AЯGOS

 

 

AЯGOS ist ein mehrsprachiges, religionswissenschaftliches Online-Journal, das darauf abzielt, eine Brücke zwischen den verschiedenen Wissenschaftskulturen Europas zu schlagen. Die Zeitschrift veröffentlicht zum einen Originalbeiträge in englischer, deutscher, französischer und italienischer Sprache, die ein Peer-Review-Verfahren durchlaufen. Diese sollen etablierte und neuere Perspektiven der Religionswissenschaft dar-stellen, kommentieren und weiterentwickeln. Auch sollen rezente Ansätze der Religionswissenschaft und benachbarter Disziplinen miteinander ins Gespräch gebracht werden. Von den historischen und empirischen Studien wird eine starke theoretische Einbindung erwartet.  

Zum anderen veröffentlicht AЯGOS Übersetzungen von bereits publizierten, programmatischen Beiträgen, die der religionswissenschaft-lichen Fachdebatte wertvolle theoretische und methodologische Impulse verleihen können. Die übersetzten Beiträge werden durch eine Einführung und einen gehaltvollen Kommentar ergänzt, die ihre Relevanz für die internationale Religionsforschung hervorheben. 

Dem grundlegenden Ziel von AЯGOS, wichtige Ansätze außerhalb ihrer sprachlichen Entstehungskontexte bekannt zu machen, dienen zusätzlich auch die Rezensionen von Büchern aus den verschiedenen europäischen Sprachgebieten. 

AЯGOS erscheint online als reine Open-Access-Publikation ohne Zugangsbeschränkungen. Die Zeitschrift verlangt auch keine Publikationsgebühren. Die Leitung der Zeitschrift obliegt einem kooperativen Editorial Board, einer geschäftsführenden Redaktion und einem Academic Advisory Board. Das Editorial Board besteht aus aktiven und gleichberechtigten Mitgliedern. Es wird in beiden Gremien angestrebt, insbesondere die jüngere Generation von Forscherinnen und Forschern zu integrieren sowie ein ausbalanciertes Genderverhältnis anzustreben.  

Einsendungen von Artikeln sind ab jetzt willkommen. 

Haben Sie Buchvorschläge für eine Rezension, dann kontaktieren Sie bitte per Mail unsere verantwortliche Herausgeberin, Prof. Anja Kirsch. Möchten Sie eine Buchrezension verfassen, so finden Sie hier die Auswahl

AЯGOS ist in der griechischen Mythologie der aufmerksame Wächter mit hundert Augen, der gleichzeitig in alle Richtungen sehen kann. Nach dem Tod des Argos versetze die Göttin Hera seine Augen in das Federkleid eines Pfaus. Argos heißt auch der Erbauer des gleichnamigen Schiffes, mit dem Jason und die Argonauten auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Vlies ihre Abenteuer bestehen. 

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Andrea Rota, Anja Kirsch
Towards a Global History of Religion: Editors’ Note
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4768
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Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz
Lamas and Shamans: Mongolian Orders of Knowledge from the Early 17th to the 21st Century: A Contribution to the Debate on Non-European Concepts of Religion
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4744
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Oliver Freiberger
What Religion Can Be: Mongolian Classifications, Comparative Perspectives, and a Global View
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4751

This article highlights some important conclusions in Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz’s study, “Lamas and Shamans,” and offers some reflections on its relevance for the study of religion more broadly. It argues that comparing the Tibetan/Mongolian process of creating a classification system for religion(s) with the parallel and analogous process in “Western” discourses can yield important insights, especially for the endeavor of category formation, which is crucial in Religious Studies.

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Christoph Kleine
From the History of Religions in Asia to a Global History of Religion
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4752

This article examines the relationship between two contemporary perspectives on conceptualizing a global history of religion. The first is anchored in an entangled conceptual history, reconstructing the genealogy of “religion” back to the colonial nineteenth century. The second favours a multicentred perspective in studying knowledge systems and general concepts independent of the West and predating global modernity. By analysing Japanese religious history, the article illustrates both the potential for and the necessity of integrating these two approaches.

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Carola Lorea
From Dharma to Sound: Decolonizing Definitions of Religious Community
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4753

This piece takes as a starting point a close reading of Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz’s work and connects it to ongoing debates intersecting the fields of religious studies, the anthropology of religion, sensory studies, Global South studies and decolonial theory. It argues that attention to the layered history of local language categories that articulate religious difference constitutes a form of intellectual labour towards epistemic justice.

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Till Mostowlansky
Decolonizing Concepts before It Was Cool: Taking “Lamas and Shamans” for a Ride through Global History
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4755

In her work on “Lamas and Shamans,” Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz takes a broad aim at the role of non-European knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. In this commentary, I take up some lines of inquiry that structure her argument, discussing them in the broader contexts of research on global history and continuing attempts to assess the status of categories deriving from non-European intellectual traditions.

