The ZfL BLOG regularly publishes contributions on current literary and cultural research.

The MEDIA CENTER provides visual and audio documentation of the ZfL’s research activities.

From summer semester 2022 on, the ZfL dedicates its research to its annual theme COUNTER WORLDS.

The podcast BÜCHER IM GESPRÄCH features researchers talking about their new publications.

The ZfL associates present their research at home and abroad. ZfL EN ROUTE shows where.

The series INTERJEKTE and FORUM INTERDISZIPLINÄRE BEGRIFFSGESCHICHTE present knowledge in Open Access.

At the annual ZfL LITERATURE DAYS we discuss current topics of the literary and the academic world.

You find the ZfL in the legendary Mossehaus that was reconstructed by architect Erich Mendelsohn in the 1920s.

Events

28 Nov 2022

Reading and talk with Rudi Nuss
Always Near I: “Die Realität kommt”

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06 Dec 2022

Ausstellungsführung, Lesung, Podiumsdiskussion, Performance, Musik
Diskurs-Salon #1: »Clapping Won’t Pay My Bills« – Streit über Geld & Arbeit

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07 Dec 2022

Reading and talk
Zwischen uns ist jetzt Krieg. Anna Melikova talks with Matthias Schwartz

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08 Dec 2022

Panel discussion
Navigating Ukrainian Studies in Time of War

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09 Dec 2022

Workshop
Decolonizing Ukrainian Studies

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13 Mar 2023 – 17 Mar 2023

Workshop
Algorithmen anwenden – algorithmisch denken. “Algorithmizität” als Brücke zwischen Geisteswissenschaften und Informatik?

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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 program area History of Theory, World Literature, Knowledge of Life, and in the Focus Projects.

 

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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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IV.

Focus Projects

work on issues that run across the thematic fields of the program areas.

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