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Encyclopedia Database

The Encyclopedia Database arose from Project D11, "Hidden Grammars of Transculturality - Migration of Encyclopaedic Knowledge and Power". The purpose of the Encyclopedia Database is to "make the hidden grammars of transculturality visible".

The database is designed as a transcultural and translingual platform that invites scholars from different fields to join interactive discussion. The flow of concepts between societies, the taxonomy of knowledge, as well as the circumstances of encyclopedic publishing are waiting to be analyzed in a transcultural perspective. The database presents extracts from encyclopedic writings from Europe and Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Read more on project D11 "Hidden Grammars of Transculturality – Migrations of Encyclopaedic Knowledge and Power" and project HRA15 "Encyclopedia Database – Database for Research on Transfer of Knowledge in Encyclopedias"

Resource types: Text, Images
Time period: ca. 1800-2000  
Languages: English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc.   


 A working version is publically available at
This version is still in its development phase and will be constantly updated with data and functionality.

How can this resource be used in teaching, studying and research?

Public access already in the development phase allows students and researchers to browse through the contents of encyclopedias, search inside the full text, and discuss questions of transcultural flows of concepts. The commenting function, which will soon be available, allows for direct contribution to the database and interactive research with scholars from all over the world.

Highlights from this resource

The browse tab
The search tab
The single entry view