Beginning in April, the ZfL will dedicate an important part of its efforts to its new ANNUAL TOPIC: »DIVERSITY«.

Contributions to the research into literature and culture: our ZfL BLOG


11 Apr 2017

NEW on our BLOG: Mona Körte's review of »Erste Erde. Epos« by Raoul Schrott

Mona Körte: RAOUL SCHROTTS »ERSTE ERDE. EPOS«. Die Geburt des Universums in einer untoten Gattung [in German]

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01 Apr 2017

NEW on our BLOG: A post on Diversity (in the perspective of history of concepts)

Ernst Müller/Falko Schmieder: Diversität, begriffsgeschichtlich [in German]

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24 Mar 2017

NEW on our BLOG: Christina Pareigis's review of Abraham Sutzkever

Christina Pareigis: Der abwesende Gott. Abraham Sutzkever/Avrom Brudno: »unter dayne vayse shtern« [in German]

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17 Mar 2017

CFP: Genealogies of Diversity. Contexts and figurations of a controversial concept

7th International Summer Academy at the ZfL
09 Oct 2017–12 Oct 2017, Deadline: 31st March 2017

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13 Mar 2017

Carlo Barck Prize

In honour of its former co-director Karlheinz Barck (1934–2012), the ZfL has created the Carlo Barck Prize to reward an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of literary and cultural studies.

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03 Mar 2017
Call for Papers

Call for Papers: International Walter Benjamin Conference 2017

University of Oxford, 25th–27th Sept 2017, Deadline: 31st March 2017

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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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27 Apr 2017 – 28 Apr 2017

Zu Protokoll. Theoriegeschichte und Ideenpolitik einer übersehenen Gattung

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09 May 2017

Lecture at the Museum für Kommunikation
Jakob Gehlen (ZfL): Fleischliches Begehren. Goethe als Werbeträger

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18 May 2017 – 20 May 2017

International Symposium at the ZfL Berlin
Figuren der Stellvertretung / Representing Agency

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21 Jun 2017

Wednesday lecture
Michael Allan (University of Oregon): In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt

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23 Jun 2017 – 24 Jun 2017

Annual workshop of the AILC / ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory

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27 Jun 2017

Lecture at the Museum für Kommunikation
Matthias Schwartz/Dirk Naguschewski (ZfL): »Du bist Deutschland«. Diversität als Werbeziel

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28 Jun 2017

Wednesday lecture
Ulrich Bröckling (Freiburg): Postheroische Helden. Ein Zeitbild

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11 Jul 2017

Lecture at the Museum für Kommunikation
Stephanie Eichberg (ZfL): Schockbilder und subversive Reklame. Werbekampagnen der anderen Art

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13 Jul 2017 – 14 Jul 2017

Joint workshop of the ZfL and the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association
Zeitschriften als Netzwerke. Perspektiven digitaler Erforschung und Darstellung

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09 Oct 2017 – 12 Oct 2017

7th International Summer Academy at the ZfL 2017
Genealogies of Diversity. Contexts and figurations of a controversial concept

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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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