The ZfL blog enables the institute to interact dynamically and flexibly with today’s most pressing questions and issues. This is an essential part of the institute’s mission and as a subscriber and supporter of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, we aim to allow the public free access to our publicly funded research projects. The blog is a key portal through which the public can interact with our research.
Our blog entries are written by colleagues working at the institute as well as (in future) by guest contributors from around the world. Different sections of the blog respond to different topics: AD HOC reacts to questions of contemporary urgency; EINBLICK provides information about current research projects; LEKTÜREN offers readings of and responses to specific texts; SAG MAL! features profiles on individual researchers at the institute. The blog also addresses topics related to the institute’s Annual Themes (Jahresthemen).
During the academic year 2016/17, the practice of blogging itself was the research focus of a working group at the ZfL Blogging in the Humanities – as part of the institute’s Research Focus IV. This group discussed not only the pros and cons of blogging as a format, but also investigated the origin of the concept and helped to develop the rich potential of the medium for the ZfL's activities.