Cultural Encounters and Tolerance Through Analyses of Social and Artistic Evidences: From History to the Present (Book project)
Organization: Ankara University
Event: Book project
Recently, for various reasons, cultures around the world have tended to become more inward looking and aggressive in defending their socio-cultural domain. However, throughout history, many civilizations have established extensive and long-term cultural ties with different cultural groups; such interactive networks having in turn activated the acculturation, syncretism and transculturation phenomena. From past to present, we know that cultures endeavor to protect themselves and endure through actuated language, religion, nationality, and even war. Despite ideological schisms that emerged between civilizations from time to time, our hunger for cultural encounters and coexistence shines through. We also witness cultural assets more mobile then ideologies across the boundaries as it can be more often seen in the art and architectural examples. This book helps us to better understand how encounters with other cultures are reflected in our artistic productions and behaviors, especially those that emerged as a response to cultural confrontations. This editorial work aims to assemble the various tools that scholars have used for analyzing how we encounter and coexist with different cultures. The book provides evidence of this remarkable phenomenon of humanity and guides the reader to understand how we consolidate our indulgences of other cultures visually and materially.
Intolerance of humanity encourages negative emotions between cultures. The framework of this book helps to bring to light different histories and present evidence of cultural encounters, coexistence and acculturation. It provides creditable examples of how cultural mechanisms work and how these mechanisms activate the inevitable adaptation process, which may promote people’s psychological vision to improve today’s level of tolerance. It shows cultural assets more mobile then ideologies across the boundaries as it can be more often seen in cultural arena. The aim of this work is helping the reader appreciate the prolific benefits of humanity being together. It provides a key analysis of the phenomenon of how cultural encounters influence coexistence and describes the academic approaches that underpin them. The book also shares useful examples of the kinds of visual and material evidence used for scientific enquiry.
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