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Publishing Programme 2021/2022

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Friedrich Carl Kaiser
Carl Stamitz (1745–1801).
Biographische Beiträge – Das symphonische Werk – Thematischer Katalog der Orchesterwerke. Herausgegeben von Johannes Knüchel

Schriften zur Südwestdeutschen Hofmusik, Volume 2

Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Johann Stamitz's eldest son, is well known for his works, as his compositions can be found on numerous recordings and concert programmes in today's music scene. Musicologists though do not pay the same attention to this composer, who came from the ranks of the court musicians of the Electoral Palatinate. The dissertation by Friedrich Carl Kaiser (1931-2008), submitted in 1962, is still the only monograph that systematically deals with his life and his orchestral music, which was a major part of his creative work. It is a standard work that rightly appears in every bibliography on the subject. Up to now it has only been possible to view the compulsory typescript copies of the dissertation, which are distributed among a few libraries and which differ in detail from one another. The reason for this is the somewhat unusual genesis of the text, as Kaiser repeatedly made changes and additions to his Stamitz monograph over a long period of time. The present edition, which also includes Kaiser's personal copy from his estate, now provides musicology researchers with a reliable edition of this fundamental text.

Coming in Autumn 2022

Steve Pagel
The roots of contact linguistics. On the emergence of the language contact paradigm in the science of language

Reflecting on language contact and language mixing is part of the European-Western occupation with language from the beginning. Starting with Plato, it is for a long time a rather unexcited reflection, until in the 19th century, the perspective changes radically: the normality of cases of contact and mixing is gone, they become a research taboo first and only a little later a research focus, from which a separate discipline, contact linguistics, emerges. This book, for the first time, tells the whole story of the study of language contact up to the 20th century, and shows how critical-historiographic studies can help to understand and advance current debates (for example, in creolistics).

Coming in Autumn 2022

Manik Bajracharya (Eds.)
Slavery and Unfree Labour in Nepal. Documents from the 18th to Early 20th Century

Documenta Nepalica, Volume 3

The topic of slavery is largely under-represented in the historiography of Nepal. This source book, aware of this disparity and wishing to encourage future studies on the topic, provides the reader with editions, translations and a study of selected documents and legal texts of Nepal from the period of the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. These sources are concerned with such different aspects of slavery as donations, transactions, bondservitude, forced labour, emancipation, and law.

Coming in Winter 2022

Bijay Basukala, Niels Gutschow, Nutandhar Sharma
Patan – Vãbāhā. History and Inventory of a Newar Buddhist community in Nepal

Documenta Nepalica, Volume 5

This volume presents the religious, architectural, and textual background of Vãbāhā, one of the 16 main monasteries of Patan, located in one of the three royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The history of the Buddhist monastic courtyard and its objects is presented along with 42 inscriptions, dating from 1596 CE to 2021.

Coming in Winter 2022

Christian Gründig
Französische Lebenswelten in der Residenz. Akteure, Räume und Modalitäten französisch-sächsischer Verflechtung im augusteischen Dresden, 1694‒1763

Pariser Historische Studien, Volume 126

In the Augustan era (1694–1763), the Saxon residence city of Dresden developed into a cultural centre of the Holy Roman Empire. New networks and trade routes set knowledge transfers in motion, wherein the connection to France took on a prominent role. This study therefore focuses on the large number of French people who came to the Saxon capital for short or long periods of time. The study includes an examination of the French prerequisites, the social modalities and finally the French activities at court and in the city based on numerous sources from German and French archives. In this way, Christian Gründig draws a multifaceted, actor-centred picture of Franco-Saxon cultural transfer.

