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Engaging Transculturality

Concepts, Key Terms, Case Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by Laila Abu-Er-Rub, Christiane Brosius, Sebastian Meurer, Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, Susan Richter


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Engaging Transculturality is an extensive and comprehensive survey of the rapidly developing field of transcultural studies. In this volume, the reflections of a large and interdisciplinary array of scholars have been brought together to provide an extensive source of regional and trans-regional competencies, and a systematic and critical discussion of the field’s central methodological concepts and terms.

Based on a wide range of case studies, the book is divided into twenty-seven chapters across which cultural, social, and political issues relating to transculturality from Antiquity to today and within both Asian and European regions are explored. Key terms related to the field of transculturality are also discussed within each chapter, and the rich variety of approaches provided by the contributing authors offer the reader an expansive look into the field of transculturality.

Offering a wealth of expertise, and equipped with a selection of illustrations, this book will be of interest to scholars and students from a variety of fields within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Table of Contents

Part I: Delineating Transculturality

  1. Cultural hybridity and transculturality

    Axel Michaels

  2. Asymmetry in transcultural interaction

    Rudolf Wagner

  3. Global Connections in transcultural research–thoughts from a historian’s perspective

    Roland Wenzlhuemer

  4. Not "cultures", but culture! The need for a transcultural perspective in archaeology

    Joseph Maran

  5. Civilization(s): use and abuse of a macro-historical category

    Daniel König

  6. Medieval concepts of migration and transculturality

    Bernd Schneidmüller

  7. Transculturality, or, how to find Europe beyond Eurocentrism

    Madeleine Herren

  8. Part II: Transcultural Spaces and Agents

  9. Exploring the contact zone: a critical assessment from the perspective of Early Modern Euro-Ottoman History

    Pascal Firges & Tobias P. Graf

  10. Microcosm bazaar: markets as places of cultural encounters and areas of conflict

    Frank Grüner

  11. Mobility, mediation and transculturation in the medieval Mediterranean: migrating mercenaries and the challenges of mixing

    Nikolas Jaspert

  12. Part III: Transcultural Temporalities

  13. Transversal histories and transcultural afterlives: Indianized renditions of Jean Bodin in Global Intellectual History

    Milinda Banerjee

  14. Modern Arabic rhetorical manuals: a transcultural phenomenon

    Jan Scholz

  15. Migrant literary genres: transcultural moments and scales of transculturality

    Hans Harder

  16. Part IV: Transcultural Semantics

  17. Translating Jesuitstranslation as a useful tool to explore transculturality?

    Antje Flüchter

  18. Islamic law with Chinese characteristics: approaching cultural transfers through a functional theory

    Roberta Tontini

  19. Economies of the sacred in premodern Japan

    Anna Andreeva

  20. Cultural Heritage and Architectural History between appropriation, substitution and translation: plaster casts of Angkor Wat in a transcultural perspective
  21. Michael Falser

  22. Appropriation of effective and changing things: a prehistorian’s perspective

    Philipp Stockhammer

  23. The vocation of indigenous knowledge and sciences as metaconcepts

    Dhruv Raina

  24. Part V: The Transcultural Lens

  25. ‘A very civil idea …’. Art history and world-making–with and beyond the nation
  26. Monica Juneja

  27. The problem with a geoaesthetic approach to the Indian Highway Exhibition
  28. Cathrine Bublatzky


  29. Press powers–China, gender and the media in a global context

    Barbara Mittler

  30. Citizenship, hybridity and the state in India
  31. Subrata K. Mitra, Jivanta Schöttli & Markus Pauli

  32. The transcultural turn in the study of ‘religion’
  33. Hans Martin Krämer

  34. Emotion Studies and Transcultural Studies

    Max Stille

  35. Affect beyond the human: Indian agriculture in a multispecies world

    Daniel Münster

  36. Transforming knowledge: concepts of Transcultural Studies and Digital Humanities

    Armin Volkmann

About the Editors

Laila Abu-Er-Rub holds a PhD in anthropology from Heidelberg University and currently works as coordinator of the interdisciplinary Indo-German Centre for Advanced Studies ICAS:MP in New Delhi. Her research interests are visual and material culture, gender, and more particularly advertising, fashion studies and colourism.

Christiane Brosius is Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. Her research interests are urban transformation, lifecourse studies, art production and cultural heritage in South Asia (especially Nepal and India), as well as critical area studies and mobilities studies.

Sebastian Meurer, PhD, is the Academic Project Manager of the Collaborative Research Centre 948 ‘Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms’ at the University of Freiburg. He specializes in intellectual, constitutional, and administrative history since the seventeenth century with a focus on Britain and the British Empire.

Diamantis Panagiotopoulos is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg. He has published two books, five edited volumes and 80 papers in journals and collective volumes with a strong focus on the dynamics of transcultural interaction in the Eastern Mediterranean in the second millennium BCE.

Susan Richter is Acting Professor for Early Modern History at the University of Heidelberg. She has published two books, five edited volumes and more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books on early modern intellectual and administrative history, dynasties and state building in Europe and Asia.

About the Series

Engaging with...

‘Engaging with...’ is a series of big, multi-contributed volumes with between 25 and 40 contributors and up to 350,000 words in length. These volumes are typically broken into three parts, Concepts, Key Terms/Methodologies and Case Studies, and they are designed to provide a reference work for researchers and students for exciting new topics. Books in this series cover the key concepts of the field or approach being studied, and contain analysis of the significant terms being used, as well as providing case studies of research currently being done. They are the perfect opportunity to bring together the work of established academics, early career academics and postgraduate students.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Social History