The analysis of the relationship between center and periphery is one of many theoretical approaches found in all fields of the Humanities. We therefore found it to be a suitable topic for the initial issue of the journal. Looking at this special relationship from several disciplinary perspectives is an effective methodology for establishing connections between various fields of study. Consequently the issue contains articles dealing with literature, movies, and other research approaches of the humanities. The historical perspective of cultural reception, the economic relationship between central and peripheral areas as well as the development of stereotypes as a consequence of the exchange between both areas are also part of the discussion.The first issue of Global Humanities will therefore provide a broad outlook on the periphery-center relationship, giving the interested reader an insight into the different working fields of several disciplines within the Humanities. It furthermore can be considered an argument for strengthening interdisciplinary work in the future, highlighting the interconnectedness of history, literature, art, politics and many other disciplines.
With contributions by Liony Bauer, De-Valera N. Y. M. Botchway, Julia Brühne, Cathrin Cronjäger, Solveig Lena Hansen, Julia Harnoncourt, Henner Kropp, Ingo Löppenberg, Dina Mansour, Christoph Mohamad-Klotzbach, Oliver Schlenkrich, Jeffrey Shaw, Evangelidis Vasileios, and Kyle J. Wanberg.
Henner KroppHalfway around the World:Russian America as a Part of the Russian Empire
Ingo LöppenbergTheir Knowledge about Arctic Nature:The Utility of Indigenous Knowledge for German Polar Exploration and Knowledge of the Inuit in Imperial Germany
Dina MansourStirring the “Mix”:Gender and Religion within Islamic Contexts in Europe
Oliver Schlenkrich/Christoph Mohamad-KlotzbachOpen and Closed Electoral Autocracies in the (Semi-)Periphery from 1996 to 2010: Democratization and Foreign Aid Flows
Evangelidis VasileiosCenters, Peripheries and Technical Progress
Jeffrey M. ShawSelf-Transcendence in Thomas Merton, Reza Arasteh, and Daisetz Suzuki
Exploitation and Stereotypes
Julia HarnoncourtLabor-Relations and the Periphery :The Example of trabalho escravo in Pará (Brazil)
Liony BauerCan German Nationalism after WWII Be Characterized by the Concept of ‘Economic Securitization’? Case Study: Securitization of the Roma Minority
De-Valera N.Y.M. BotchwayDefiance, Rhetoric and Ideologies of Order, and the Rewriting of Colonial Historiography: An Exploration of Cultural Nationalism in Colonial and Post-Colonial Ghana
Solveig Lena Hansen/Cathrin CronjägerTranscending the Spatialized Other in and through Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods
Kyle J. WanbergDisrupting the Center:Toward a Theory of Global Aesthetics
Julia BrühneA Revolutionary Myth: Border Crossing, Nostalgia and Identification in Robert Rodríguez’s Machete (2010)
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