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New Book by Philipp Stockhammer on Hybridization

26. Sep. 2011

The historicity of transcultural flows and concepts of hybridization are the topic of a new book edited by Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer. "Conceptualizing Cultural Hybridization" is the next volume of the Cluster's book series "Transcultural Research - Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context".

With the book "Conceptualizing Cultural Hybridization", Dr. Stockhammer and his co-authors generate a transdisciplinary perception of hybridity that paves the way for a wider application of this crucial concept. Each author presents a disciplinary concept of hybridization and shows how it operates in specific case studies:

In the chapter "Cultural Hybridity: Between Metaphor and Empiricism", Prof. Andreas Ackermann discusses -among other things- hybridity in anthropology, sociology and history as well as postcolonial concepts of hybridity. Prof. Hans Peter Hahn focuses on "Circulating Objects and the Power of Hybridization as a Localizing Strategy" in the era of globalization, and Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer develops a concept of cultural entanglement and applies it to the archaeological evidence in his chapter "Conceptualizing Cultural Hybridization in Archaeology".

Further topics of the book are "The Transformative Potential of Intercultural Exchange in Prehistoric Societies" (Joseph Maran), "Processes of Hybridization in Visual Culture" (Ute Verstegen), the "Transfer of German Human Resource Management Practices" (Torsten M. Kühlmann), "The Hybrid State, and Resilience of the Political System in India" (Subrata K. Mitra), "Hybridization in Language" (Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer), "New Zealand English: A History of Hybridization" (Daniela Wawra), "From Myths and Symbols to Culture as Text: Hybridity, Literature and American Studies" (Carsten Schinko), and "The Ageony of the Signified: Towards a Usage-Based Theory of Meaning and Society" (Remigius Bunia).

"Conceptualizing Cultural Hybridization. A Transdisciplinary Approach", which is based on papers presented during a workshop of the same title, was conceptualized and edited by Philipp W. Stockhammer. It is published in 2011 by the science book publishing company Springer as part of the Cluster's book series "Transcultural Research. Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context". The series presents peer-reviewed books by members of the Cluster as well as scholars from both historical and empirical disciplines who are working on new emerging fields that cross existing disciplinary boundaries. It is edited by the Cluster's directors Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Prof. Rudolf G. Wagner and Prof. Axel Michaels, and coordinated by Dr. Andrea Hacker

Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer is Postdoctoral Researcher and was part of project D2 "Materiality and Practice" coordinated by Prof. Joseph Maran, Prof. Markus HilgertProf. Peter A. Miglus and Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos. Besides, Dr. Stockhammer is affiliated with the Institute of Prehistory and Early History and Near Eastern Archaeology at Heidelberg University. In his habilitation thesis, he focuses on "Material Entanglements: The Appropriation of Foreign Pottery in the Eastern Mediterranean Late Bronze Age". Last year, he was awarded the prestigious Walter-Witzenmann-Prize of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.

Further links:

Book description by Springer
E-copy of the publication


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