Since April, the ZfL dedicates an important part of its efforts to its ANNUAL TOPIC: »DIVERSITY«.

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


18 Sep 2017

NEW on our BLOG: Tatjana Petzer on Berlin's TV tower and the architecture of unity

With the day of German unity coming up, Tatjana Petzer tells the story of Berlin's TV tower, highlighting the symbolism of spheric architecture (in German).

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12 Sep 2017

ERICA WEITZMAN at ZfL with a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Witzman's research project deals with how the concept of obscenity relates to questions of representation, perception, and knowledge in late nineteenth, early twentieth century European realism.

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31 Aug 2017

PROGRAM of the International Walter Benjamin Conference 2017 from 24 to 27 Sep in Oxford now online

The International Walter Benjamin Society (IWBS) brings scholars and readers of Benjamin from all over the world together. The IWBS office is located at the ZfL.

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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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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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25 Sep 2017 – 27 Sep 2017

International conference in Munich
Taktilität und Gemeinschaft. Literatur und Politik der Berührung

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05 Oct 2017 – 06 Oct 2017

KOSMOS Workshop of the HU Berlin
Ideas in Print: Journalistic Forms in Intellectual History

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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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09 Oct 2017

Stefan Hirschauer: Un/doing Differences statt Diversität. Konzepte der Humandifferenzierung

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11 Oct 2017

Emily Apter: Theorizing in Untranslatables. The Geschlecht Complex

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08 Nov 2017 – 09 Nov 2017

International Workshop in Jerusalem
When tradition ends – Zur Figur des Traditionsbruchs

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14 Nov 2017

Vortrag im Museum für Kommunikation
Judith Elisabeth Weiss (ZfL): Von der Dämmerungsphantasie zum Schwarzen Bild. Die Nacht in der Kunst

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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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24 Nov 2017

Inheritance and Literature

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12 Dec 2017

Vortrag im Museum für Kommunikation
Martin Treml (ZfL): Heilige Nacht. Ein religionskultureller Streifzug – nicht nur für Christen

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16 Jan 2018

Vortrag im Museum für Kommunikation
Eva Geulen (ZfL): »O Nacht! Ich nahm schon Kokain«. Nacht und Drogen in der Literatur

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31 Jan 2018 – 01 Feb 2018

Bildvorlagen. Zwischen Ästhetik und Zweck

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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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