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


26 Jul 2017
Call for Articles

CfA: Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte, Focus ›Diversity‹

The E-Journal Forum Interdisciplinäre Begriffsgeschichte, published by the ZfL, will focus on the concept ›Diversity‹
Deadline for topic suggestions: 15 Aug 2017

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25 Jul 2017

Exhibition opening: »Die Seele ist ein Oktopus« in Ingolstadt

Until October 15, 2017, the exhibition on ancient representations of the moving body in the German Medical History Museum curated by Uta Kornmeier can be seen.

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24 Jul 2017

NEW on the net: E-Journal Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte (FIB)

Release of the E-Journal Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte (FIB) [Interdisciplinary Conceptual History Forum] No 1/2017 (Open Access Publication of the ZfL) with articles on »Zukunftswissen« and »Begriffe im Raum – Raumbegriffe«.

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20 Jul 2017

NEW on our BLOG: Falko Schmieder's reading of »I Will Survive«

Starting at this classic of disco music the historian of concepts Falko Schmieder critizes the inflationary concept of Survival [in German].

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17 Jul 2017

New publication: Kommentar und Säkularisierung in der Moderne

This new publication of the Trajekte book series questions the possibilities of the commentary of religious texts under the circumstances of secularization. Which figures of thought sacralize secular texts and how does this affect our understanding of the form of commentary?

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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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13 Sep 2017 – 14 Sep 2017

Workshop in New York
The figure of the Prophet in the political theory of the 20th century in the American context

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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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24 Nov 2017 – 25 Nov 2017

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

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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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