Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship

Zukunftsphilologie supports research in marginalized and undocumented textual practices and literary cultures with the aim of integrating texts and scholarly traditions from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as from Europe itself, by way of a critical recuperation of the practice of philology. The program takes as its point of departure the increasingly growing concern with the global significance of philology and its potential to challenge exclusivist notions of the self and the canon.

Zukunftsphilologie hosts a lively series of workshops and lectures as well as international summer and winter schools in the framework of its postdoctoral fellowship program. Five postdoc-fellows, trained in a branch of the historical or philological disciplines, are invited annually to pursue their own research projects within the research group and to work together with Berlin-based research centres and universities in the area of philology. The program seeks to create a context of intellectual synergy, where scholars from various textual and philological traditions can work together comparatively and develop a common language necessary for an engagement in more fundamental political and cultural concerns.

Zukunftsphilologie is directed by Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin) and Islam Dayeh (Freie Universität Berlin), and is supported by a group of scholars, including

Manan Ahmed (Columbia University),
Michael Allan (University of Oregon),
Elisabetta Begnini (University of Turin),
Whitney Cox (University of Chicago),
Adrien Delmas (Institut Francais, South Africa),
Ananya Jahanara Kabir, (King's College London),
Shamil Jeppie (University of Cape Town),
Marcel Lepper (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach),
Sumit Mandal (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus),
Markus Messling (Universität Potsdam),
Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn (CNRS Paris),
Ronit Ricci (Australian National University),
Lena Salaymeh (University of California, Berkeley),
Nicolai Sinai (University of Oxford) and
Shaden Tageldin (University of Minnesota).

Zukunftsphilologie is associated with the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and is a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien.