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 is a program of Forum Transregionale Studien. It is directed by Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin) and Islam Dayeh (Freie Universität Berlin).Few fellows are associated to Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School.