Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship 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 connects research institutes and universities in the field of philology and fosters dialogue among scholars. It was established in 2010 and is a research program of the Forum Transregionale Studien and Freie Universität Berlin.

Born out of numerous seminar series, workshops and conferences, the program's journal, Philological Encounters, is dedicated to a historical and philosophical critique of philology, promotes critical and comparative perspectives, and includes textual scholarship and linguistic research from across the world. From 2020, the World Philology Academy will take place in the form of winter and summer academies. Between 2010 and 2015, Zukunftsphilologie supported 22 postdoctoral fellows whose projects can be found in our fellow archive and under publications.

Most, Glenn W. and Michael Puett (eds.)

After Wisdom

Philological Encounters Monographs, Vol. 4, Brill, 2023


Ghayde Ghraowi and Hacı Osman Gündüz (Ozzy) (eds.)

The Ascendant Field: Critical Engagements with Ottoman Arabic Literature

Brill, Vol. 7, Issue 3-4, 2022


Dīwān of Māmayya al-Rūmī, copied around 1700, MS Wetzstein II 243, fol. 1b, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK

Ginzburg, Carlo and Islam Dayeh

Philology and Microhistory: A Conversation with Carlo Ginzburg

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 2022


Trento, Margherita

Writing Tamil Catholicism

Philological Encounters Monographs, Vol. 3, Brill, 2022