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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Vol 2021 No 3 (2021), 135–151

Intercultural Methodology in Sinology: Transculturality, Textual Criticism and Discursive Translations

Jana S. Rošker

zveřejněno: 15. 02. 2022


For Western researchers, the understanding of Chinese culture is conditioned by differences in language, tradition, history and socialization. The interpretation of various aspects and elements of different cultures is always connected to the geographic, political and economic positions of the interpreter as well as the object of interpretation. In Western research on China, the non-reflected use of theoretical analyses that are in themselves results of specific (Western) historical processes and the related structure of societies, often proves to be a dangerous and misleading mechanism. A fundamental premise of the present paper is that Western epistemology represents only one of many different models of human comprehension of reality. On this basis, it questions traditional intercultural methodologies hitherto applied in Sinology and Chinese studies. The article presents the main methodological paradigms of a transculturally aware research that could improve the understanding of general principles underlying the particular research questions and objects under investigation.

klíčová slova: intercultural methodology; transcultural studies; China studies; Sinology; Orientalism

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