The Encyclopedia Database is a free and open-access fulltext database containing encyclopedic works of the 19th and 20th centuries from different places in many languages.
The purpose of the Encyclopedia Database is to “reveal the hidden grammars of transculturality”. We define encyclopedic writings as works that strive to present a comprehensive account of knowledge. Yet every piece of work is shaped by “hidden grammars”, which means the larger historical background of time and place, the circumstances of writing and publication, as well as people and ideas involved in the creation of a particular piece of work. By unfolding these layers in a clear structure, we want to draw a map of knowledge in space and time, and to trace back the cultural appropriation of key terms and concepts as they unfold their history in encyclopedic writings.
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Coordination: Barbara Mittler, Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Joachim Kurtz, Kaja Müller-Wang, Jens Østergaard Petersen