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.

Since 01 Jan 2019, we are a member of the Leibniz Association and thus the
Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research.

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

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

Events

24 Apr 2019

Book presentation
Walter Benjamin. Material und Begriff

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25 Apr 2019 – 27 Apr 2019

Conference
Aussterben. Darstellungen und Diskurse am Beispiel bedrohter Arten und Sprachen

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17 May 2019 – 18 May 2019

Conference in Zurich
Arbeit am Paradigma. Eine Bestandsaufnahme der Forschung zu Religion und Literatur

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18 Jun 2019

Lecture in the context of the exhibition »Gesten – gestern, heute, übermorgen«
Sophia Gräfe: Verhalten oder Zeichen? Zum Verständnis von Gesten in der Biologie

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02 Jul 2019

Lecture in the context of the exhibition »Gesten – gestern, heute, übermorgen«
Martin Treml: »Pathetische Gebärdensprache«. Theorie des Gestischen in Aby Warburgs Bilderatlas

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11 Jul 2019 – 20 Jul 2019

Transregional Academy
Minor/Small Literature(s). Perspectives on World Literature from Elsewhere

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10 Oct 2019 – 12 Oct 2019

International Symposium
New Approaches to Hans Blumenberg

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05 Dec 2019 – 07 Dec 2019

Jahrestagung des ZfL
Historicizing

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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 three research areas History of Theory, World Literature, and Knowledge of Life.

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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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