OSL Research Groups

OSL Research Group: Cultural Memory

Over the past two decades, the field of cultural memory studies has established itself internationally as an important and fertile area of inter- and multi-disciplinary research. Institutionalized through dedicated journals (Memory Studies was started in 2008), associations (Memory Studies Association was inaugurated in 2016) and standing committees (e.g. at MLA), with its own canon of theoreticians, the field has not only matured, but also grown and diversified.

OSL Research Group: Poetics of Knowlegde

Knowledge and scientific imagination are inherently linked up with issues of form and representation. This insight has informed the work of literary scholars such as Gillian Beer and N. Katherine Hayles as well as research in the fields of science studies, discourse analysis and certain strands of new materialism (K. Barad et al.). The members of this research group share an interest in recent developments in these fields and, more specifically, in the ways in which literary texts relate to other discourses and forms of knowledge, the shifting boundaries between literature and science and the history of divergent epistemic cultures in various contexts and disciplines.