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


15 Dec 2017

NEW on the ZfL BLOG: Judith Elisabeth Weiss about the exhibition »Form Follows Flower«

The show displays the engagement with nature in design education and design. It shows teaching materials such as models, herbaria, wall charts and photographs that were used to investigate and reveal the laws of natural forms.

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28 Nov 2017
Trajekte magazine

While stocks last!

From 2000 to 2015, TRAJEKTE magazine covered topics of European history of knowledge and culture. We give away our remainders for free (issue 13-31).

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21 Nov 2017

OUT NOW: Wörter aus der Fremde. Begriffsgeschichte als Übersetzungsgeschichte, ed. by Falko Schmieder and Georg Toepfer

This volume contains 52 case studies deal with words that have migrated to other languages and have settled there for a variety of reasons.

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10 Nov 2017

NEU on our BLOG: Stefan Willer sheds a light on the current state of Low German

Low German falls under the protection of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Stefan Willer discusses how this affects its use in literature and radio programs within the framework of diversity politics (in German).

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01 Nov 2017
Call for papers

Telling, Describing, Representing Extermination. The Auschwitz Sonderkommando, their Testimony and their Legacy

International conference organized at the Centre Marc Bloch and the ZfL, Apr. 12-13, 2018. Deadline Nov. 19th, 2017

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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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18 Dec 2017

Stascha Rohmer: Der Standpunkt der Erlösung. Adorno, Plessner und die Erkenntnistheorie

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11 Jan 2018 – 12 Jan 2018

Annual conference of the ZfL
Diversität darstellen

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15 Jan 2018

Eva Geulen: When Time Becomes Form. Kubler, Jolles, Kracauer

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16 Jan 2018

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

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17 Jan 2018

John Zilcosky (University of Toronto): Wrestling, or The Art of Disentangling Bodies

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23 Jan 2018

Panel discussion
Kunstwerk als Handlung. Neue Zugänge zum Gegenwartstheater ausgehend von Hegels Ästhetik

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31 Jan 2018 – 01 Feb 2018

Bildvorlagen. Zwischen Ästhetik und Zweck

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31 Jan 2018

Lecture series Berliner Kulturwissenschaft at the HU Berlin
Stefan Willer: Überwachung. Zur Gegenwart und Geschichte einer Kultur-, Macht- und Selbsttechnik

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16 Feb 2018

PREMEC - Second Workshop at EHESS in Paris
Joseph Wulf: Ein polnisch-jüdischer Historiker in der BRD. Zwischen Zeugenwissen und engagierter Geschichtsschreibung

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16 Feb 2018

Literatur im Geschichtsbuch – Geschichte im Lesebuch

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09 Mar 2018 – 11 Mar 2018

Veranstaltungsreihe mit Oper, Symposion und begleitender Filmreihe
Oper und Film

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12 Apr 2018 – 13 Apr 2018

International conference
Telling, Describing, Representing Extermination. The Manuscripts of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando

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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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