journal of cultural
Founded in 1989, kea
- journal of cultural sciences is aimed at students, professional academics,
and people beyond such boundaries whose interests are concerned with new
issues in social & cultural anthropology, religious studies, folklore
studies, gender studies, literary criticism, sociology, history etc. Kea
seeks to foster the interdisciplinary discourse within an anthropological
perspective. Kea encourages people to push the dialogue into uncharted
territory. Kea publishes studies that are empirically grounded,
theoretically sophisticated, contextually defined and reflexive. The editors
welcome contributions from various disciplinary, theoretical and geographical
perspectives and encourage wide-ranging articulations, both global and
local, among cultural, religious, historical, political and everyday discourses.
Kea is appearing once
to twice a year. Each kea issue appears under a distinct main topic.
Articles are mainly in German but also in English.
As the journals totem animal
the editors chose the kea (nestor notabilis), a crow-sized parrot
that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand. Keas are native
in the rigorous, unforgiving environment of the Southern Alps. Keas
are bold, curious and have a complex social system that includes extensive
play behavior. Like coyotes, crows, and humans, keas are ‘open-program’
animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to
whatever problems they encounter. The kea is considered by some
a playful comic, but its true character is a mystery that biologists have
debated for more than a century.
(for further informations
see Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond: Kea, Bird of Paradox. Berkeley, 1999)