Special Issue "Transcultural Literary Studies: Politics, Theory, and Literary Analysis"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: German, Literature, Culture and Thought; National Imaginaries and Transculturality; German-Jewish Thought around 1800; Aesthetics of Recognition
The last few decades have seen a significant increase in transcultural studies, ranging from psychology and nursing to cultural anthropology, political philosophy, and literary studies. This Special Issue of Humanities invites authors to discuss principal disciplinary or cross-disciplinary tenets of transculturalism and/or offer readings that showcase literature’s potential of engaging many of the overlapping and, at times, contradictory aspects of transcultural paradigms.
Highlighting transcultural interpretations (beyond multi- or cross-cultural readings and in critical tension with conceptualizations of national or sub-national cultures) is, by no small measure, a political decision that is often prompted and guided by a search for pre-cultural and cultural commonalities as a basis for the design of universal human rights, international law, transnational administrative structures, and global education. At the same time, transcultural approaches are, prima fasciae, deeply rooted in the ethos and tradition of the natural sciences, digital sciences, numerous social sciences, and some areas within the humanities (e.g., philosophy). For most disciplines in the humanities an engaged discussion about the political and scholarly implications (potentials and dangers) of transcultural studies seems highly desirable. Some have even suggested that the humanities are in need of strategies that can move its discourse onto a different plane, for instance, a shift from an emphasis on conceptions of collective identities to conceptual models of transcultural individuals (e.g., a re-centering of the individual self, as Wolfgang Welsch and others have proposed).
Discussing potential paths towards a theory of transcultural literary interpretation should be informed by the disciplinary history of literary studies, as well as developments in pertinent fields, such as evolutionary anthropology and cognitive science (for instance, new approaches to concepts of empathy, perception, language, reason, religious studies, etc.), to name just two obvious candidates. At the same time, it is crucial to assemble a set of model readings of significant literary texts that can demonstrate the exploratory potential of literary studies for a general emphasis on transcultural scholarship. In all of this, it is of great importance that we avoid falling victim to the trappings of some of our most worshiped binary pairs such as particularism and universalism, diversity and homogenization, nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Fischer
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- theories and philosophies of transculturalism
- defining the transcultural
- transcultural politics
- the history of transcultural literature
- transcultural aesthetics
- transcultural memory
- education and transcultural literary interpretation
- world literature and the transcultural self
- reading outside of the safe haven of culturalism