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New issue of "The Journal of Transcultural Studies" online

Jan 30, 2020

The latest issue of the HCTS e-journal, "The Journal of Transcultural Studies," was recently published. It features, inter alia, a written memorial in honour of the late Rudolf Wagner and a thematic section focusing on museum exhibitions of Asian-Pacific artefacts around the world.

The Journal of Transcultural Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal committed to promoting research on transculturality. Launched in 2010, it is published by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and hosted by Heidelberg University´s publishing branch heiUP.

The issue opens with a section in memory of the late Prof. Rudolf Wagner, founding director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and founding editor of the Journal, who passed away on October 25, 2019. It contains tributes by Prof. Axel Michaels, former Cluster director, and Egas Moniz Bandeira, as well as the text of the speech that Catherine Yeh held at the Karl Jaspers Prize award ceremony.

The selection of articles opens with a piece contributed by the late Rudolf Wagner on "Living up to the Image of the Ideal Public Leader: George Washington’s Image in China." It traces the Chinese appropriation of George Washington to frame the image of a public leader in a post-Imperial China, from its beginning in the mid-nineteenth century to the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949. Following is an article by Freya Schwachenwald that critically revisits narratives of the scintillating figure of Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, remembered in historical accounts as a cosmopolitan traveler, connoisseur, landscape planner and creator of a popular ice-cream brand.

The last section of the issue, introduced by Jens Sejrup´s editorial, focuses on the transcultural circulations and exhibitions of objects between Euro-America and the Asia-Pacific. It includes contributions by Susan Eberhard, Park Ji Young, and Roberto Costa, which jointly explore the hierarchies of values attached to Asian objects in European museal displays.

The current issue of the Journal of Transcultural Studies is available in open format here.

A list of all previous issues can be accessed here.

 


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