Construction, translation and lifting borders in art and literature

Group leaders: Professor Burcu Dogramaci, Professor Dorothee Gelhard

The focus of this study group lies on the literary and artistic work of east and southeast European artists from the 19th into the 21st century. We investigate the creation and background of texts, objects and performances as well as their reception and impact.

According to Pierre Bourdieu, who understands culture as a central element of “congealed experience”, sociological processes provide an important point of reference for cultural discussion and analysis. He argues that texts, objects and performances can all reflect collective narrative and subversive discourse as well as individual perception and experience. A questioning approach to national expectations and definitions is key: art and literature must be accepted as transnational and discursive. They should therefore not only be approached from a national perspective but also set in an international context.

The projects of this study group’s members are based around literature, art history, theatre and film studies and take an interdisciplinary approach to topics such as processes of cultural exchange in a European and global context, modelling of transnational spaces, construction and destruction in identity building or the problems of translation and the experience of alterity.