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Andrea Bréard (University Lille 1: Science and Technology/Heidelberg)

Andrea Bréard holds Ph.D.'s in Philosophy from the Technical University Berlin and in Epistemology from the Université Denis Diderot Paris 7.  During the last years, she has focused on the political, cultural and social context of the transmission of statistical knowledge and institutions into China at the turn of the 20th century and the entanglement of scientific quantification with political life during the era of constitutional reform. In October 2008, she obtained her Habilitation in History of Science at the Technische Universität Berlin.  She is currently working at the Excellence Cluster on practices of argumentation by numbers and standards of mathematical validity in late Imperial Chinese discourse.

Fletcher DuBois (Chicago/Heidelberg)

Professor Dr. Fletcher DuBois, Emeritus National Louis University, Chicago, is guest researcher at the Medical Psychology Department of Heidelberg University. He was a founding member of SFB 619 Ritual Dynamics. His songs can be found on youtube and other websites.

Martin Dusinberre (Newcastle University/Heidelberg)

Martin Dusinberre is a lecturer of Modern Japanese History at Newcastle University and is currently working at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" in Heidelberg as a research fellow through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is interested in the social and cultural history of Japan from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth centuries, particularly the ways in which the lives of 'ordinary people' force historians to rethink a number of crucial issues in modern Japanese history, including the significance of rural decline in the twentieth century, the local impact of the nuclear power industry, and the impact of the Japanese diaspora on homeland life. Other research interests include discourses of furusato ('hometown') in modern Japan, memory-construction in the 1990s and 2000s, and Japan's changing relationship with the Asia-Pacific world in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries

Fan Fa-ti (State University of New York at Binghamton)

Fan Fa-ti's research centers on the history of science, modern East Asia, nationalism, and imperialism. He is particularly interested in the issues of cultural encounter, knowledge translation, representations of nature, and inter/transnational cultural relations. He is the author of British Naturalists in Late Qing China (2004) and is currently working on two projects: one on the intersections of nature, nation, and international politics in Republican China and the other on science and mass politics in Communist China.

Frank Grüner (Heidelberg)

Frank Grüner is currently working at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" in Heidelberg as a postdoctoral research fellow and coordinator of the Project MC 11.2 "Melancholy." Previously, he was engaged in the Cluster as a Junior Research Group Leader (B10 Harbin) and was otherwise employed at the University of Heidelberg as an Assistant Professor of European History from 2005 to 2008. His research interests include Russian & Soviet History and Culture, History of Jews, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union, and Transnational History.

Stephan Günzel (Berlin Technical University of Arts)

Stephan Günzel is Professor for Media Studies at the Berlin Technical University of Arts. His fields of research cover cultural studies as well as image studies, and theories of space. His publications focus on the debate about a spatial turn und cultural studies, and on spatial aspects of media like maps and computer games. He has edited several anthologies and handbooks on space theories and published monographs on Friedrich Nietzsche, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Gilles Deleuze.

Eric Hayot (Pennsylvania State University)

Eric Hayot is a professor in the department of Comparative Literature at Penn State. His research initially focused on the ways in which China has affected the intellectual, literary, and cultural history of the West. His first book, Chinese Dreams (2004), centered on the politics of translation and theatrical representation; the second, The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (2009) tied the invention of the universal subject of a globalizing modernity to a series of legal, literary, sociological, medical, and photographic relations to Chinese suffering. His latest monograph, On Literary Worlds (2012) retheorizes the literary history of the past four hundred years by developing new ways of thinking about literary worldedness and its historical function. His newest book project is on academic writing.

Christian Jacob (EHESS/CNRS, Paris)

Christian Jacob is Directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Directeur de recherche at the Centre national de recherches scientifiques, UMR 8210 "Anthropology and History of the Ancient Worlds." His research interests include the history and epistemology of geography and cartography in the Greco-Roman world, the history of libraries and reading, the history of learned practices and their transmission, and the historical and comparative anthropology of knowledge. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, among them Géographie et ethnographie en Grèce ancienne (1990) and L’Empire des Cartes. Approche théorique des cartes à travers l’histoire (1992; Engl. translation The Sovereign Map, 2006). He has initiated the project Lieux de savoir (Places of Knowledge) that unfolds a new scholarly field: a comparative history and an anthropology of learned practices and traditions in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. He maintains a lively eponymous blog discussing the preparation, edition and reception of the books emerging from this project (two of which have already appeared in 2007 and 2011).

Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg)

Joachim Kurtz joined the Cluster “Asia and Europe” as Professor of Intellectual History in 2009. His research focuses on cultural and intellectual exchanges between China, Japan and Europe, with special emphasis on practices of argumentation, logic, political theory, rhetoric, translation studies, and historical semantics. He is a co-editor, with Iwo Amelung and Michael Lackner, of New Terms for New Ideas: Western Knowledge and Lexical Change in Late Qing China (2001) and author of The Discovery of Chinese Logic (2011).

Henrique Leitão (University of Lisbon)

Henrique Leitão is a researcher at the University of Lisbon's at the Center for the History of Science, where he teaches the History and Philosophy of Science. His research interests include the history of applied sciences (mathematics, astronomy, physics) from the 15th to the 17th centuries. He has authored and edited an extensive number of books and articles on related topics. His latest book was the translation of Galileo's «Sidereus Nuncius» to Portuguese, published in 2010. He is also involved in various research projects and has acted as curator for several exhibitions related to the history of science.

Rui Magone (Heidelberg)

Rui Magone, a graduate of Freie Universität Berlin, wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the late imperial Chinese civil service examination system ("Once every three years: People and papers at the metropolitan examination of 1685"). He worked as an Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Emory University, and as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and at the Center for the History of Science at the University of Lisbon. In the cluster, he is primarily involved in the sub-project "Paratexts in Late Imperial Chinese Book Culture", which is part of MC 4 "Frames and Framings in Transcultural Interactions". His research is mainly focused on the epistemic culture of late imperial China, in particular civil service examinations and Sino-Portuguese relations.

Dhruv Raina (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)

Dhruv Raina is Professor of History of Science and Education at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research has focused upon the politics and cultures of scientific knowledge in South Asia. He has co-edited Situating the History of Science: Dialogues with Joseph Needham (1999) and Social History of Sciences in Colonial India (2007). Images and Contexts: the Historiography of Science and Modernity (2003) was a collection of papers contextualizing science and its modernity in India. S. Irfan Habib and he co-authored Domesticating Modern Science (2004) which again addressed the encounter between modern science and the so called 'traditional sciences' in colonial India. He has published papers on related subjects in journals of the history and philosophy of science, social studies of science and social and political history. Over the last couple of years he has been working on cultures of history and science policy in postcolonial South Asia, in addition to a decade long preoccupation with the historiography of Indian mathematics.