From April 2019 to February 2020, the ZfL dedicates an important part of its activities to its annual topic HISTORICIZING TODAY.

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

ZfL EN ROUTE shows you where to meet our research associates at conferences, workshops and guest lectures outside the ZfL.

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

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

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


23 Sep 2019 – 26 Sep 2019

9th International Summer academy at the ZfL 2019
Historicizing. Forms, Practices, Significance

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10 Oct 2019 – 12 Oct 2019

International Symposion
New Approaches to Hans Blumenberg

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22 Nov 2019 – 23 Nov 2019

ZfL Literature Days

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05 Dec 2019 – 07 Dec 2019

Jahrestagung des ZfL

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10 Dec 2019 – 12 Dec 2019

“History goes Pop”? On the Popularization of the Past in the Memory Cultures of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

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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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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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