ZfL EN ROUTE shows you where to meet our research associates at conferences, workshops and guest lectures outside the ZfL.

From April 2018 to February 2019, the ZfL dedicates
an important part of its activities to its annual topic FORMEN DES GANZEN.

The ZfL BLOG regularly publishes contributions by established scholars on the research into literature and culture.

You find the ZfL in the legendary Mossehaus that was reconstructed by architect Erich Mendelsohn in the 1920s.

The ZfL has created two open access publications: INTERJEKTE and FORUM INTERDISZIPLINÄRE BEGRIFFSGESCHICHTE.


28 Aug 2018

Event at the Museum für Kommunikation
Science is Pop! Kurzvorträge und Hörbeispiele zur Berliner Musik-Kultur

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10 Sep 2018

International Summer Academy at the ZfL – Public keynote lecture
Ruth Mayer (Universität Hannover): The Longest Short Ever. Seriality and Spectacular Storytelling in the Film Serial Hazards of Helen (1914–1917)

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11 Sep 2018

International Summer Academy at the ZfL – Public keynote lecture
Christiane Reitz (Universität Rostock): 1000 Schiffe oder 1186? Zur Poetik des Katalogs in antiker epischer Dichtung

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05 Oct 2018

Samuel Weber: Berlin, 1. Mai 1968. Ein Augenblick

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05 Dec 2018 – 07 Dec 2018

Jahrestagung des ZfL
Formen des Ganzen

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25 Apr 2019 – 27 Apr 2019

Aussterben. Darstellungen und Diskurse am Beispiel bedrohter Arten und Sprachen

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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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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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Research Practices and Styles

gives our researchers a chance to reflect on practical issues in our in-house laboratory.

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