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Staged Public

Summer School ends with “World Café”

The Summer School “Politics of Near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses” ended with a “World Café”. From 27 to 31 July, about 20 young scholars from all over the globe explored historical and contemporary ways of making sense of the future.

Keynote Lecture by Akhil Gupta

The public keynote lecture of this year’s Summer School was given by Prof. Akhil Gupta from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on the topic “The Future in Ruins: Thoughts on the Temporality of Infrastructure”. It took place on Monday, July 28, from 5 to 7 pm at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Summer School begins

The Summer School “Politics of Near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses” takes place from July 27 to 31. It will study transcultural ideas of human and non-human near futures. This year, the Summer School is organised by the Junior Research Group Leaders Dr. Daniel Münster, Dr. Katja Rakow, Dr. Sophie Roche, and Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

New Start-Up Professors for Transcultural Studies

Prof. Christian Förster and Prof. Daniel König are the new Start-Up Professors at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. Daniel König has started as Professor for Transcultural Studies with a humanities focus in April. Since July, Christian Förster joined him as Professor for Transcultural Studies with a focus on the social sciences.

Report on Research Trip to Japan

Ann-Sophie Schoepfel, a doctoral student (Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies), has spent three months at the Kyoto University in Japan. The research trip provided her the chance to improve her language skills, cultural understanding, and academic development.

Opening of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), a new Institute for Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University, was inaugurated on April 28, 2014. The ceremony took place in the main auditorium Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. Philosopher Prof. Avishai Margalit (Princeton) gave the keynote speech. 

Ausstellung in Mannheim

Die Ausstellung "Von Atlantis bis heute - Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe", organisiert von Gerrit J. Schenk und Monica Juneja (Projekt "Images of Disasters"), wird von 7. September 2014 bis 1. März 2015 in den Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim gezeigt.