Participating in the thematic network “Literature – Knowledge – Media” are seven universities and two non-university research institutes based in Berlin. Please click on logos for information on the participating institutions and professors.


The six American partner universities (Cornell University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, the University of California/Berkeley, and newly Yale University) are among the most prestigious universities worldwide. They have excelled in the area of humanities, and their German departments are among the most outstanding in the USA. Furthermore, with their archives, libraries, and special collections, their research centers and museums, as well as their international networks, they provide important resources for the research questions of the network.


The Humboldt-Universität has distinguished itself in the areas of media and cultural studies, and offers, with its two Excellence Clusters, “Image – Knowledge – Gestaltung” and “Topoi,” as well as the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, excellent structures of interdisciplinary research. Since 2006 the teaching and research program of the Department of German Literature has been dedicated to the core topic “Literature – Knowledge – Media,” focusing on the sub-topics “History and theories of knowledge,” “Literature in the system of the arts and media,” and “Theories and methods of interpretation.”


In recent years the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (Berlin) and the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Berlin), as non-university research institutes, have attained a leading position in research on the history of science. In the core topic “Cultural history of knowledge,” the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung explores different epistemes and forgotten transitions between the sciences and the humanities. At the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, since the 1990s, questions arising from the history of science have been given new perspectives through a historical-epistemological approach and the focus on epistemic practices.

Yale University

Non-university partners in germany