Welcome to the Collaborative Research Centre!

The Collaborative Research Centre 1385 "Law and Literature" was inaugurated at the University of Münster by the German Research Council (DFG) on July 1st, 2019. The project focuses on crucial questions concerning the relation between law and literature, the corresponding academic fields and disciplines, as well as their respective impact on culture and society.

Literary studies and law are brought together here as equal partners in a momentous academic collaboration unprecedented in the German research field. The interdisciplinary dialogue between the two aims at investigating and mapping this particular field of research in order to uncover systematic relations between these disciplines and to document particular illustrations. The project’s objective is to clarify crucial aspects of the specific nexus of law and literature. The CRC, which looks at a potential duration of 12 years of funded research, intends to work towards a further development of our modern understanding of both law and literature. We take on the challenges implied in fundamental as well as timely questions concerning the reciprocal relation between law and literature (first 4-year period), concerning Europeanisation, migration and globalisation (second 4-year period) and medial turns (third 4-year period).

The Collaborative Research Centre 1385 includes the following disciplines from the faculties 3 and 9 at the University of Münster: literary studies, law, Jewish studies, Slavic studies, Arab and Islamic studies, economics; as well as the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Osnabrück. There are three different project areas that include 12 individual projects in total as well as an integrated graduate school and an online encyclopedia.

Current News

| 01/2023 - A03 "The Law of Experiential Psychology"

Public Lecture Series

In the winter semester, the CRC 1385 organizes the interdisciplinary lecture series "Vor-und Frühgeschichte der europäischen Kriminalliteratur" (program). Considering the various ways in which crimes can be committed, it is surprising how quickly the genre solidifies and trivializes when the figure of the detective enters the stage of literary history in the 19th century. The last lecture of the series takes place on January 31 at 4 pm (J01, Johannisstr. 4). You will receive the zoom data via email to sspeth@uni-muenster.de.

| 01/2023 - A02 "Literatur and the Market"

Children's Books and Gender

We have put two new posts on our blog in January. Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl and Annika Klempel discuss the relationship between law and children's books by using the example of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (read article). Chandni Ananth looks back on the CRC workshop "Gender Imbalance in the Book Industry. Transnational Perspectives and Knowledge Exchange" about the book markets in Australia, Scotland and Germany (read article).

| 12/2022 - ENZ

Online Encyclopedia

The bilingual encyclopedia "Enzyklopädie Recht und Literatur / Encyclopedia of Law and Literature" is online. It opens up new vistas by providing a comprehensive, reliable and authoritative reference to accumulated and current knowledge and research in the field of law and literature and is edited by Thomas Gutmann, Eberhard Ortland and Klaus Stierstorfer. We are grateful for objections, questions and hints in regard to aspects to be considered. You can reach us at encylop@uni-muenster.de. Here is the encyclopedia, here you can read a blog post on the new encyclopedia (in German).

| 11/2022 - C02, C03

Darf Satire mehr als Kunst?

On November 25 and 26, Prof. Dr. Oliver Lepsius, LL.M., head of the subprojects C02 and C03, participated in the symposium "Was ist Humor? Neue Erkundungen im Feld von Komik, Ironie und Satire", organized by the Lach. und Schiessgesellschaft in Munich and the LMU (Bruno Jonas and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Vollhardt). He gave a talk entitled "Darf Satire mehr als Kunst? Wie viel Humor erlauben Juristen?" The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported (article).

| 10/2022 - C04 "Show-Trials. Dramatizing the Law as Social Practice"

Conference: Theater Stammheim

On the occasion of the Münster premiere of the theater installation "Der Prozess II: RAF" by krügerXweiss, the CRC organized the conference "Theater Stammheim. Verhandlungen der Roten Armee Fraktion in Recht, Literatur und Kunst". The conference analyzed the RAF members' court 'shows', the 'stage design' of Stammheim and discussed how theater deals with the 'RAF myth'. You can now listen to audio recordings of the lectures.