Culture and Dialogue: Volume 3, Issue Number 1 - March 2013

Culture and Dialogue: Volume 3, Issue Number 1 - March 2013


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Culture and Dialogue: Volume 3, Issue Number 1 - March 2013 by Gerald Cipriani

Vol.3, No.1 of Culture and Dialogue is a Special Issue in many ways.This issue marks the takeover by a new publisher. Because of contractual constraints and practical reasons, the decision was made to continue our journey with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, whose great enthusiasm foreshadows a bright future for the journal. Our words of thanks, however, must also go to Airiti Press without which the journal would not have seen the light of day. We are indebted to Airiti Press for having invested into the launch of a new journal, with all the risks entailed, and for their dedicated hard work. We are most grateful for this. The Journal was officially launched in March 2011 and has since produced four issues, all of which focus on a particular facet of dialogical practice within the field of culture, be it philosophy, art, or politics. Forthcoming issues will offer platforms to explore how dialogue impacts on the shaping of identity, aesthetic meaning, and historical significance. One issue will also be devoted to how dialogue manifests itself in language. This brings us to autumn 2015, after which other pressing themes will, no doubt, be proposed and treated. In whatever case, the thread remains the cultural forms of dialogue; many of us know how critical ignorance about the nature of the dialogue can be, in all fields, at all levels. Argentinian poet Antonio Porchia once wrote that "To be someone is solitude." Any self-felt genius or world-leading mortal will identify with this. The solitude at stake is that of the one who fails to link with others, or an Other, by denying the possibility to relinquish some of him or herself. In fact, the true someone is never alone; the true someone never leads. This is the message Culture and Dialogue is striving to convey, express, or analyse in its various forms across the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. Besides, the Journal has always sought, when possible, to preserve a certain spirit of writing in addition to academic rigour and creativity - a spirit that is undeniably fading in the midst of the publish or perish ethos adopted by advanced techno-capitalist systems of education in some parts of the world. Vol.3, No.1 is a Special Issue devoted to the theme of religion and dialogue. Cosimo Zene, of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, kindly accepted our invitation to be the Guest Editor, and our words of thanks must first go to him. Cosimo has managed to bring together a range of outstanding essays of which the Journal can only be proud. To various degrees and in different ways all essays discuss dialogue and religion, or show dialogue at work in religious studies. We are most grateful to all the authors who generously contributed to this Special Issue and therefore to the life of the Journal; in alphabetical order, T.H. Barrett, Stephen Chan, Jan-Peter Hartung, Sian Hawthorne, Catherine Heszer, Tullio Lobetti, Theodore Proferes, and Cosimo Zene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443849111
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 181
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gerald Cipriani is currently professor at Kyushu University, Japan. He studied Western aesthetics in Leeds (LMU) and East Asian philosophy in London (SOAS). He has taught both in Europe and East Asia and was a British Academy Fellow at Kyoto University. He has published in the fields of phenomenology, hermeneutics, ethics, education, art studies, philosophy of dialogue, French poststructuralism and the Kyoto School. His current writing focuses on dialogical aesthetics. He is also chair of the International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue, chief editor of the journals of humanities Culture and Dialogue and, with Arto Haapala, Aesthetic Pathways, and general editor of the publication series of aesthetic aphorisms Figural. He is also the editor of Art for Social Change and Cultural Awakening (Wei Hsiu Tung, 2013) and Chinese Environmental Aesthetics (Wangheng Chen, 2014). Forthcoming monographs include The Available Self: Marcelian Reflections on Culture and Cultural Experience as Concrete Self-Awakening. Cosimo Zene is currently Reader and Head of Department in the Study of Religions Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published on ex-Untouchables (The Rishi of Bangladesh, 2002), on Gramsci (Rethinking Gramsci, ed. Marcus Green, 2011, LARES, 2013), a monograph on the work of the Danish anthropologist A. F. W. Bentzon in Sardinia (Dialoghi Nulesi, 2009), and various articles on gift-giving in Sardinia, part of a forthcoming monograph (Itineraries of the Gift).

Table of Contents

Editorial Gerald Cipriani 1

Introduction Cosimo Zene 3

Deqing and Daoism: A View of Dialogue and Translation from Late Ming China Tim H. Barrett 11

Dialogue with a Devious Divinity: Sovereignty, Kinship, and Krsna's Ethics in the Mahdbharata Theodore Proferes 25

Freak, not Sage: An Exploration into Freakishness in Modern Jewish Culture Catherine Hezser 51

The Limits of the Dialogical: Thoughts on Muslim Patterns of In- and Exclusion Jan-Peter Hartung 73

Trauma, Dislocation, and Lived Fear in the Postsecular World: Towards a First Methodological Checklist Stephen Chan 95

The Pietas of Doubt: Dialogue, Consciousness and Weak Thought Tullio Lobetti 109

An Outlaw Ethics for the Study of Religions: Maternality and the Dialogic Subject in Julia Kristeva's "Stabat Mater" Sîan Hawthorne 127

The Challenge of Critical Dialogue and the Study of Religions Cosimo Zene 153

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