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Sergio Botta
Una lezione sciamanica per la storia delle religioni
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4756

Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz affronta la sfida della comparazione nel campo dello studio della religione invocando una “provincializzazione dell’Europa”. La sua indagine del contesto mongolo decentra lo sguardo occidentale sullo sciamanesimo e lo costringe a osservare inediti processi di contatto che hanno generato forme di classificazione delle “religioni degli altri”. In questa prospettiva, l’osservazione di questi processi di definizione offre una decisiva lezione di metodo per le discipline storico-religiose.

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Michael Bergunder
Global Religious History and Genealogical Critique
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4757

Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz presents an approach to religious studies that combines source interpretation with critical theoretical reflection. She questions European dominance in defining religion and argues for a globalised, multicentric method that includes European and non-European perspectives on an equal footing. However, her approach still faces the challenge of decentralising Europe as the primary conceptual reference in this field.

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Hubert Seiwert
Why Global History of Religion? A Response to Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4759

The contribution discusses Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz’s programme for a global history of religion. Her approach aims to challenge European hegemony over the analytical concept of ‘religion’ by incorporating non-European realms of experience into theories of religious studies. This provokes the question which epistemological interest is associated with this objective. Why should an academic discipline, whose theories and concepts are shaped by European discourses, integrate non-European perspectives? Several possible answers to this question are examined.

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Piotr Sobkowiak
Seeing Through One: Kollmar-Paulenz’s Contributions to the Mongolian and Global Study of Religion(s)
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4760

The paper discusses the works by Professor Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz on Mongolian shamanism and Buddhism, embedded within the concept of a global history of religion. Contextualised within the debate on the existence of emic terms for “religion” outside of European epistemological traditions, the paper examines the disputes that Kollmar-Paulenz’s approach has engendered among scholars engaged in post-structural paradigms and presents an argument for their theoretical reconsideration.

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Katja Triplett
Deviation from the System of “Nourishing Life”: Religious Innovation in Japan
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4761

In this response to Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz’s celebrated essay on non-European concepts in the global study of religion, I discuss the possibility for religious innovation in a socio-religious situation stabilised by objectified elite perspectives by reference to formative teachings and practices in Tenrikyō, a religion founded by Nakayama Miki in 1838. Nakayama Miki’s deviation from the knowledge system of “nourishing life” (yōjō), especially in regard to perinatal food taboos, analysed here on the basis of hagiographical accounts of the foundress, aimed to free humans from all food restrictions. By concentrating on the traditional Japanese “nourishing life” system and its food regulations as an identity marker of the “other”, proponents of freedom from them, as taught by the foundress, contributed in some way, paradoxically, to the stabilisation of the norms.

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Jens Schlieter
The Western Concept of Religion seen through Asian Alternatives: Remarks on the Epistemic Exercise of “Inversed Hermeneutics”
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4762
In this contribution, I discuss under the heading “inversed hermeneutics” a process wherein the conceptual, classificatory terms of a foreign knowledge system are used to interpret one’s own concepts and their underlying assumptions. A key function of “inversed hermeneutics” is to induce a deliberate alienation and thus momentarily placing the cognizing subject into a liminal state of “unfamiliarity.” This method should help to introduce and probe new ways of classifying things.
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Marion Wettstein, Michaela Wisler
Even When Historical Texts Are Not an Option: Extending Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz’s Approach to a Global History of Religion
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4763

Seeking to extend Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz’s (2024) methodology for overcoming Eurocentric perspectives in the global history of religion, this commentary evaluates the challenges and alternatives for historiography when textual sources for religious practices are absent. Drawing on research into artistic, visual, and oral practices in Mongolia and the Himalayan region, the authors propose a critical reassessment of the foundational notions of globality, history, and religion.

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Amy Heller
Abse : histoire d’une divinité protectrice tibétaine
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4765

En complément au défi posé par Nina Kollmar-Paulenz à la rhétorique dominante de la supériorité de l’historiographie européenne, cet essai apporte une perspective tibétaine sur l’historiographie religieuse. Présenté dans le contexte dual des traditions religieuses bouddhiste et Bon, cet essai propose la traduction et l’analyse d’une étude généalogique sur une divinité protectrice masculine, Abse, profondément enracinée dans les sources littéraires tibétaines.

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Ülo Valk
Religion and Folklore: Conceptual Comparisons and Current Developments
https://doi.org/10.26034/fr.argos.2024.4767

The article reflects on religion both as a concept and as a field of studies from a transcultural perspective, linking it to current developments in folkloristics. It sheds light on the methodology of vernacular religion, a concept introduced by Leonard N. Primiano in the 1990s, which gained momentum in the 21st century with attention shifting from the institutional and scriptural forms of religions to vernacular beliefs, narratives, and practices in daily life.

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