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New Issue of the Cluster’s E-Journal "Transcultural Studies"

11. Jul. 2011

The second issue of the E-journal "Transcultural Studies" is now available online. It features articles by Rudolf G. Wagner, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Atsushi Shibasaki (in a translation by Gaynor Sekimori), as well as a themed section on "Byzantium Beyond its Eastern Borders".

In the issue’s first article entitled "China ‘Asleep’ and ‘Awakening’. A Study in Conceptualizing Asymmetry and Coping with It", Rudolf G. Wagner investigates the migration of such metaphors and their visualized forms across languages and cultures. The E-Journal’s series on Multi-Centred Modernisms continues with an article by Hiroyuki Suzuki, who explores "The Buddha of Kamakura and the ‘Modernization’ of Buddhist Statuary in the Meiji Period". The journal’s new rubric "Translations" features an essay by Atsushi Shibasaki. Rendered from the Japanese by Gaynor Sekimori, Shibasaki’s article investigates the historical significance of the life and thought of Tomonaga Sanjūrō, a Japanese scholar of the history of western philosophy.

This issue also features a themed section called "Byzantium Beyond its Eastern Borders". It is based on a lecture series that was organised by the Institute of Byzantine Archaeology and Art History at Heidelberg University. Contributions by Christine Stephan-Kaissis, Stefan Alfred Faller, Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, and Claudia Wenzel are centred on the participation of the Byzantine Empire in transcultural exchanges with Central Asia, China, and India.

This issue of the E-journal Transcultural Studies is the first of two in 2011, and follows last year’s inaugural issue. The articles are enhanced with images and links to audio-, video-, or other internet-sources to make full use of the multimedia-based publishing options of an e-journal.

Initiated in 2010, Transcultural Studies is published by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries and Cultural Flows" at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg 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 editor is Rudolf G. Wagner, Acting Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", and its managing editor is Dr. Andrea Hacker.

Transcultural Studies can be found at


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