Research Area 3, "Future Perfect", explores literature’s ability to construct complex temporalities of its own, shaping temporal communities potentially over long expanses of time. RA 3 focuses on literature’s involvement in imagining as well as participating in diverse, often multiple temporalities. It studies how literary texts imagine their own reception in the future and forge temporal communities for themselves. How do cultural practices such as philology construct temporalities, e.g. by establishing chronologies or freezing textual objects in zones of radical synchronicity? How is literary history constituted through teleological narratives?