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Abenteuer sind Bahnungen im Gestrüpp der Kontingenz. Sie verlangen nach einer Reflexion über Zufall und Schicksal, über Wagnis, Risiko und Ereignishorizonte des Erzählens, über Sinnansprüche und Techniken der Sinnbildung. „Wir wünschen wahrlich eine philosophische Geschichte des Abentheuers!“ schrieb Herder im Jahr 1774. Die Schriftenreihe der Münchner Forschungsgruppe Philologie des Abenteuers will dem Herderschen Arbeitsauftrag entsprechen, indem sie diesen unterschätzten Grundbegriff des Erzählens in seiner narratologischen, psychologischen und kulturgeschichtlichen Dimension entfaltet. Das Erzähl-, Wahrnehmungs- und Erfahrungsschema namens Abenteuer hat sich, allen kritischen Einsprüchen zum Trotz, als extrem anpassungsfähig erwiesen, immer neue Renaissancen erlebt und immer weitere Bereiche der Kultur durchdrungen. In solchen Übertragungen wird der ursprünglich narrative Charakter des Abenteuers häufig nicht mehr mitgedacht. Eben diesen Charakter stellt die Reihe Philologie des Abenteuers in den Mittelpunkt. Ihr historischer Radius reicht von antiken Grundlagentexten über mittelalterliche und frühneuzeitliche Erzählformen bis in die Moderne, in der das Abenteuer scheinbar aus der seriösen Literatur verdrängt wird, sich in Wirklichkeit aber zäh im literarischen Feld behauptet – und zwar keineswegs nur an dessen Rändern. In dieser historischen Tiefenperspektive erweist sich der Begriff Abenteuer als ein wandlungsfähiger, gleichwohl aber elementarer Nukleus des Erzählens – elementar sowohl im narrativen als auch im psychologischen Sinn.
How has man dealt in daily practice with the uncertainty intrinsic to the future? Prognostication in History is a peer-reviewed, international book series that investigates the concepts, techniques and practices and their development in different societies and in different periods. Its main focus is on Asia and Europe.
Prognostication in all its forms is an extremely diverse anthropological phenomenon, which so far has been understudied in the Humanities. The book series approaches the topic from a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspective, aiming to both broaden specific knowledge and enhance critical reflection. Published in close cooperation with the Society for the Critical Study of Divination, it builds on the work of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities at Erlangen University on “Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication – Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe”, thus providing a platform for scholars world-wide to present and connect their research on a subject of ever-growing importance for a wide variety of disciplines.
This series focuses on the manifold commercial, human, political-diplomatic and scientific interactions that took place across the continental (overland) and maritime Silk Routes. This includes exchanges of ideas, knowledge, religions, and the transfer of cultural traditions, including forms of migration. Geographically speaking the series covers networks (or routes) across the Eurasian continent, the broader Indian Ocean (from East Asia as far as Africa), and the Asia-Pacific world, that is, trans-Pacific connections from Asia to the American continent. A special interest lies in the history of science and technology and knowledge transfer along and across these routes. The series focuses particularly on historical topics but contemporary studies are also welcome.
The primary focus of this new peer-reviewed monograph series will be the study of Christianity in East Asia. It will reflect “local” (i.e. Chinese, Japanese and Korean) themes as well as comparative perspectives that explore the historical, cultural, and religious connections that mark the interactions between these countries. Subject matter may include but is not limited to: church history, cultural anthropology, historical linguistics, history of science and medicine, global history, and comparative studies. The series will also include critical studies of primary sources related to the history of Christianity in East Asia and/or critical translations of those sources, with accompanying commentary and critical apparatus. Influential works in the field hitherto published only in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean respectively will be carefully selected, translated into English, and made available to an international audience with the aim of promoting scholarly dialogue beyond local linguistic constituencies.

The Editors welcome inquiries from prospective authors. For more information concerning the series and the manuscript submission process, please contact Stephen Ford, Editorial Assistant, at
The series will be of interest to anybody interested in questions of cosmopolitan and vernacular in the Sinographic Cosmopolis—specifically, with respect to questions of language, writing and literary culture, embracing both beginnings (the origins of and early sources for writing in the sinographic sphere) and endings (the disintegration of the Sinographic Cosmopolis in places like Korea, Japan and Vietnam, and the advent of linguistic modernity throughout all of the old Sinitic sphere. In addition, the series will feature comparative research on interactions and synergies in language, writing and literary culture in the Sinographic Cosmopolis over nearly two millennia, as well as studies of the 'sinographic hangover' in modern East Asia-critical and comparative assessments of the social and cultural history of language and writing and linguistic thought in modern and premodern East Asia.

