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This publication brings together current scholarship that focuses on the significance of performing arts heritage of royal courts in Southeast Asia. The contributors consist of both established and early-career researchers working on traditional performing arts in the region and abroad. The first volume, Pusaka as Documented Heritage, consists of historical case studies, contexts and developments of royal court traditions, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second volume, Pusaka as Performed Heritage, comprises chapters that problematise royal court traditions in the present century with case studies that examine the viability, adaptability and contemporary contexts for coexisting administrative structures.
A Relational View on Artistic Practices from Africa and the Diaspora
The present volume brings together contributions which explore artworks – including literature, visual arts, film and performances – as dynamic sites of worlding. It puts emphasis on the processes of creating or doing worlds, implying movement as opposed to the boundary drawing of area studies. From such a processual perspective, Africa is not a delineated area, but emerges in a variety of relations which can reach across the continent, but also the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic or Europe.

Contributors are: Thierry Boudjekeu, Elena Brugioni, Ute Fendler, Sophie Lembcke, Gilbert Ndi Shang, Samuel Ndogo, Duncan Tarrant, Kumari Issur, CJ Odhiambo, Michaela Ott, Peter Simatei, Clarissa Vierke, Chinelo J. Enemuo.
Praktiken und Verfahren des Übens in den Künsten
Künstlerische Produktionsprozesse sind durchzogen von Praktiken, Handlungen und Verfahren, die man als Übungen bezeichnen kann. Der Band Üben üben untersucht die Praxis des Übens auf Probebühnen, in Ateliers, Werkstätten und Übezellen, auf dem Papier, im Kopf und zwischen Körpern im Raum. Übungen zielen auf Selbstbildungsprozesse, durch die das Subjekt ein Verhältnis zu sich selbst und anderen konstituiert. Übungen operieren auf der Schwelle von Disziplin und Überschreitung und haben eine soziale Dimension; sie finden in spezifischen Institutionen statt, deren Normen sie fortschreiben. Zugleich scheinen sie im Widerspruch zur allseitigen Forderung nach Kreativität, Originalität und Individualität zu stehen. Die Untersuchung konkreter Übungsszenarien macht implizite Normen und Ansprüche kenntlich. Erschlossen wird ein transdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld der Theater- und Tanzwissenschaft, der Kulturvermittlung, der Musikpädagogik und der Philosophie.
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From tenth-century South India to twenty-first-century cultural events, from the court assemblies to the public space: Attentive Minds takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of avadhāna, a complex and long-living performative art of India whose practitioners showcase highly developed cognitive skills (like attention, ability to multitask, memory) and specialized knowledge.
With the help of epigraphic and literary sources and field research, Hermina Cielas reconstructs avadhāna’s history in its socio-cultural context and provides a detailed systematization of the art. Her multifaceted study investigates the cultural phenomenon scarcely known outside of India. It explores avadhāna’s multiple forms, from games and puzzles, through a display of mnemonic or motor skills, to multilingual literary feasts.
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This publication brings together current scholarship that focuses on the significance of performing arts heritage of royal courts in Southeast Asia. Royal courts have long been sites for the creation, exchange, maintenance, and development of myriad forms of performing arts and other distinctive cultural expressions. The first volume, Pusaka as Documented Heritage, consists of historical case studies, contexts and developments of royal court traditions, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Makam, Composition and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire
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Between 1600 and 1750 Ottoman Turkish music differentiated itself from an older Persianate art music and developed the genres antecedent to modern Turkish art music. Based on a translation of Demetrius Cantemir’s seminal “Book of the Science of Music” from the early eighteenth century, this work is the first to bring together contemporaneous notations, musical treatises, literary sources, travellers’ accounts and iconography. These present a synthetic picture of the emergence of Ottoman composed and improvised instrumental music. A detailed comparison of items in the notated Collections of Cantemir and of Bobowski—from fifty years earlier—together with relevant treatises, reveal key aspects of modality, melodic progression and rhythmic structures.
Gewalt und Wissen sind intrikat verwoben. Das Wissen um Gewalt kann ihre Kritik ermöglichen. Es kann aber auch Teil der Gewalt selbst sein, etwa wo das Wissen um Lynchings, Folter oder Genozide als offenes Geheimnis und Drohgebärde zirkulieren. Welches Wissen haben Täter*innen, Zeug*innen und Überlebende von Gewalt? Welche Funktion kommt dem Szenischen bei der Produktion dieses Wissens zu? Wie erzeugen oder konterkarieren wissenschaftliche Anordnungen selbst Formen der epistemic violence?

Der interdisziplinäre Band konturiert das Verhältnis von Gewalt und Wissen, Öffentlichkeit und Subjektivität entlang von Positionen aus den Kultur- und Geisteswissenschaften. Er enthält darüber hinaus Beispiele künstlerischen Widerstands und gibt antihegemonialen Stimmen Raum. Im Fokus stehen zum einen das Lager als historischer Knotenpunkt des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts und zum anderen mediale Dispositive und performative Verkörperungen von Gewalt.
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We read the book, and the book is reading us. In his later novels, Charles Dickens uses the interaction between characters and their audiences within the fiction to dramatise his growing understanding of the pivotal role of spectatorship and choice in a more democratic society. Egotists of all stripes, intent on bending the world to their singular will, would appropriate the power of spectatorship by taking command of the detachment necessary for choice. Dickens’s pluralistic art of sameness and difference redefines that detachment, and liberates choice both inside and outside the novels, for the relationship between characters and their audiences within the narratives actually inscribes our own relationship with them in the performance of reading, a reflective doubling of the fiction upon the reader across time with moral consequences for our spectatorship of our own lives.