Transcultural Studies:
A Series in Interdisciplinary Research

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 the state of not-belonging…”

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 is to escape “culture-centrism” or 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.
The editorial board of Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research share the view that to embrace this kind of 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. In this spirit of freedom, the editorial board welcomes innovative methodologies on a wide range of emerging issues in the humanities.

Contributions are invited on interdisciplinary topics that go beyond the disciplinary and offer 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.

Forthcoming Issues

• Transcultural Studes: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research. Vol. 4 (2008) Special Issue
"The Figure of Sophia in Literature and Culture."
Guest Editors: Evert van der Zweerde and Andrew Padgett.
• Transcultural Studes: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research. Vol. 5 (2009) Special Issue
"M M Mamardashvili and late-Soviet Philosophy."
Guest Editors: Tapani Laine, Evert van der Zweerde and Andrew Padgett.

Published Issues

Click on covers to jump to downloadable files

Vol.1 (2005)

Vols. 2-3 (2006-2007)

Editorial Board

Series Editors Slobodanka M. Vladiv-Glover Monash University, Australia
Evert van der Zweerde Raboud University, Nijmengen, Netherlands
Advisory Board 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
Akın Ergüden

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Machiel Karskens

Radboud University, Netherlands
Andrew Padgett Monash University, Australia
James Phillips University of New South Wales, Australia
Nicholas Rzhevsky SUNY at Stonybrooke, USA
Sibyl Schwarzenbach CUNY, New York, USA
Anton Simons Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese Utrecht, Netherlands
Bo Stråth European University Institute, Florence, Italy
Dirk Uffelmann Bremen University, Germany
Slavoj Žižek

Institute for Sociology, University of Ljubljana,
Slovenia, and European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland



Subscription Rates

Contributions should be sent to:

Slobodanka M. Vladiv Glover
PO Box 11A Monash University
Victoria 3800

or as email attachments (Word 6) to

Subscription enquiries to

Charles Schlacks Jr., Publisher
P.O. Box 1256, Idyllwild
CA 92545-1256

Tel: (909) 659 4641

Institutions $20.00
Individuals $15.00

Postage charges

USA $2.00
Canada $3.00
International $4.00

Copyright © 2003 by Charles Schlacks Jr., Publisher All Rights Reserved Printed in the United States of America ISSN: 1535-5314
Cover design copyright © Fiona Dalwood, BA (Fine Arts), Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.