Engaging Transculturality is an extensive and comprehensive survey of the rapidly developing field of transcultural studies. In this volume, the reflections of a large and interdisciplinary array of scholars have been brought together to provide an extensive source of regional and trans-regional competencies, and a systematic and critical discussion of the field’s central methodological 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 and within both Asian and European regions are explored. Key terms related to the field of transculturality are also discussed within each chapter, and the rich variety of approaches provided by the contributing authors offer the reader an expansive look into the field of transculturality.

Offering a wealth of expertise, and equipped with a selection of illustrations, this book will be of interest to scholars and students from a variety of fields within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

part A|106 pages

Delineating transculturality

chapter 3|13 pages

Global connections in transcultural research

Thoughts from a historian’s perspective

chapter 4|13 pages

Not ‘cultures’, but culture!

The need for a transcultural perspective in archaeology

chapter 5|14 pages


Use and abuse of a macro-historical category

part B|46 pages

Trancultural spaces and agents

chapter 8|13 pages

Exploring the contact zone

A critical assessment from the perspective of early modern Euro-Ottoman history

chapter 9|14 pages

Microcosm bazaar

Markets as places of cultural encounters and areas of conflict

chapter 10|17 pages

Mobility, mediation and transculturation in the medieval Mediterranean

Migrating mercenaries and the challenges of mixing

part C|44 pages

Transcultural temporalities

chapter 11|15 pages

Transversal histories and transcultural afterlives

Indianized renditions of Jean Bodin in global intellectual history

chapter 12|15 pages

Modern Arabic rhetorical manuals

A transcultural phenomenon

chapter 13|12 pages

Migrant literary genres

Transcultural moments and scales of transculturality

part D|94 pages

Transcultural semantics

chapter 14|17 pages

Translating Jesuits

Translation as a useful tool to explore transculturality? 1

chapter 15|12 pages

Islamic law with Chinese characteristics

Approaching cultural transfers through a functional theory

chapter 17|17 pages

Cultural heritage and architectural history between appropriation, substitution and translation

Plaster casts of Angkor Wat in a transcultural perspective

chapter 18|13 pages

Appropriation of effective and changing things

A prehistorian’s perspective 1

part E|136 pages

The transcultural lens

chapter 20|24 pages

‘A very civil idea…’

Art history and world-making – with and beyond the nation *

chapter 22|21 pages

Press powers

China, gender and the media in a global context

chapter 26|15 pages

Affect beyond the human

Indian agriculture in a multispecies world

chapter 27|14 pages

Transforming knowledge

Concepts of transcultural studies and digital humanities