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News

10 Oct 2017

OUT NOW! A collection of essays on the ›holy text‹, ed. by Y. Almog, C. Sauter, and D. Weidner

The new issue of the ZfL online publication series INTERJEKTE aims at a theory of the holy text. The essays (in German) investigate readings, practices, and adaptations of ›holy texts‹ from different perspectives such as religious and literary studies, theology, and visual studies.

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29 Sep 2017
CONGRATULATIONS

»Working group for the Cultural Study of Periodicals« now associate member of Eurozine

The »Working group for the Cultural Study of Periodicals« that is based at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen and at the ZfL is now associate member of Eurozine.

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25 Sep 2017

NEW on our BLOG: Moritz Neuffer on Robert Stockhammer's book about 1967

Stockhammer engages with textual evidence of 1967, and Neuffer in his review article illuminates the consequences of this approach for historiography (in German).

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18 Sep 2017

NEW on our BLOG: Tatjana Petzer on Berlin's TV tower and the architecture of unity

With the day of German unity coming up, Tatjana Petzer tells the story of Berlin's TV tower, highlighting the symbolism of spheric architecture (in German).

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12 Sep 2017

ERICA WEITZMAN at ZfL with a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Witzman's research project deals with how the concept of obscenity relates to questions of representation, perception, and knowledge in late nineteenth, early twentieth century European realism.

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12 Sep 2017
GRATULATION

DFG-NETWORK »The Aesthetics and Politics of Touch in Literature and Other Media« APPROVED

The DFG-Network »The Aesthetics and Politics of Touch in Literature and Other Media« headed by Sandra Fluhrer (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Andrea Erwig (ZfL) has been approved by the DFG for a period of two years.

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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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Events

08 Nov 2017 – 09 Nov 2017

International Workshop in Jerusalem
When tradition ends – Zur Figur des Traditionsbruchs

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14 Nov 2017

Vortrag im Museum für Kommunikation
Judith Elisabeth Weiss (ZfL): Von der Dämmerungsphantasie zum Schwarzen Bild. Die Nacht in der Kunst

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24 Nov 2017 – 25 Nov 2017

ZfL workshop at the Warburg-Haus Hamburg
Politische Ikonologie – Begriffsgeschichte – Epochenschwellen

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24 Nov 2017

Workshop
Inheritance and Literature

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30 Nov 2017 – 01 Dec 2017

Tagung
»Die Unfähigkeit zu trauern« – 50 Jahre danach

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12 Dec 2017

Vortrag im Museum für Kommunikation
Martin Treml (ZfL): Heilige Nacht. Ein religionskultureller Streifzug – nicht nur für Christen

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13 Dec 2017

Mittwochsvortrag
Sandra Richter (Stuttgart): Wie und zu welchem Ende schreibt man eine Weltgeschichte der deutschsprachigen Literatur?

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16 Jan 2018

Vortrag im Museum für Kommunikation
Eva Geulen (ZfL): »O Nacht! Ich nahm schon Kokain«. Nacht und Drogen in der Literatur

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31 Jan 2018 – 01 Feb 2018

Workshop
Bildvorlagen. Zwischen Ästhetik und Zweck

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Research

I.

History of Theory

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

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II.

World Literature

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

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III.

Knowledge of Life

investigates the knowlege of life in historical and interdisciplinary respects.

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IV.

Research Practices and Styles

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

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