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

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.

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

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


28 May 2019

Book presentation
Gershom Scholem: Poetica

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05 Jun 2019

Roundtable discussion
What to forget? What to preserve? Politics of Digital Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe

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12 Jun 2019

Panel discussion
Moscow Formalism and Literary History

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13 Jun 2019

Lecture by Giorgio Agamben with an introduction by Eva Geulen
Giorgio Agamben: Vocative, Voice. Lectio magistralis

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14 Jun 2019 – 15 Jun 2019


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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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19 Jun 2019

Wednesday lecture
Anita Traninger (FU Berlin): Only Connect. Serendipity und die Herausforderung einer globalen Literaturgeschichte

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20 Jun 2019 – 21 Jun 2019

The 2019 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
Europe’s Constitutional Challenges as a Problem of Culture

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26 Jun 2019

Wednesday lecture
Konstantinos Kavoulakos (Universität Kreta): Was heißt Verdinglichung?

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02 Jul 2019

Lecture in the context of the exhibition »Gesten – gestern, heute, übermorgen«
Martin Treml: »Pathetische Gebärdensprache«. Theorie des Gestischen in Aby Warburgs Bilderatlas

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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
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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