The Fuzzy Logic of Encounter

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How can we describe cultural contact adequately? The Fuzzy Logic of Encounter presents a Series of essays reflecting the growing dissatisfaction with dualistic concepts which ignore the complex situations resulting from the European expansion and subsequent historical developments. This intellectual shift is exemplified by a new awareness, in various fields of scholarship, for phenomena of "impurity", such as the use of slightly disharmonious microtones in Indian music, the North American "wampum" (shell beads) as an ambivalent cultural signifier, or archaeological artefacts as embodiments of semantic Complexity. The essays share a common critical concern with the consequences of spatial mobility, cultural amalgamation, and changing cultural affiliations. They seek to introduce a new, positive attitude toward blurred or fuzzy cultural Products and boundaries which enables us to take account of entanglement, ambiguity, and mutual impact. The volume includes a variety of disciplinary perspectives ranging from ethnography, historiography, and religious studies to literature, archaeology, and musicology.


Introduction (GESA MACKENTHUN, SUNNE JUTERCZENKA); CHAPTER ONE: You Meet and You Talk. Anthropological Reflections on Encounters and Discourses (JOHANNES FABIAN); CHAPTER TWO: From Humboldt to Bickerton. Discourses on Language Contact and Hybridity (SUSANNE MUHLEISEN); CHAPTER THREE: The Museum Predicament. Representing Cultural Encounter in Historical and Contemporary Collections (DOMINIK COLLET); CHAPTER FOUR: Culture Clash and Hubris. The History and Historiography of the Huguenots in Germany and the Atlantic World (SUSANNE LACHENICHT); CHAPTER FIVE: The Europeanization of the World. Colonial Discourses in the French Third Republic (BENEDIKT STUCHTEY); CHAPTER SIX: The European Impact on Christi an-Muslim Relations in the Middle East During the Nineteenth Century. The Ethiopian Example (SAMUEL RUBENSON); CHAPTER SEVEN: Restoring Mesopotamia to Iraq. Archaeological Monuments and the Nation-State (STEFAN ALTEKAMP); CHAPTER EIGHT: "Mistaken Readings" - Gayatri Spivak's Deconstruction of Hegel and the Bhagavadgita (ANDREAS NEHRING); CHAPTER NINE: The Concept of Microtonality and the Construction of Indian Music in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe (LARS-CHRISTIAN KOCH); CHAPTER TEN: Strange Encounters or Succeeding Dialogues? Science, Culture and Modernity in Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome and The Hungry Tide (FRANK SCHULZE-ENGLER); CHAPTER ELEVEN: Wampum as a Cultural Broker in Northeastern America, 1620-60 (CLAUDIA SCHNURMANN); CHAPTER TWELVE: Melville, Deep Time, and the World in Ruins. Or, Digging toward Eternity (BRUCE HARVEY)


Dr. Sunne Juterczenka is a Historian and currently holds a post doctoral research fellowship at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture at the Justus-Liebig-University in GieA en, Germany. Prof. Dr. Gesa Mackenthun teaches American Studies at Rostock University, Germany. Her research centers on the analysis of colonial discourse in the Amreicas and postcolonial theory.
EAN: 9783830921240
ISBN: 3830921241
Untertitel: New Perspectives on Cultural Contact. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Waxmann Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2009
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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