We welcome contributions in German, English and French! All submitted manuscripts will be anonymised by the editorial team and will be subject to a blind peer-review by all editors. In the event of a tie, an expert from the scientific advisory board will decide.


KulturPoetik has three sections.

1. Articles

In this section we publish original research that explores questions relating to cultural studies. We prefer contributions that analyse several texts and do not only focus on one single work of literature (or other media). Contributions should be a minimum of 45,000 characters long, up to a maximum of 65,000 (including spaces and footnotes).

2. Forum

In this section, we publish contributions that take a stand on current research questions and discourses, propose theoretical innovations or comment on articles in previous issues. Formally and structurally, forum contributions are similar to regular articles.

Contributions can be submitted directly for the “Forum” section.  After submission of a paper, the editors may also suggest to include it in this section.

3. KulturKlassiker

In this section, classic works on the theory of culture and cultural studies are discussed in 20,000 up to a maximum of 28,000 characters (including spaces and footnotes). Contributions in this section follow a fixed scheme. Suggestions for publications in this section should be sent to the editorial office. Please refer to the list to see which works have already been discussed in KulturPoetik.

Acceptance criteria for articles and forum contributions

We welcome contributions from literary studies that pursue a decidedly cultural(-historical) research question. They should focus on broader connections between literature (or other media) and its cultural context. Interpretations of individual works that are exclusively based on textual analysis usually do not fulfil these criteria.

We welcome interdisciplinary contributions that are connected to central discourses within cultural studies. Ideally, contributions are interested in the cultural construction of knowledge as well as the historical dimension of current discussions and concepts. This approach can be applied to a number of fields, like narratology and theories of fiction, concepts of authorship, figure or metaphor theories etc. We also welcome contributions from comparative literature and comparative media studies that focus on intermediality, media history and book studies, discourses of materiality, the history of aesthetics and everyday culture.

Please send contributions as a Word file to the editorial office.