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 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 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

16 Jul 2024

Screening and discussion
Artavazd Peleshyan: Seasons / Our Century

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17 Jul 2024

Max Czollek and Sasha Salzmann in conversation
Contemporary Society and Aesthetic Practice

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17 Jul 2024

Book presentation
Stefani Engelstein (Duke University/ZfL): Geschwister-Logik. Genealogisches Denken in der Literatur und den Wissenschaften der Moderne

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26 Jul 2024

Workshop
Das Dritte Ufer: Beiträge zur Hegelrezeption

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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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