Collaborative Research Center 1385 "Law and Literature"

Welcome to the Collaborative Research Centre 1385 “Law and Literature”

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; 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 encyclopaedia.