New website

The ZfL has a new website. We apologize for any inconveniences that may occur due to the relaunch.

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Research associate in the project »Batumi, Odessa, Trabzon«

Job opening for a research associatate in the project »Batumi, Odessa, Trabzon. The Cultural Semantics of the Black Sea from the Perspective of Eastern Port Cities«. Project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

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Research associate in the research area »History of Theory«

The ZfL is currently accepting applications for a three-year position as research associate, starting January 1, 2017, in the project »German as Language for the Humanities around 1900«. Applications due by October 8, 2016.

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New publication: Philatelie als Kulturwissenschaft

In January 2016, the conference »Philately as Cultural Science« took place. It was organised by Dirk Naguschewski and Detlev Schöttker in cooperation with the Museum for Communication. The ensuing publication has just been released.

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New project: The History of Radiography in the History of Art

Since August 2016 a new project headed by Uta Kornmeier is underway at the ZfL. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2016–2019: »Intimate Images. The History of Radiography in the History of Art«.

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New publication on the History of Concepts

E. Müller's and F. Schmieder's compendium undertakes a comprehensive reconstruction of contributions and debates in the various disciplines that have - until now - often been explored in isolation from each other.

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The ZfL

The ZfL is a humanities institute for literary research in interdisciplinary contexts that draws from a cultural studies framework. Its methods also engage with the structural transformations within historical-hermeneutic subject areas that have taken place in recent decades. In contrast to the study of literature at universities, predominantly organized by nationality, the ZfL fosters a broad concept of literature, but also uses interdisciplinary tools to fundamentally question the etiology of various literary concepts, their potential for the future, and the relationship between literature and other arts or cultural practices. This is done in the four research areas History of Theory, World Literature, Knowledge of Life, and Tools of the Trade and Thought-Styles.

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2016-10-05 – 2016-10-07

Körper, Gedächtnis, Literatur in (post-)totalitären Kulturen

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2016-10-06 – 2016-10-08

Doing Face - Gesicht als Ereignis

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2016-11-25 – 2016-11-26

Literaturtage des ZfL in the Literaturhaus Berlin
Bildungswege und Erziehungsorte in der Gegenwartsliteratur

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History of Theory

analyzes the genealogy of theory and develops innovative forms of historicizing it.

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World Literature

disusses the global interrelations of literature and its potential to shape the world.

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Knowledge of Life

investigates the knowlege of life in historical and interdisciplinary respects.

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