Coming in Winter 2022

Marion Müller
Das Schloss als Zeichen des Aufstiegs. Die Ausstattung von Vaux-le-Vicomte im Kontext repräsentativer Strategien des neuen Adels im französischen 17. Jahrhundert

Höfische Kultur interdisziplinär, Volume 5

Louis XIV's absolutist rule, which began in 1661, was preceded by a period of intensive building activity of ascended state and financial elites in France. Among the most important of these estates, which were mostly located in the Parisian countryside, was the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte (built for Nicolas Fouquet), which serves as a case study for the interaction between social mobility and art. This volume focuses on the decoration of the château and garden, created under the direction of Charles Le Brun between 1657 and 1661, and places it in the context of comparable decoration projects of the time.

Coming in Winter 2022

Stephan Nicolussi-Köhler, Tanja Skambraks, Sebastian Steinbach (Eds.)
Die Materialität von Kredit. Sachüberlieferungen mittelalterlicher Schuld- und Kreditbeziehungen

Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung, Volume 27 Nr. 2 (2022)

This special issue provides an overview of the diversity of the materiality of credit relations in central, northern, and southeastern Europe. In nine case studies dealing with different kinds of objects like tally sticks, letters, or pawn objects it is shown that credit was not limited to a specific social or economic stratum. The different approaches stemming from archeology, German philology, Jewish studies, and material studies mobilize new insights in the functioning of medieval credit. Given the growing research interest about economic changes in the Middle Ages, the articles offer a valuable addition to sources available for economists and historians alike.

Coming in Winter 2022

Jihan Jennifer Radjai-Bründl
Repräsentationen der israelischen Soldatin im Netz der Bildkulturen

Representations of female Israeli soldiers are a popular subject in photography. However, a notable controversial imparting exists concerning gender and identity: heroic depictions of female Israeli soldiers as shown by the Israeli military in their official representations are in contrast to portraits which are either sexualized or appear as a form of criticism on military service as such and the responsibility of young women soldiers towards the state and the people. This analysis focusses on aspects of the visual language and aesthetics in the context of the cultural history discourse of Zionism, as well as on stereotypes such as the ›beautiful Jewess‹ in European painting since the 18th century. The results offer a unique contribution to Jewish studies by combining methods of gender studies and art history, as well as visual studies

Coming in Winter 2022

Benjamin Beuerle, Sandra Dahlke, Andreas Renner (Eds.)
Russia´s North Pacific. Centres and Peripheries

Russia and the Asia-Pacific, Volume 1

The series “Russia and the Asia-Pacific” explores political, economic, social, cultural and environmental interactions of the Russian Far East within its Asian-Pacific context as well as with the Russian capital in the past and present. Its first volume addresses from a multidisciplinary perspective notably the following questions: How were and are directives from a center thousands of kilometers away perceived and implemented by actors in this region? To which extent was and is the center successful or how did or does it fail in integrating a region as far away from the center as the Russian Far East in its state structures? How have notions of “center” and “periphery” changed over time?

Coming in Winter 2022/23

Peter König, Oliver Schlaudt (Eds.)
Kosmos. Vom Umgang mit der Welt zwischen Ausdruck und Ordnung

The long history of cosmology did not simply end in the specialised discipline of the physical study of the universe. Rather, the times we live in are characterised by a "cosmological restlessness", which indicates that today central questions about the world and our position in it demand new answers. A look at the history and diversity of cosmology reveals a "form of expression" that is not limited to the function of a worldview (a picture of the world), but can pursue many other purposes and inscribes itself in complicated ways in the intellectual, theoretical, but also political, ethical and practical contexts of its time. This volume portrays this in many case studies, ranging from prehistory to present-day Earth system science.

Coming in Winter 2022/23

Björn Malte Schäfer
General Relativity. Geometric Structure and Dynamics of Spacetime

Lecture Notes

General relativity is the theory of the structure and dynamics of spacetime. These lecture notes provide an introduction into the concepts of differential geometry, in particular pseudo-Riemannian geometry, and discusses the ideas behind the construction of a gravitational field equation. Exact solutions to the field equation for highly symmetric spacetimes, i.e. black holes, FLRW cosmologies and gravitational waves, are worked out. Advanced topics that are covered include Liederivatives and the Killingequation, the derivation of the field equations from variational principles, and the formulation of field theories on curved spacetimes.

