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The conference will take place from October 10-12 at the Karl Jaspers Center (KJC), University of Heidelberg, and is being organized by Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage".

The first keynote by Neil MacGregor (London) is held on October 10th, in the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. The second keynote by Ian Hodder (Stanford) is held on October 11th, in Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212.

The conference will consist of two segments, the first comprising plenary panels in the morning devoted to broader themes around the subject of the conference, while the afternoon segment will feature a number of smaller, parallel panels designed to present the best results of the wide-ranging research carried out during the past years by scholars in the congenial cross-regional and transdisciplinary setting of the Cluster. The conference will be a platform to discuss these results and engage in a lively debate together with a selected number of invited guests.

The concluding session on October 12th, will feature a plenary round-table with the intent to sum up from different disciplinary positions the main insights and critical questions thrown up by the deliberations.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

17:00-18:00 Registration Alte Aula    
18:00-18:15 Welcome: Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Acting Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" Alte Aula    
18:15-18:30 Things that Connect - Introducing this year´s Conference of the Cluster: Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Speaker Research Area D Alte Aula    
18:30-20:00 Keynote I: Trajectories of meaning: the shifting power of things. Speaker: Neil MacGregor, Chair: Monica Juneja Alte Aula    
20:00-22:00 Reception Bel Etage    

Thursday, October 11, 2012

08:30-09:00 Registration & Coffee KJC
09:00-10:30 Panel I: The Obstinacy of Things. Chair: Philipp W. Stockhammer, Discussant: Ian Hodder, Speakers: Hans P. Hahn, Philipp W. Stockhammer, Diamantis Panagiotopoulos KJC, Room 212
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break KJC
11:00-12:30 Panel II: Multiple Materialities: Local, National, Global. Chair: Melanie Trede, Discussant: Monica Juneja, Speakers: Melanie Trede, Hans Thomsen, Terry Milhaupt, Christine Guth KJC, Room 212
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break KJC
14:00-15:30 Panel A (Session I): Soy, Gold and Opium: Cultural dimensions of global commodities. Chair: Roland Wenzlhuemer, Speakers: Ines Prodöhl, Bernd-Stefan Grewe, Frank Grüner KJC, Room 112
14:00-15:30 Panel B (Session I): On the use and re-use of manuscripts: materiality, textual practice and changing values Chair: Markus Hilgert, Speakers: Martin Delhey, Vito Lorusso, Birgit Kellner KJC, Room 002
14:00-15:30 Panel C (Session I): A Eurasian Story about Public Justice Told by a Drum or a Bell. Chair: Thomas Maissen, Speakers: Monica Juneja, Antje Flüchter, Rudolf G. Wagner KJC, Room 212
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break KJC
16:00-17:30 Panel A (Session II): How Material is the Immaterial? Sacred ´Things´ Transferred. Chair: Udo Simon, Speakers: Peter J. Bräunlein, Udo Simon, Astrid Zotter KJC, Room 112
16:00-17:30 Panel B (Session II): Unvalued transculturality. The hidden pathways of paper from Orient to Occident in premodern times. Chair: Antje Flüchter, Discussant: Michael Friedrich, Speakers: Agnieszka Helman-Wazny, Rebecca Sauer, Carla Meyer KJC, Room 212
16:00-17:30 Panel C (Session II): How do we connect with things? Concepts of materiality in modern and contemporary artistic practices across Asia, Africa and Europe. Chair & Discussant: Gerald Schröder, Speakers: Birgit Hopfener, Franziska Koch KJC, Room 002
17:30-18:30 Free Time  
18:30-20:00 Keynote II: From Materiality to Entanglement. Speaker: Ian Hodder, Chair: Diamantis Panagiotopoulos KJC, Room 212
20:00-20:15 Introduction to the Poster Presentation by Kerstin von Lingen. Young researchers from the Cluster’s graduate programme and the Cluster’s Digital Humanities division (HRA) together with young researchers of the SFB Material Text Cultures present their projects to the interested academia KJC, Room 212
20:15-21:00 Poster Presentation & Small Reception KJC

Friday, October 12, 2012

08:30-09:00 Coffee KJC
09:00-10:30 Panel III: Material Text Cultures on the Move. Chair: Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, Speakers: Julia Lougovaya-Ast, Hanna Liss, Ludger Lieb KJC, Room 212
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break KJC
11:00-12:30 Panel IV: Materializing Messages: Metamorphoses and Placement of Texts in Early China. Chair: Enno Giele, Discussant: Olivier Venture, Speakers: Paul Nicholas Vogt, Guo Jue, Enno Giele KJC, Room 212
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break KJC
14:00-15:30 Panel A (Session III): "Votive stupas for the (post-)colonial nation state" - Inquiries into the performative practices of cultural heritage. Chair: Christiane Brosius, Speakers: Marieke Bloembergen, Michael Falser KJC, Room 002
14:00-15:30 Panel B (Session III): Things that connect, divide and transform: The materiality and performance of religious conversion in the early modern period. Chair: Antje Flüchter, Speakers: Gauri Parasher, Tobias Graf, Manja Quakatz KJC, Room 112
14:00-15:30 Panel C (Session III): Between uniformity and individual needs. Sacral architecture and imagery in religions from "the East" and the process of its adaption in different regional contexts. Chair & Discussant: Christian Witschel, Speakers: Darius Frackowiak, Matthias Aulenbacher, Robert Langer KJC, Room 212
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break KJC
16:00-17:15 Concluding Roundtable, Discussants: Joseph Maran, Sarah Fraser, Aloka Parasher-Sen and Markus Hilgert, Chair: Birgit Kellner KJC, Room 212
17:30-18:45 Material Encounters: Musical practice between Asia and Europe - A Lecture-Concert Chair: Barbara Mittler, Duo Seidenstrasse: Zhao Chanyuan (Zheng & Vocals), Benjamin Leuschner (Marimbaphone & Percussion) KJC, Room 212
18:45-19:00 Vote of thanks KJC, Room 212

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Keynote I

October 10, 2012

18.30-20.00 "Trajectories of meaning: the shifting power of things." by Neil MacGregor (London), Alte Aula, Heidelberg University

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Keynote II

October 11, 2012

18.30-20.00 "From Materiality to Entanglement" by Ian Hodder (Stanford), Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212

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