From April 2018 to February 2019, the ZfL dedicates
an important part of its activities to its annual topic FORMEN DES GANZEN.

The ZfL BLOG regularly publishes contributions by established scholars on the research into literature and culture.

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

You find the ZfL in the legendary Mossehaus that was reconstructed by architect Erich Mendelsohn in the 1920s.

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

Events

24 May 2018

Lecture
Davide Giuriato (Universität Zürich): Lob der Fliege

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07 Jun 2018 – 08 Jun 2018

Workshop
Verhaltenswissen

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07 Jun 2018

Workshop
Realismus. Probleme literarischer Weltaneignung

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07 Jun 2018

Lecture
Jürgen Fohrmann (Bonn): Identität, Markierung, Hass – Kultur

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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

Workshop
Biographieforschung. Theorie, Methode, Praxis

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21 Jun 2018 – 22 Jun 2018

Conference
The Concept of Species and its Normative Dimension

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28 Jun 2018

Workshop in Berlin
Prophetic Politics as Alternative Political Theology. Pluralizing Horizons of Conceptualizing Religion and Politics

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04 Jul 2018

Wednesday lecture
Eva Horn (Universität Wien): Lokal – global – planetarisch. Klima als Raum

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05 Dec 2018 – 07 Dec 2018

Jahrestagung des ZfL
Formen des Ganzen

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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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Research

I.

History of Theory

analyzes the genealogy of theory and develops innovative forms of historicizing it.

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II.

World Literature

disusses the global interrelations of literature and its potential to shape the world.

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III.

Knowledge of Life

investigates the knowlege of life in historical and interdisciplinary respects.

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IV.

Research Practices and Styles

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

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