Coming in Winter 2022/23

Björn Malte Schäfer
Cosmology. From the Large-Scale Structure of Spacetime to Galaxy Formation

Lecture Notes

The lecture notes give an overview of modern cosmology: After introducing the necessary concepts from general relativity, the FLRWclass of cosmological models is discussed, with emphasis on dark energy. Cosmic structure formation, the necessity of dark matter and the interplay between statistics and nonlinear fluid mechanics are treated in detail. The physics behind cosmological observations that have led to the standard model of cosmology is explained, in particular supernovae, the cosmic microwave background and gravitational lensing.

Coming in Winter 2022/23

Björn Malte Schäfer
Tooltips for Theoretical Physics. Concepts of Modern Theoretical Physics, Scales and Mathematical Tools

Lecture Notes

Theoretical physics is commonly taught in separate lectures, illustrating the physics behind the great constants of Nature: Electrodynamics and the speed of light, quantum mechanics and Planck’s constant, thermodynamics and Boltzmann’s constant, and finally relativity with Newton’s constant as well as the cosmological constant. In these lecture notes, the concepts of theoretical physics are illustrated with their commonalities, and phenomena are traced back to their origin in fundamental concepts.

Coming in Winter 2022/23

Björn Malte Schäfer
Statistical Physics. Linking the Microscopic with the Macroscopic World

Lecture Notes

Statistical physics provides the microscopic theory for thermodynamic macroscopic properties of a physical system. These lecture notes introduce the necessary concepts of statistics and analytical mechanics for equilibrium thermodynamics with partition functions. They cover classical and quantum statistics, and treat advanced topics such as Langevin-dynamics, the Fokker-Planck equation and phase transitions. Many systems like ideal classical and relativistic gases are worked out in detail.

Coming in Winter 2022/23

Max Binder
Ernst Kurth und Sergej Taneev – Philosophie linearer Satztechniken zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts und deren Auswirkungen auf zeitgenössische Kompositionen

The emergence of Linearity at the beginning of the 20th century represents a remarkable but yet rarely dealt with phenomenon in music history. Two main protagonists of the time were Ernst Kurth (Bern) and Sergei Taneev (Moscow), whose counterpoint theories formed the basis for the work of numerous musicians of the time. Although concerning the same subject, both theories show fundamental differences, in music-theoretical as well as in music-aesthetic respect. It turns out that these different philosophies are reflected in numerous works by composers such as Ernst Křenek, Artur Schnabel, Alexander Scriabin, Nikolaj Metner and many others.

Coming in Spring 2023

Ulrich Friedrich Opfermann
„Stets korrekt und human.“ Der Umgang der westdeutschen Justiz mit dem NS-Völkermord an den Sinti und Roma

This book deals with a neglected area of the judicial reappraisal of the Nazi regime: the handling of the crimes against the Central and Eastern European Roma minority in West German NSG trials. It provides a comprehensive insight and overview, informs about the legal prerequisites of the West German judicial special path, and presents the course of proceedings and the roles of the defendants, witnesses and judicial personnel for a number of proceedings. The focus is on the joint trial on the “Zigeunerkomplex” (“Gypsy Complex”, 1958–1970), which was planned as a major trial alongside the first Auschwitz trial and which, contrary to its goal, had little impact and is now forgotten.

Coming in Spring 2023

Christa Syrer
Die Räume der Witwe. Architektur und Funktion fürstlicher Witwensitze in der Frühen Neuzeit, 1450–1650
Höfische Kultur interdisziplinär, Volume 7

Dowagers played an active role in politics and culture at the courts of the Holy Roman Empire. They were mothers, advisers and patrons of the arts. The rulers had to provide them with an appropriate dowry and a residence. For the first time, the book describes the architecture and the ceremonial use of dower residences from the 15th to the 17th century from an art historical point of view. Focusing on functional changes and conversion of the castles, the author shows how the dowagers expressed their new independence in an architectural and spatial way.

Coming in Spring 2023