ZfL as new cooperation partner in literary and cultural studies
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies has won the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) in Berlin as new cooperation partner. The ZfL is a non-university research institute for literary and cultural studies, which explores literature interdisciplinarily and has amongst others a research focus on East European literatures.
The cooperation agreement, which has now been reached, aims at promoting and intensifying the scientific exchange between both institutions. This means that doctoral candidates and postdocs of the Graduate School will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research at the ZfL. Moreover, they can consult with the scholars of the institute and use ZfL's library resources.
In turn, members of the ZfL can participate in the events of the Graduate School in Munich and Regensburg, hold lectures in the public series "Forum" and cooperate with members of the Graduate School in organising workshops.
Professor Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel, speaker of the Graduate School in Munich, praised the cooperation agreement: "We are very pleased with this cooperation." The Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung studies literature and literary cultures interdisciplinarily and beyond classical national-cultural classifications. Similarily, the Graduate School pursues the concept of integrated area studies looking at social, political and cultural phenomena of East and Southeast Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective, Schulze Wessel added.
The cooperation agreement builds on earlier collaboration between both institutions. ZfL and Graduate School organised their first joint conference in November 2015. Entitled “After Memory, Conflicting Claims regarding World War II in Contemporary East European Literatures", the conference took the seventieth anniversary of the end of the war as an opportunity to investigate portrayals of war in East European literature.