Projects Research Area 4

Digital Constructions of Authorship (2020-)

This project will investigate new, digital models of authorship that transcend classic concepts. Concepts of authorship – including ideas about ‘the charismatic artist’ and ‘intellectual property’ – will be probed for how they have changed, for example, through the shifting temporalities of the digital and new media forms of interactivity.

Writing Berlin (2019-)

The project “Writing Berlin” will study the manifold activities promoting inter­national literary exchange that took place in the divided city after the building of the Berlin Wall. There will be an emphasis on the selection processes and on the cultural and political implications of these activities, on their effects on actual literary writing and on how the changing political environ­ment affected the social roles and existence of the authors concerned.

'Tinta(s) Femenina(s)': The 'Discovery', 'Conquest' and 'Takeover' of the Panel as Venue of Feminist Discourses. Women (Characters) in the Spanish and Latin American Comic Production (2019-)

Postdoctoral Project of Jasmin Wrobel
As a part of Research Area 4, “Literary Currencies”, this project investigates, firstly, the relevance of the comic medium - whose cultural and artistic “value” has been repeatedly questioned, especially in the field of Literary Studies. Secondly, it deals with the visibility of female authors and creators in an art form that is remains male-dominated. Thirdly, the project addresses and discusses changing platforms and their respective conditions, from comic strips in newspapers to independent fanzines and new formats such as the web comic.

"kunst im biotop": The Life and Afterlife of Prenzlauer Berg's Literature (2019-)

Doctoral Project of Lukas Nils Regeler
The unofficial art scene of the late 1970s and 1980s East Berlin district Prenzlauer Berg is commonly described using richly faceted nature-derived imagery. In this respect, it is characterized as a "biotop" (biotope/habitat, L. Lorek), a "Dichtergarten des Grauens" (poets' garden of horrors, J. Faktor) or as the "Schrebergarten der Stasi" (allotment of the Stasi, W. Biermann).

Poetics of Radical Vulnerability in Contemporary Literature (2019-)

Doctoral Project of Lea Schneider
This project investigates poetry from Chinese, American/English and German writers who first started publishing their writings online (on Twitter, Instagram, Weixin, Weibo, etc.) and were later “discovered” by editors and publishers from the more traditional/established literary field. Schneider’s work considers the power struggles that emerge when poems originally written for an online audience are transferred into the analogue publishing industry and thereby stress the seemingly stable notion of literature.