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New Book on Modernity's Classics

Apr 15, 2013

"Modernity's Classics" is a new book edited by Sarah C. Humphreys and Rudolf G. Wagner discussing conceptions of the past. The book is part of the Cluster’s book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context".

This book presents critical studies of modern reconfigurations of conceptions of the past, of the 'classical', and of national heritage. Its scope is global (China, India, Egypt, Iran, Judaism, the Greco-Roman world) and inter-disciplinary (textual philology, history of art and architecture, philosophy, gardening). Its emphasis is on the complexity of the modernization process and of reactions to it: ideas and technologies travelled from India to Iran and from Japan to China, while reactions show tensions between museumization and the recreation of 'presence'. It challenges readers to rethink the assumptions of the disciplines in which they were trained.

The book "Modernity's Classics" - 346 pages - has been published in early 2013 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.

Sarah C. Humphreys is Professor Emerita of History, Anthropology and Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. Rudolf G. Wagner is Senior Professor and a former Director of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University.

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