Anil Bhatti, Dorothee Kimmich, Albrecht Koschorke, Rudolf Schlögl, Jürgen Wertheimer
July 11, 2011
This paper outlines a proposed project on the concept of »similarities«. While difference, alterity and identity have until recently dominated the theory and practice of cultural studies, the alternative, complementary tradition of thinking on similarities, and deriving a secular social practice based on this, has been insufficiently examined for its relevance in contemporary, complex societies. This project envisages an historical reexamination of the traditions of thinking about similarities in various fields relevant to cultural studies. The paper argues that increasing attention to the question of »similarities« is important for dealing with pluricultural situations and societies characterized by migration, multilingualism, and overlapping traditions which require a flexible conceptual approach and an openness to an asymmetric narrative of modernity.