Johannes L. Kurz
The Imperial Library of the Northern Song: A Complete Translation of the Lintai gushi (canben) 麟台故事 (殘本) by Cheng Ju 程俱 (1078–1144)

Research on the history of libraries in pre-modern China served to reconstruct not only the holdings of imperial and private libraries, the bureaucracy and handling procedures involved in maintaining the book collections, and the commercial book printing and trade but also provided new insights into the kind of books that were produced and read by the educated. This book is a complete translation of Lintai gushi by Cheng Ju - the oldest surviving source of information on the Northern Song (960-1126) imperial libraries.

Forthcoming in Summer/Autumn 2021

Tatiana Oranskaia, Anvita Abbi (Eds.)
The Heart of Change: Issues on Variation in Hindi

Variation is considered a central property of language, providing means to convey social meaning, cultural values, and emotional attitudes. The Heart of Change: Issues on Variation in Hindi aspires to make the picture of this phenomenon, functioning as the motor of linguistic change, clearer by looking into regional, social and linguistic forms of Hindi in the broad meaning of the latter term. Variation is not only the topic but also the strategy of the book combining various aspects of linguistic research and, accordingly, various data types as well as methodological approaches. The bilingual English-and-Hindi volume provides fresh data, useful reading, and ideas of interest to Indologists, linguists, and language teachers.

Forthcoming in Summer/Autumn 2021

Jamila Adeli
Kunst, Markt, Kommunikation: Die zeitgenössische Kunstwelt in Indien im Wandel (2000–2018)

Contemporary fine art no longer takes place only in western centers. Since 2000, emerging art market countries and their rising middle and upper classes have gained increasing attention from the global art field. Instead of merely integrating into established western art worlds, aspirational art markets are currently in the process of developing (trans)local art worlds on site. By the example of India as an emerging art market country, this book captures the transformation of the contemporary art world in India as a decidedly local process. In analyzing actor-centric practices and positioning in Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi, this books depicts how translocal art institutions, knowledge spaces and local resources emerge and constitute a new translocal art infrastructure and art field in India. This localization process gradually results in the growth of a new artistic self-confidence, in an emancipation of the western power of interpretation (consecration), and finally in a sense of belonging to a global art field. Local art market actors, constitutive art events like the India Art Fair and the Kochi-Muziris-Biennale and their role in building new (trans)local art hubs within the artistic network of the Global South are in the center of this investigation.

Forthcoming in Summer/Autumn 2021


Nadja-Christina Schneider (Ed.)
Media and Cultural Studies

The "Media and Cultural Studies" series publishes original research results in the area studies that deal with questions of media and cultural studies. An additional focus is laid on innovative research at the interface of media culture and gender studies. In particular, the series serves as a publication platform for transregional and South Asia-related projects, for instance, PhD dissertations or edited volumes. Furthermore, it offers possibilities for multimedia publications.