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Literature and Peception. On the Aesthetic Phenomenology of Central European Modernism


In psychology and the cognitive sciences, perception is defined as the process of acquiring, interpreting, selecting, and organizing sensory information. The study of phenomena of perception includes essentially natural scientific (i.e. biological, physiological or psychological) and also genuinely philosophical approaches, but also literature comprehends, displays and produces knowledge about perception: it receives and discusses contemporary (theoretical and non-theoretical) discourses about perception. As a manifestation of the aesthetic, it is the place where forms of perception (e.g. of time, space, the self or the world) undergo their formal aesthetic transformation. And it is the medium that is capable of further extending the „aisthetic“ (i.e. perception related) set of tools and thus the spectrum of the perceptible by the development of aesthetic methods. The literary and cultural studies project proposes to investigate the interrelations between perception and the aesthetic developments of literary modernism. In a multi-disciplinary approach, it focuses on the specific discursive production of knowledge about perception and how it is conditioned by epistemological and symbolical, medial, rhetorical and aesthetical preconditions, thereby investigating the commonalities and differences between literary, artistic, and academic ways of cognition and representation. It refers back to a trans-disciplinary concept of aesthetics as a theory of perception which extends the reflection on art by philosophical-epistemological, natural-scientific, cultural-historical, cultural-anthropological, art and media-theoretical findings. It analyzes texts of Central European Modernisms.

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Funding Scheme

MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)


Schutzenstrasse 18
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 210 383,51
Administrative Contact
Martin Treml (Dr.)