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helden. heroes. héros. E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen

ISSN 2198-4662

helden. heroes. héros. E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen

Executive Editors: Ulrich Bröckling, Barbara Korte, Ulrike Zimmermann

Heroes and heroines are exceptional because they achieve the extraordinary, transgress the bounds of what is normal, and follow their own rules. They are simultaneously problematic figures that stand for an inclination towards violence and sacrifice, and break the rules of the social. They serve the communities of their admirers as idealized projections and offer models for coping with unfeasible norm systems. Processes of heroization provide insight on collective self-interpretations and value spectrums. What figures are heroized and what forms their veneration take on indicate, not least of all, the demands which a society requires of its members. Currently, diagnoses of a “post-heroic age” are competing with a new trend of the heroic in which persisting traditions stand opposite reinterpretations through popular cultural, appellative invocations opposite skepticism and tabooing.

From a cross-cultural and comparative perspective, the e-journal helden. heroes. héros will address the tense relation between the exceptionality of heroic figures and the social orders which they both help to stabilize as well as question. The e-journal is published by the Collaborative Research Centre 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms”, a project funded by the German Research Foundation at the University of Freiburg. Two issues will appear each year as an Open Access publication.

Manuscript submissions for the e-journal helden. heroes. héros. are welcomed. Selection occurs by means of the peer review process common for academic publications.

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