New publication - Sound, Meaning, Shape: The Phonologist Wei Jiangong (1901-1980) between Language Study and Language Planning
One of the leading proponents of the radical linguistic reforms in 20th century China, Wei Jiangong remains hardly known in the West. In Sound, Meaning, Shape describes Mariana Münning how Wei, who was rooted in traditional philology and conceptualizing language as a tool, helped to promulgate a standard language, led the compilation of the world’s most popular dictionary, and helped to drive script reform.
New publication - Theorising Emotions: An Enquiry into the Emotion Knowledge of Premodern Tamil Treatises
It is impossible to imagine human history without emotions. But what is known about theoretical emotion knowledge in premodern South India? In Theorising Emotions Barbara Schuler offers a first systematic examination of emotion knowledge as found in Tamil treatises and commentaries written from the 11th to 17th century.
CrossAsia-eBooks / CrossAsia-ePublishing renamed HASP - Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing
Under a new name, Heidelberg University Library is further expanding its successful open access publishing activities with innovative new services. What started as CrossAsia-eBooks / CrossAsia-ePublishing within the FID Asia in 2016 will be continued as Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing - HASP since the beginning of 2022 within FID4SA - Specialized Information Service South Asia. Take a look at our preview with titles planned for spring 2022.
New publication - Japan's Contemporary Media Culture between Local and Global
In this collection on Japan's Contemporary Media Culture between Local and Global the editors bring together a wide range of inquiries into Japan’s contemporary media culture, situating popular media content and its related practices and theories in the complex interplay between local and global. The chapters draws attention to several prominent phenomena, suggest new approaches to media culture, and highlight the importance of positionality with regard to research on media culture. The volume documents the results of a series of PhD student workshops held in Kyoto and Leipzig between 2017 and 2019, and continues the discussions started there.
New publication - The Imperial Library of the Northern Song by Johannes L. Kurz
The Imperial Library of the Northern Song by Johannes L. Kurz is a translation of the Lintai gushi by Cheng Ju, a book that deals with the imperial book collections under the Northern Song. The library collections of the early Northern Song were created from scratch, only to be partially destroyed again in the disastrous fire of 1015 and during the shift of the capital from Kaifeng to Hangzhou. Cheng Ju’s Lintai gushi is the oldest surviving source of information on the Northern Song (960‒1126) imperial libraries. The Lintai gushi bears witness to the various activities undertaken to rebuild comprehensive book collections and thus to fill the gap in the history of imperial Song libraries.
New publication - Kunst, Markt, Kommunikation: Die zeitgenössische Kunstwelt in Indien im Wandel (2000-2018)
Contemporary visual art has long since ceased to take place only in Western art centres. In particular, "emerging art markets" such as India or China, with their aspiring middle and upper classes, have increasingly attracted the attention of the global art field since the beginning of the 2000s. However, these art markets do not simply fit into the Western art establishment, but differentiate themselves into (trans)local art fields. The book Kunst, Markt, Kommunikation traces how (trans)local art institutions, knowledge spaces and resources have evolved in India between 2000 and 2018 and suggests that the transformation of the contemporary art world in India can be understood as a decided process of localisation.
Published as volume 2 of Media and Cultural Studies series.
FID4SA supports Open Access as a publishing model for the dissemination and advancement of knowledge and learning. With HASP, we offer scholars in Asian Studies across the world an opportunity to publish their research results electronically. We publish scholarly monographs, edited volumes and journals according to both the gold OA model (books are available in OA immediately) and the green OA model (self-archiving). We use the open source software OMP from the Public Knowledge Project (PKP).