Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Temporal Communities

Doing Literature in a Global Perspective

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Fig.: Daniel Stader for EXC 2020 Temporal Communities

Project overview

In the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective", researchers are taking a new theoretical and methodological look at literature: the aim is to overcome categories of nation and epoch with a global perspective. The concept of temporal communities describes how literature is able to form complex networks and communities across geographical spaces and times that interact with other social phenomena. The Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities examines the way in which literature becomes global through its temporal entanglements, permeates space and time, forms networks and how literature becomes literature in the first place through these entanglements.

Temporal Communities is a Cluster of Excellence at Freie Universität Berlin.

Partners are the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung and other international, national and local institutions.



Prof. Dr. Anne Eusterschulte, Co-Speaker (Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Andrew James Johnston, Co-Speaker (Freie Universität Berlin)



January 2019 to December 2025


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