Zukunftsphilologie is a research program at Freie Universität. It is organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien. In addition, scholars from the University of Heidelberg and Humboldt-Universität are on the Academic Advisory Board. Its main objective is to contribute to a reassessment of the canon of textual scholarship. Special attention is paid to precolonial scholarship that has long been ignored in classical Western humanities scholarship as well as an integration of philological research from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
Contact among researchers from Germany and abroad is facilitated through a postdoctoral research program, the World Philologies Seminar series, workshops, international summer/winter schools, and the publication of the peer-reviewed journal Philological Encounters (Brill) in the spring of 2016.
The World Philologies Seminar series has been conducted since 2010 as part of the Zukunftsphilologie program. The combination of a thematic introduction in the form of a lecture that provides a theoretical framework, which is followed by direct engagement with the texts and an opportunity for discussion, provides a forum for comparing research methods of various philological traditions, without neglecting the particular context of each topic.