In the words of the Russian critic Mikhail Epstein, to adopt a transcultural orientation as a mode of inquiry means to be located beyond any particular mode of existence, or finding one’s place on the border of existing cultures. This realm beyond all cultures is located inside of transculture and belongs to this state of not-belonging 1
The consequence of a critic adopting a position on the outside of whatever is conceived as the inside of his or her social and cultural domain requires forfeiture of culture-centrism and a conscious resistance to the totalizing effects of ideology. A transcultural critic, like Epstein, or a transcultural philosopher like Merab Mamardashvili, whose concept of nothingness is the ground of Epstein’s anti-position, eschews national and cultural identity, identity politics and multiculturalism.
Such freedom from ideologically oriented or discipline-bound directions in scholarship requires a conscious effort that is not unlike the job of Socrates: the effort of ridding oneself of prejudices, idols and icons of scholarly fashion. The editorial board of Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research , sharing this view, welcomes contributions on a wide range of emerging issues in the humanities and on interdisciplinary topics that go beyond the disciplinary while offering self-reflexive critiques of their own methodologies.
Each issue will focus on a specific topic or area and will have a guest editor. The core editorial board will plan and advertise topics for forthcoming issues and advise on the refereeing process.
The inaugural issue (2005) includes papers presented at the Border Crossings: Popular, Mass and Global Culture Conference , organized by the School of Languages , Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University , 2-3 October 2003.
Evert van der Zweerde
For the Editorial Board
1. Mikhail N Epstein, After the Future: The Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture. Trans. With an Introduction by Anesa Miller-Pogacar.(Amherts: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1995), pg. 298.
- Robert Bird ( University of Chicago , USA )
- Alexei Cherniakov (St Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy , Russia )
- Manon de Courten (Nexus Institute, Tilburg, Netherlands)
- Aleksandr Dobrokhotov ( Moscow State University , Russia )
- Mikhail Epstein ( Emory University , USA )
- Akin Ergden ( Middle East Technical University , Ankara , Turkey )
- Machiel Karskens (Radboud University, Netherlands)
- Nicholas Rzhevsky (SUNY at Stonybrooke , USA )
- Sibyl Schwarzenbach (SUNY, New York , USA )
- Anton Simons (Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese Utrecht , Netherlands )
- Bo Strth (European University Institute, Florence , Italy )
- Dirk Uffelmann (Bremen University, Germany)
- Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover ( Monash University , Australia )[Co-editor]
- Slavoj iek (Institute for Sociology, University of Ljubljana ,
- Slovenia , and European Graduate School , Saas-Fee , Switzerland )
- Evert van der Zweerde (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)[Co-editor]
- Joanna Nowicki (Institut Hannah Arendt, Marne-la-Valle)
- James Phillips ( University of New South Wales , Australia )
TRANSCULTURAL STUDIES : A SERIES IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The transcultural learning experience
Transculture, modernization and globalisation
Annette van den Bosch
Rebecca-Anne C Do Rozario
Transculture and interpretation
Leonard Anthony Polakiewicz