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
- Cultural hybridity and transculturality
- Asymmetry in transcultural interaction
- Global Connections in transcultural research–thoughts from a historian’s perspective
- Not "cultures", but culture! The need for a transcultural perspective in archaeology
- Civilization(s): use and abuse of a macro-historical category
- Medieval concepts of migration and transculturality
- Transculturality, or, how to find Europe beyond Eurocentrism
- Exploring the contact zone: a critical assessment from the perspective of Early Modern Euro-Ottoman History
Pascal Firges & Tobias P. Graf
- Microcosm bazaar: markets as places of cultural encounters and areas of conflict
- Mobility, mediation and transculturation in the medieval Mediterranean: migrating mercenaries and the challenges of mixing
- Transversal histories and transcultural afterlives: Indianized renditions of Jean Bodin in Global Intellectual History
- Modern Arabic rhetorical manuals: a transcultural phenomenon
- Migrant literary genres: transcultural moments and scales of transculturality
- Translating Jesuits–translation as a useful tool to explore transculturality?
- Islamic law with Chinese characteristics: approaching cultural transfers through a functional theory
- Economies of the sacred in premodern Japan
- Cultural Heritage and Architectural History between appropriation, substitution and translation: plaster casts of Angkor Wat in a transcultural perspective
- Appropriation of effective and changing things: a prehistorian’s perspective
- The vocation of indigenous knowledge and sciences as metaconcepts
- ‘A very civil idea …’. Art history and world-making–with and beyond the nation
- The problem with a geoaesthetic approach to the Indian Highway Exhibition
- Press powers–China, gender and the media in a global context
- Citizenship, hybridity and the state in India
- The transcultural turn in the study of ‘religion’
- Emotion Studies and Transcultural Studies
- Affect beyond the human: Indian agriculture in a multispecies world
- Transforming knowledge: concepts of Transcultural Studies and Digital Humanities
Part II: Transcultural Spaces and Agents
Part III: Transcultural Temporalities
Part IV: Transcultural Semantics
Part V: The Transcultural Lens
Subrata K. Mitra, Jivanta Schöttli & Markus Pauli
Hans Martin Krämer
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.