»Genealogies of Diversity«.
The 7th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY will take place in October 2017. Deadline for applications: 31 Mar 2017

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


13 Mar 2017

Carlo Barck Prize

In honour of its former co-director Karlheinz Barck (1934–2012), the ZfL has created the Carlo Barck Prize to reward an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of literary and cultural studies.

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03 Mar 2017
Call for Papers

Call for Papers: International Walter Benjamin Conference 2017

University of Oxford, 25th–27th Sept 2017, Deadline: 31st March 2017

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09 Jan 2017

Coming Up: Survival, Iranian Style. Symposium – Debates – Performance

"Survival, Iranian Style": Three colleagues of the ZfL will participate in a symposium at the Radialsystem V. The event also contains debates and a performance and ist co-organized by Maryam Palizban, formerly of the ZfL.

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02 Jan 2017

New publication: ›Complicirte mannigfache Harmonie‹ Erinnerungen an Eberhard Lämmert, hg. v. Eva Geulen

Memories on Eberhard Lämmert: literary scholar, president of university, academic politician. Stations of his life in various perspectives. Publication in German.

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15 Dec 2016

Now online: new edition of the E-Journal FIB

The new edition of the E-Journal Forum Interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte (FIB) 2/2016 (in German), edited by Ernst Müller, is now online.

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15 Dec 2016

Now online: Inaugural lectures of D. Weidner and St. Willer

The two inaugural lectures, »Entzauberung, Enttäuschung und Erwartungsrest« (Daniel Weidner) and »Vom Wünschen« (Stefan Willer), held at the Department of Cultural Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on June 9, 2016 are now online.

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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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24 Mar 2017

Keynote lecture
Stephan Pabst (Universität Jena): Der sowjetische Goethe. Walter Benjamins Goethe-Artikel für die Große Sowjetische Enzyklopädie

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31 Mar 2017

Call for Papers: 7th International Summer Academy at the ZfL 2017
Genealogies of Diversity. Contexts and figurations of a controversial concept

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25 Mar 2017 – 26 Mar 2017

Walter Benjamin Workshop for Younger Scholars
Material and Concept. Working Methods and Theoretical Relations of Walter Benjamin

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06 Apr 2017

Workshop am IFK Wien
Apokalypse und Politik. Zur Aktualität von Jacob Taubes

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27 Apr 2017 – 28 Apr 2017

Zu Protokoll. Theoriegeschichte und Ideenpolitik einer übersehenen Gattung

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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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