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

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

From winter semester 2023 on, the ZfL dedicates its research to its annual theme ACTIVISM AND ACADEMIA.

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.

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.

The ZfL has moved!

NEW ADDRESS as of July 1, 2023:
Pariser Straße 1, 10719 Berlin

Events

27 May 2024

Workshop
Sprachen der Physik

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29 May 2024 – 31 May 2024

Conference
Semiotic Machines: Artificial Text and the Praxis of Reading

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06 Jun 2024 – 07 Jun 2024

Workshop
European Centers and Peripheries in the Political Novel

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10 Jun 2024

Book club
Wladimir Sorokin: Manaraga

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12 Jun 2024 – 14 Jun 2024

International conference
The Rescuing Sovereign at Sea: Historical Perspectives on Maritime Law, Morals, and Politics

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13 Jun 2024 – 14 Jun 2024

Interdisciplinary workshop with a literary reading
Deep Time: (Durch) geologische Zeit erzählen und erklären

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20 Jun 2024 – 21 Jun 2024

Workshop (external)
Ecological Perspectives on the Nexus Rerum

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03 Jul 2024

Wednesday lecture
Sylvia Sasse (Universität Zürich): Probleme mit der Wirklichkeit. Dokumentarliteratur und Dokumentartheater vor Gericht

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03 Jul 2024 – 05 Jul 2024

Workshop
Dokumentarische Evidenz – Zu einem besonderen Genre sprachlicher und praxeologischer Vergangenheitserkenntnis

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05 Jul 2024 – 06 Jul 2024

Conference
The Absoulute Idealism of Reception

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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 key 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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