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New Issue of the E-Journal

04. Aug. 2015

The new issue of the e-journal Transcultural Studies is now available online. It features articles by Dhruv Raina, Maurizio Taddei, Christiane Brosius, Lisa Bixenstine Safford, and Catherine Yeh. From this issue on, Prof. Joachim Kurtz is joining Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Rudolf G. Wagner in the editorial team.

The issue features five articles. The first article “Translating the ‘Exact’ and ‘Positive’ Sciences: Early Twentieth Century Reflections on the Past of the Sciences in India” written by Dhruv Raina adds to the understanding of the globally unchallenged concept of the “sciences” by tracing its “critical assimilation” in India. The second article, “Narrative Art Between India and the Hellenistic World”, is a translation of the magisterial essay, originally published in 1993, on narrative art between India and the Hellenistic world by the late Maurizio Taddei (1936-2000). In this essay, Maurizio Taddei reviews and refutes with unparalleled facility and the parochial views that have shaped Orientalist understandings of the “classic components” in Gandhāra – a forgotten Indo-European borderland. In the essay “Emplacing and Excavating the City: Art, Ecology, and Public Space in New Delhi”, Christiane Brosius investigates how cultural practice today has moved towards a more transversal process of linkages that seeks to renew its anchors within one or more. In the fourth essay “Art at the Crossroads: Lacquer Painting in French Vietnam”, Lisa Bixenstine Safford explores lacquer painting in colonial and postcolonial Vietnam within the growing body of work that seeks to theorize artistic modernism as a transculturally constituted movement. In the fifth article, “Recasting the Chinese Novel: Ernest Major’s Shenbao Publishing House (1872–1890)”, Catherine Vance Yeh reconstructs the role of Shanghai’s Shenbaoguan Publishing House in paving the way for the recasting of Chinese narrative prose around the turn of the twentieth century.

Initiated in 2010, Transcultural Studies is published by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University and hosted by the University Library of the same institution. This peer-reviewed, open-access journal is committed to promoting the knowledge and research of "transculturality" in all disciplines. The journal's editors are Monica Juneja, Joachim Kurtz and Rudolf G. Wagner; its managing editor is Andrea Hacker.

Transcultural Studies can be found at www.transculturalstudies.org


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