1st Edition

Engaging Transculturality Concepts, Key Terms, Case Studies

    476 Pages
    by Routledge

    476 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.