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

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.

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.


02 Oct 2018

Reading and discussion at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus
»Ich vervielfältige mein Leben durch die täglichen Notate«. Der Autor und sein Tagebuch

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05 Oct 2018

Samuel Weber (Chicago/Paris): Berlin, 1. Mai 1968. Ein Augenblick

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06 Nov 2018

Reading and discussion at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus
Kalender, Notizheft, Zettelkasten, Blog. Zur Aktualität des Tagebuchs

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14 Nov 2018

Stefan Andriopoulos (New York): Gespenster. Kant und Marx

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04 Dec 2018

Reading and discussion at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus
Chronik der Gegenwart. Tagebuch und Zeitgeschichte

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05 Dec 2018 – 07 Dec 2018

Annual conference of the ZfL
Forms of the Whole

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25 Apr 2019 – 27 Apr 2019

Aussterben. Darstellungen und Diskurse am Beispiel bedrohter Arten und Sprachen

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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 Formats & Practices.

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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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Formats & Practices

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

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