The team around Prof Söffner, chair of Cultural Theory and Cultural Analysis, is dedicated to the study of cultural phenomena within the field of epistemic, tecnical and embodied knowledge. We investigate cultural history not only as the history of knowledge, media and discourse, but also as the history of abilities, virtuosity and habitus.
Our research interests center on literature and theater; as both are fertile grounds for a wider analysis and description of historical cultural contexts, we investigate them with a focus on comparative as well as performative aspects.
Planned research projects focus on how literary texts play with the bodies of their readers, and on the relation of Reality and Practice; investigate concepts of exercise, expertise, and performance, mimesis and myth, tropes and rhetoric; include (the conditions of) political action; and probe the potential of market analysis as a tool for the description of cultural processes.
As a team interested in the many links of theoretical and practical competence. we contribute to the University’s arts program, particularly supporting Student Initiatives at Zeppelin University that are connected to our fields of expertise. Furthermore, Prof. Söffner is currently establishing a research-related radio show „Luft zum Denken“, to be aired via the University radio station, Welle 20.