The Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" aims to create a new theoretical and methodological take on literature in a global perspective that moves beyond the categories of nation and period and conceives of literature instead as a transcultural and transtemporal phenomenon in deep time. Based on the insight that literature is a fundamentally performative and intermedial phenomenon, a form of social action taking place in complex networks of human and non-human actors, the Cluster studies how literature becomes global through its temporal entanglements. Introducing the notion of ‘temporal communities’, the Cluster investigates the ways in which literature reaches out through space and time and establishes extensive transtemporal networks in which the notion of literature itself is constantly re-constituted as it interacts with other arts and media.
The Cluster is situated within a vibrant network of international academic partners and local collaborators including universities and libraries as well as literary and artistic institutions and museums, and it combines an international fellowship programme with a dynamic and flexible platform for projects involving early career researchers, established scholars and international fellows from all career stages.
The Inter-Departmental Governance Board safeguards the Cluster’s institutional integration within Freie Universität Berlin. The board members examine and evaluate the Cluster’s activities based on the Cluster’s official reports and give recommendations concerning core activities.
The Steering Committee consists of the representatives of the Cluster’s international cooperation partners. The committee members advise the Executive Board on issues relating to the development and implementation of the Cluster’s international network. Furthermore, the Steering Committee assists in identifying distinguished candidates for fellowships.
The International Advisory Board consists of eight internationally renowned scholars. Each has played a significant role in shaping and developing the field of global literary studies to which the Cluster is dedicated. During an annual community event, the International Academic Advisory Board meets with Principal Investigators, Participating Researchers and early career researchers to advise on the further development of the Cluster and to join resident members in discussing the Cluster’s emergent research questions.