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New volume on "Engaging Transculturality"

Mar 26, 2019

The volume “Engaging Transculturality: Concepts, Key Terms, Case Studies” was recently co-edited by associate members and Cluster members Dr. Laila Abu-Er-Rub, Prof. Christiane Brosius, Dr. Sebastian Meurer, Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, and Prof. Susan Richter. The book illustrates the thematic and disciplinary diversity underlying the research triggered by the Cluster "Asia and Europe"

Engaging Transculturality also provides a template for the study of transcultural dynamics across a variety of key concepts. It is an extensive and comprehensive survey of the rapidly developing field of transcultural studies. In this volume, the reflections of a broad and interdisciplinary array of scholars have been brought together to provide a substantial repository of regional and trans-regional competencies, and a systematic and critical discussion of the field’s central concepts and terms.

Based on a wide range of case studies, the book is divided into twenty-seven chapters across which cultural, social, and political issues relating to transculturality from Antiquity to today are explored, with a focus on Asian and European regions altogether. Each chapter has been conceptualized in a way that introduces and critically discusses at key terms as well as trans/disciplinary approaches and case studies. The rich variety of approaches provided by the contributing authors offer the reader an expansive look into the field of transculturality.

Dr. Laila Abu-Er-Rub holds a PhD in anthropology from Heidelberg University and currently works as coordinator of the interdisciplinary Indo-German Centre for Advanced Studies ICAS:MP in New Delhi. Before that, she was the coordinator of Research Area B "Public Spheres" at the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context." 

Prof. Christiane Brosius is the professor for Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and was the speaker of Research Area B "Public Spheres" at the Cluster "Asia and Europe." Currently, she is also the head of the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project at the HCTS.

Dr. Sebastian Maurer is the academic project manager of the Collaborative Research Centre 948 "HeroesHeroizationsHeroisms" at Freiburg University. He also worked as a coordinator of Research Area A "Governance and Administration" at the Cluster "Asia and Europe."

Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos is the director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at Heidelberg University and was the speaker of Research Area A “Governance & Administration” at the Cluster "Asia and Europe."

Prof. Susan Richter is the professor of Early Modern History at Kiel University. Previously, she held a professorship at the Department of History at Heidelberg University. She was also the deputy speaker of Research Area A “Governance & Administration” at the Cluster "Asia and Europe."


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