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

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Vol.1 (2005)

Vols. 2-3 (2006-2007)

Editorial Board

Series Editors Slobodanka M. Vladiv-Glover Monash University, Australia Millicent.VladivGlover@arts.monash.edu.au
Evert van der Zweerde Raboud University, Nijmengen, Netherlands evdzweerde@phil.ru.nl
Advisory Board Robert Bird University of Chicago, USA bird@uchicago.edu
Alexei Cherniakov

St Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy, Russia

alchern@peterlink.ru
Manon de Courten  Nexus Institute, Tilburg, Netherlands manondecourten@hotmail.com
Aleksandr Dobrokhotov Moscow State University, Russia alexdobr@tochka.ru
Mikhail Epstein Emory University, USA russmne@emory.edu
Akın Ergüden

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

akine@metu.edu.tr
Machiel Karskens

Radboud University, Netherlands

mkarskens@phil.ru.nl
Andrew Padgett Monash University, Australia Andrew.Padgett@monashcollege.mcpl.edu.au
James Phillips University of New South Wales, Australia j.phillips@unsw.edu.au
Nicholas Rzhevsky SUNY at Stonybrooke, USA Nicholas.Rzhevsky@stonybrook.edu
Sibyl Schwarzenbach CUNY, New York, USA sschwarzenbach@gc.cuny.edu
Anton Simons Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese Utrecht, Netherlands amsimons@xs4all.nl
Bo Stråth European University Institute, Florence, Italy Bo.Strath@IUE.it
Dirk Uffelmann Bremen University, Germany uffelma@pop.zfn.uni-bremen.de
Slavoj Žižek

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

szizek@yahoo.com

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