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

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.

Since April 2017, the ZfL has dedicated
an important part of its activities to its annual topic DIVERSITY.

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


05 Mar 2018

Book presentation and discussion
Apokalypse und Politik. Jacob Taubes und die Folgen

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09 Mar 2018 – 11 Mar 2018

Veranstaltungsreihe mit Oper, Symposion und begleitender Filmreihe
Oper und Film

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15 Mar 2018 – 16 Mar 2018

International symposium
»We Refugees« – 75 Years after. Hannah Arendt’s Reflections on Human Rights and the Human Condition

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12 Apr 2018 – 13 Apr 2018

International conference
Telling, Describing, Representing Extermination. The Manuscripts of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando

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20 Apr 2018 – 21 Apr 2018

ZfL Literature Days at the Literaturhaus Berlin
Sonderlinge in der Gegenwartsliteratur

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23 May 2018

Lascha Bakradze (Tbilissi): Der Kaukasus und Georgien im Kontext der Imperien während des Ersten Weltkriegs und danach

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13 Jun 2018

Wednesday lecture
Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Universität Münster): Kulturen und Bilder des Entscheidens

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15 Jun 2018

Biographieforschung. Theorie, Methode, Praxis

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21 Jun 2018 – 22 Jun 2018

The Concept of Species and its Normative Dimension

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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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