With Confluences, bestseller author Ilija Trojanow and the Indian poet and cultural critic Ranjit Hoskote have written a radical polemic against new enemy stereotypes, aiming to answer Samuel Huntington’s old thesis of “Clash of Cultures” but the topic is more contemporary than ever. Differentiation through the definition of one’s own cultural identity is unfortunately booming again. Correspondingly, new enemy stereotypes are created around the world and conflicts stoked. The authors unmask the irrationality of this position and correct the intellectual prophets of a cultural world war. They demonstrate that the coalescence of cultures makes cultural identity and civilization possible in the first place. An emboldening appeal to reason.
Already a classic of the intercultural debate, this book has inspired and influenced different artists and authors such as Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Homi Bhabha, Nuruddin Farah, Pankaj Mishra, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Peter Weibel.