The program for International Literatures (IL) is structurally embedded in the Department of Modern German Literature at the University of Tübingen and benefits from the intellectual and administrative resources of the storied Deutsches Seminar with its numerous international exchange programs. The teaching and research within IL are grounded in general literary studies (poetics, rhetoric, hermeneutics, literary theory, translation) and from that foundation create a forum for the discussion of contemporary comparative literature, which gained renewed importance in the age of globalization. The field of International Literatures at the University of Tübingen is defined and instituted as a curated interchange of the various philology departments. In addition to the core curriculum, we offer a set of carefully selected seminars with a stress on comparative literature, philosophy, and literary and/or cultural theory. A space for open dialogue, critical theory, and the transfer of knowledge between philology and other departments, the program for international literatures pays tribute to Goethe’s pioneering insight: at the peak of nationalism in the 19th century, he announced that the time of national literature was over and the epoch of “world literature” had begun.