Edited by Ronald Holzhacker

This series focuses on environmental and sustainable development in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region, where many scientific, governance, and societal questions emerge at the local, national, regional and global levels. Such questions call for research and publications with theoretical perspectives, as well as studies that provide rich empirical and comparative analysis originated from the region.

The volumes will explore the political ecology in the context of local, regional and global governance, either dealing with the interaction between global agreements and their implementation and the roles that multi-level institutions play in the decision-making process, or the engagement and impact of societal stakeholders, including NGOs, civil society organizations, and citizens, which are critical to the success of long-term sustainable development, thus very relevant to this series.

The series welcomes contributions from the social sciences, including political science, economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, development studies and law, as well as inter-disciplinary work with the natural sciences.

For more information concerning the series and the manuscript submission process, please contact series editor Ronald Holzhacker at or Brill acquisitions editor Chunyan Shu at

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Brill's Companions to Asian Studies Online is an expanding e-book collection of specially commissioned research companions to various key aspects of Asian history, culture and religion. Almost all volumes are published in Brill’s prestigious series Handbook of Oriental Studies (HdO). Peer reviewed and written by experts, they offer balanced accounts at an advanced level, along with an overview of the state of scholarship and a synthesis of debate, pointing the way for future research. Designed for students and scholars, the books explain what sources there are, what methodologies and approaches are appropriate in dealing with them, what issues arise and how they have been treated, and what room there is for disagreement. All volumes are in English.

“In the fast-paced world of the twenty-first century the impressive and expanding list of titles in Brill's Companions to Asian Studies Online answers the need for students and researchers to gain immediate access to high-quality academic work. Overviewing the current state of research on a range of topics while opening up pathways for future inquiry, this e-book collection represents an invaluable reference tool and a unique contribution to the field of Asian Studies.”
Barbara Watson Andaya, University of Hawai‘i
Leonard Y. Andaya, University of Hawai‘i

Edited by Jianfu Chen

After nearly four decades of reform, China is a transformed and yet a rapidly changing society. Along with the continuing economic changes, there is no dispute that China has witnessed tremendous transformations in the area of law.

This series aims to study the legal development in China from the historical and comparative perspectives. It seeks to bring together scholarly work that not only examines legal theories but also investigates how law is implemented and enforced in the Chinese society. It aims to become the series of choice for prospective authors of in-depth historica, theoretical studies as well as socio-legal and empirical studies on Chinese law.
Chronicles of Contemporary Chinese Social Life includes part of the data collected at the Fudan Data Center for Contemporary Chinese Social Life by Professor Zhang Letian and his team from grassroots society in China, either directly from the owner/author or from collectors who work with the original owner/author. The data is systematic and comprehensive in a self-standing way. All the data that were selected for publication are from a particular rural collective, an urban work-unit, or a residential community and thus reflect the wholeness of the given unit of social life. These data all stretch for a time span of ten years or more, providing enough temporal depth for research and better understanding. These non-aggregated data at the grassroots level systematically reflect the real social life of a particular community over a long time period; they are rich in details for both in-depth case studies and comparative studies. As these kinds of data have never been published before, this publication is truly unique and original.

The targeted readers include China scholars around the world, particularly those whose research focus on contemporary or post-1949 China and/or teaching courses for the same period, graduate students in the same fields for both learning and their own research, and some individuals from the concerned public who want to learn more about Chinese social life by engaging in original and untouched empirical data.
The series Corpus Avesticum is designed to provide a forum for new editions of Avestan texts. It includes works by different authors on the transmission of the Avesta and editions of Avestan texts and their exegesis in Pahlavi and Sanskrit. The editions will be based on a fresh collation of the manuscripts available today and on a critical analysis of the manuscript tradition. Editions would vary according to the focus individual authors have chosen for their work.
The series comprises three types of works. The first type would be editions of the ritual Avesta. They provide the Avestan text of complete rituals together with a text-critical apparatus. The second type comprises editions of the Avestan, Pahlavi or Sanskrit versions of a text with translation, commentary and dictionary of that particular text. Depending on the size of the text, the edition would be either of a complete text, or of a constituent part of a larger text (such as, for example, part of the Yasna). The third type comprises analyses of the history and dependencies of the manuscripts.