Since 01 Jan 2019, we are a member of the Leibniz Association and thus the
Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research.

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

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

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.

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


11 Jun 2020 – 13 Jun 2020

International Conference – Call for Papers
Socialism's Divergent Masculinities. Representations of Male Subjectivities in Soviet Constellations and Beyond

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28 Feb 2019

Flucht und Theater in der Antike und heute

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04 Apr 2019 – 06 Apr 2019

Conference by the DFG network »Berühren«
Berühren denken

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25 Apr 2019 – 27 Apr 2019

Aussterben. Darstellungen und Diskurse am Beispiel bedrohter Arten und Sprachen

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18 Jun 2019

Lecture in the context of the exhibition »Gesten – gestern, heute, übermorgen«
Sophia Gräfe: Verhalten oder Zeichen? Zum Verständnis von Gesten in der Biologie

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11 Jul 2019 – 20 Jul 2019

Transregional Academy
Minor/Small Literature(s). Perspectives on World Literature from Elsewhere

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10 Oct 2019 – 12 Oct 2019

International Symposium at the ZfL
New Approaches to Hans Blumenberg

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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 three research areas History of Theory, World Literature, and Knowledge of Life.

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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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