The Program

The Program

Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship supports critical research on the history of philological practices and textual scholarship by integrating marginalized scholarly traditions from across the world and interrogating Eurocentric and colonial paradigms.

Zukunftsphilologie began in 2010 as a program of the Forum Transregionale Studien and, after a successful build-up phase between 2010-2015, continues its work at Freie Universität Berlin. In its initial phase, the program supported twenty-two innovative research projects by way of a Fellowship program. During this period, the program hosted the World Philologies Seminar series and organized winter academies, conferences and workshops. The success of these activities resulted in the establishment of the program’s journal Philological Encounters (PHEN) in 2016.
Philological Encounters is a unique peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the historical and philosophical critique of philology. Alongside four issues a year, the Philological Encounters Monographs are published as a supplement to the journal.

Recommended reading:

Cox, Whitney. Modes of Philology in Medieval South India. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Dayeh, Islam. "The Potential of World Philology." Philological Encounters 1 (2016): 396-418.

Harpham, Geoffrey Galt. "Roots, Races, and the Return to Philology." Representations 106 (2009): 34-62.

Jeppie, Shamil. "Calligraphic Africa. Notes toward the Location of Philology in Africa." Philological Encounters 1 (2016): 199-224.

Olender, Maurice. The Languages of Paradise: Race, Religion, and Philology in the Nineteenth Century. Translated by Arthur Goldhammer. Cambridge [MASS]: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Pollock, Sheldon. "Future Philology? The Fate of a Soft Science in a Hard World." Critical Inquiry 35 (2009): 931-961.

Said, Edward. “The Return to Philology." In Humanism and Democratic Criticism, 57-84. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.