'Unpacking Europe is an exciting collection of scholarly essays and artists' projects which interrogate the historical and contemporary meanings of Europe. Examining the construction of "Europeanness", this volume focuses on the contradictions between homogenizing official narratives and everyday realities of urban life, where heterogeneity and hybridity have long been the living norms. The theme is timely, given the political climate in Europe, its shifting demographics, and the rising xenophobia and hardening of immigration policies.' - excerpt from back cover

Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Unpacking Europe', this volume is composed of two parts: Part one includes essays by scholars from around he world rethinking various philosophical, historical, and cultural facets of Europe. Part two focuses on the artists' projects and includes essays on each of the artists by art critics as well as images of artists' works.

Please note that only Asian artists are listed below. In Part 2, only articles related to these artists are listed.
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Part 1
Preface - Modern Europeans - Gilane TAWADROS
Introduction - Unpacking Europe - Salah M. HASSAN, Iftikhar DADI
Rethinking Europe Historically
Race, Class, and Gender in the Formation of the Aryan Model of Greek Origins - Martin BERNAL
Hegel and Haiti - Susan BUCK-MORSS
Foreigners, Germans, and German Foreigners: Constructions of National Identity in Early 20th Century Germany - Fatima EL-TAYEB
Eurocentricism and the Universal
Horror's Difference - Irit ROGOFF
Pretender to Universalism: Western Culture in a Globalizing Age - Ali A. MAZRUI
A Leftist Plea for 'Eurocentrism' - Slavoj ZIZEK
Whiteness, Imaginative Aporias and Possibilities
Re-imagining the Universal - Natalie MELAS
When Whiteness Feminizes ...: Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic - Rey CHOW
Provincializing and De-provincializing Europe
Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History - Dipesh CHAKRABARTY
Dislocation of the West and the Status of the Humanities - Naoki SAKAI, 酒井直樹
Infiltrating Europe: Outside the Borders of Postcolonial Cool - Rustom BHARUCHA
The Other Europe: Cultural Expressions
A Question of Place: Revisions, Reassessments, Diaspora - Okwui ENWEZOR
Against Between: A Manifesto - Leslie A. ADELSON
Transglobal Islamic Underground: Aki Nawaz, Natacha Atlas, Akhenaton - Ted SWEDENBURG
The Other Europe: Voyeuristically
Undressing Europa: Voyeuristically Through the Dark Corridor - Apinan POSHYANANDA, อภินันท์ โปษยานนท์
Belief in Europe - Jimmy DURHAM
Europe and Its Others - Fredric JAMESON
Part 2
Heri Dono: Colonialism and the Remaining Splinters - Martinus Dwi Marianto
Ni Haifeng: Laws of Inscription - Sebastian LOPEZ
Ken Lum: Some on Lum - Cornelia LAUF
Nalini Malani: Transgression - Johan PIJNAPPEL
Vivan Sundaram: Against the Grain - Deepak ANANTH
Nasrin Tabatabai: Leaving Room - Bartomeu MARI
Beate Terfloth: Project for Unpacking Europe - Beate TERFLOTH
Shi Yong: The Prescribed Image of Difference - Martina KOEPPEL-YANG, 楊天娜
Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading
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