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New Open Access Book Series Launched

Jun 01, 2016

The publications office at the Cluster “Asia and Europe” announces the launch of a new open access book series, Heidelberg Studies in Transculturality. It’s first monograph, "Passing Through Shanghai: Ethnographic Insights into the Mobile Lives of Expatriate Youths" by Dr. Marie Sander, an alumna of the Cluster, was published in May. The series is produced through the collaborative efforts of the editorial board, headed by Professor Axel Michaels, the Cluster’s publications office, and Heidelberg University Publishing (heiUP).

Dr. Sander’s monograph examines how children experience international mobility by focusing on a specific yet diverse group of expatriate youths in contemporary Shanghai and investigating how those children negotiate cultural identity when subject to a highly mobile (and often privileged) lifestyle. The ethnographic fieldwork that informs her book was conducted from 2010 to 2012 and focuses on various aspects of these expatriate teenagers’ lives.

The book is based on Sander’s dissertation, which she completed in 2013, while enrolled in the Cluster’s Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Sander was coordinator of the Forum “Urban Spaces” and a member of the research project “Mobile Spaces.” Since 2014, she has been a scientific coordinator for the Graduation Centre at Bremen University.

Heidelberg Studies in Transculturality is funded by a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The series publishes research that coincides with the Cluster’s aim of establishing a “morphology of flows and circulations” that concentrates on “exploring the specific dynamics of transcultural interactions.” Book projects that strengthen this dialog, both within and across disciplines, are ideally suited for such a venue. The editorial office therefore welcomes proposals for monographs and edited volumes that consider aspects of transcultural engagement within areas such as anthropology, art history, cultural and religious studies, media and communication, musicology, public health, political science and social science.

Heidelberg University Publishing (heiUP) is an open access publisher of high-quality, peer-reviewed academic works. It endorses open access as a publishing model to distribute outstanding research results and uses open source software for the collaborative development of underlying publishing technologies.

The publications office looks forward to working with other members of the Cluster, as well as the greater academic community, who are passionate about exploring transcultural studies’ potential for innovative publishing.


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