof. Dr. Klaus Conermann
Researcher: Dr. Gabriele Ball, Dr. Andreas Herz, Jürgen May, Nico Dorn, Alexander Zirr (from Nov. 2016)
Phone: +49(0)5331-808-245, -241, -285, -276, Fax -277