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Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Research Fellowships

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität Berlin invite scholars to apply for 3 research fellowships in the framework of the research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship.

Zukunftsphilologie is a Berlin-based research program, which 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. The program takes as its point of departure the increasingly growing concern with the global significance of philology and the potential of philology to challenge exclusivist notions of the self and the canon. The program encourages research in the following areas: the genealogy and transformations of philological practice, philology’s place in the system of knowledge (e.g. its relation to science, theology, and jurisprudence), philology and the university, and philology and empire.

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of major and minor linguistic and philological traditions from Africa, Asia and Europe, whose research explores textual practices and disciplinary entanglements in intellectual and literary history, comparative linguistics, philology, the study of religion and the history of science. Applicants should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years and have an excellent record of teaching and research. Fellows are given the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice, provided the topic falls within the research agenda of the program. Fellows are expected to participate in the seminars, workshops and conferences organized within the framework of the program.

Individual research projects should fall within the intellectual framework of Zukunftsphilologie. Projects should have a comparative perspective, whereby the plurality of textual practices, polyphonic textuality, and the trajectories and genealogies of philological traditions are explored. Research projects focusing on intellectual debates, polemics, correspondences, and transregional encounters are especially welcome. In revisiting important philological debates, the goal is not to merely evaluate the argumentative worth of these debates, but rather to reflect on the wider cultural and political context in which these debates emerged and how they have shaped our knowledge of the past. Moreover, an examination of philological debates will shed light on marginal philological traditions and undocumented intellectual positions as well as the ways in which canonical positions were consolidated and normalized.


Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Funding

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