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Critical Humanities Across Cultures

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This series initiates and invites two related paths of inquiry: first, to unravel the assumptions that govern European account about itself and through them its representations of other cultures like the Indian (Asian or African); and second, to risk and open up inquiries into reflective practical traditions of ‘non-European’ cultures which sustained a certain cultural reflective integrity in their locations and spread it beyond. Such an inquiry helps in responding to the contemporary crises in several domains such as ethics, art, caste, action, justice, science, university, the human and the question of living together with difference. The series is open to contributions that engage with the interface between Europe and non-Europe — cultures that faced colonialism — across the disciplines and media without alibi.

With the view of the historical reality that European representation of other cultures were conceived in the domain of the humanities, the volumes in the series address certain critical questions: Is the discourse of the humanities a cultural universal? Do all cultures consolidate their reflections of being human in such a discourse? How is the relation between modes of being and forms of reflection articulated in such cultures? Can we inquire into cultural difference beyond the regional discourse of ethnology and configure European difference from another cultural background (say that of Indian or Chinese or Asian and African)? The series will be of provocative significance to disciplines of philosophy, literary studies, anthropology, politics, comparative thought, art, aesthetics and law.


Editorial Advisory Board

Dilip da Cunha, Harvard University, USA
Vivek Dhareshwar, Srishti School of Design, Bengaluru, India
Frans-Willem Korsten, Leiden University, Netherlands
Jürgen Pieters, Ghent University, Belgium
Andy Mousley, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
K.C. Baral, English and Foreign Languages University, India

5 Series Titles

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Religious Conversion Indian Disputes and Their European Origins

Religious Conversion: Indian Disputes and Their European Origins

1st Edition

By Sarah Claerhout, Jakob De Roover
January 29, 2024

This book re-examines the issue of religious conversion, which has been a site of conflict in India for several centuries. It discusses wide-ranging themes such as conversion, education, and reform in colonial India; the process and practices of conversion in Christian Europe; Gandhi, conversion, ...

Bardic Destinies A Comparative Study of European Poetic and Indian Kavya-Itihasa Tradition

Bardic Destinies: A Comparative Study of European Poetic and Indian Kavya-Itihasa Tradition

1st Edition

By Krishna R. Kanchith
November 17, 2023

This volume critically explores the cultural significance and fate of the “literary” in the European and the Indian traditions as it traces the history of the reception of works that have had a deep hold on the lives and sensibilities of people across time and cultures. The book grapples with three...

Sites of Learning and Practical Knowledge Against Normativity

Sites of Learning and Practical Knowledge: Against Normativity

1st Edition

By Vivek Dhareshwar
November 10, 2023

This book examines the relationship between cultural difference and practical knowledge and its implications for the study of humanities and the social sciences. It sketches a meta-theory of Western thought to grasp the conceptual distortions that result when a normatively structured theoretical ...

Cultures Differ Differently Selected Essays of S.N. Balagangadhara

Cultures Differ Differently: Selected Essays of S.N. Balagangadhara

1st Edition

Edited By Jakob De Roover, S. N. Balagangadhara, Sarika Rao
September 25, 2023

This volume brings together a collection of essays by contemporary thinker and social scientist S.N. Balagangadhara which develop an alternative theoretical framework for a comparative study of Western and Asian cultures. These essays illustrate how ‘decolonisation of social sciences’ is a ...

India, Europe and the Question of Cultural Difference The Apeiron of Relations

India, Europe and the Question of Cultural Difference: The Apeiron of Relations

1st Edition

By D. Venkat Rao
September 25, 2023

This volume critically engages with the question of cultural difference and the idea of living with diversity in the context of India and Europe. It looks at certain essential European categories of learning such as art, nature, the human, literature, relation, philosophy, and the humanities ...

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