Promoting Young Researchers
The ZfL attaches great importance to the promotion of young researchers. Funding opportunities for doctoral students include:
- ZfL Doctoral Fellowships (full-time fellowships for projects with a recognizable relevance to one or more of the three program areas)
- doctoral positions within the framework of projects with outside funding
A meeting of all doctoral students, organized in consultation with the management, is held once every semester. In addition, each year the ZfL organizes an International Summer Academy related to its annual topic, open to doctoral students and post-docs from around the world.
In 2017, ZfL began awarding the bi-annual Carlo Barck Prize for outstanding dissertations in the field of literature and cultural studies that pose innovative questions and display original conception. The prize money of 10,000 Euros is awarded as a six-month fellowship at the ZfL.
In conjunction with the International Walter Benjamin Society and the Walter Benjamin Archiv, the ZfL awards the “Walter Benjamin Award for Young Researchers,” endowed with 4500 Euros for young researchers to independently conceive, organize and conduct a two-day workshop.
Current Dissertation Projects
- Living Houses. Literary ›Biotectures‹ of the 20th and 21st Centuries
- Catastrophe in Twentieth-Century European Thought. A Critical Conceptual History
- “Écrire dans la langue de l'ennemi”. The Concept of Autosociobiographical Writing in Contemporary French Literature
Christina Ernst (Project Neighborhood in Contemporary Berlin Literature)
- Wild References. A Theoretical and Literary History of Ethnographic Trends
- Symbiotic Knowledge. The Biology and Philosophy of Cohabitation in the Anthropocene
- Psychologism. Forms and Functions of a Suspicion in Literary Studies
- Be Thy Knowledge! On the Representation Crisis of Nature