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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08 Dec 2016 – 10 Dec 2016

Kriegstheater. Darstellungen von Krieg, Kampf und Schlacht in Drama und Theater seit der Antike

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11 Jan 2017

Lecture series »Berliner Kulturwissenschaft«
Stefan Willer (ZfL/HU Berlin): Was ist Zukunftswissen?

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21 Nov 2016

Sigrid Weigel received the prestigious Aby Warburg Prize of the City of Hamburg

Aby Warburg (1866–1929)
The Senate of the City of Hamburg awards the prize every four years to persons who work with an interdisciplinary academic and cultural interest.

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17 Nov 2016

Rezension zum Band "Futurologien. Ordnungen des Zukunftswissens" erschienen

Die 36 Beiträge des Bandes eröffnen anhand von Lemmata wie »Versprechen«, »Mantik«, »Prophet«, »Posthumanismus« oder »Nanotechnologie« ein historisches und interdisziplinäres Panorama verschiedenartiger Futurologien.

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15 Nov 2016

Rezension zum Band "Begriffsgeschichte und historische Semantik" erschienen

Das Kompendium von Ernst Müller und Falko Schmieder unternimmt eine umfassende Rekonstruktion von bislang oft isoliert behandelten Beiträgen und Debatten in den verschiedenen Disziplinen.

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01 Oct 2016

ZfL unterwegs

Im Wintersemester gibt es viele spannende Vorträge von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern des ZfL im In- und Ausland...

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21 Sep 2016

New website

The ZfL has a new website. We apologize for any inconveniences that may occur due to the relaunch.

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01 Sep 2016

New publication: Philatelie als Kulturwissenschaft

In January 2016, the conference »Philately as Cultural Science« took place. It was organised by Dirk Naguschewski and Detlev Schöttker in cooperation with the Museum for Communication. The ensuing publication has just been released.

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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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Tools of the Trade and Thought-Styles

gives our researchers a chance to reflect on practical issues in our in-house laboratory.

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