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.
Cluster holds General Meeting
On Thursday evening, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held its General Meeting at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.
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.
Exhibition in Mannheim
The exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute - Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe", organised by Gerrit J. Schenk and Monica Juneja (project "Images of Disasters"), will be shown from September 7, 2014, to March 1, 2015 at Reiss-Engelhorn Museen Mannheim.
The Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) has published the Newsletter January - June 2014. The new issue features both the latest HCSA activities and news related to Heidelberg University in the first half of 2014.
The Cluster’s postdoctoral research fellow Roberta Tontini was invited by the Xibei Minzu University of Lanzhou and the Centre for the Study of North-Western Ethnic Minorities of Lanzhou University to deliver two lectures on “Discourse Analysis Applied to Classical Chinese Islamic Texts” and “Orthodox Islam and Some Second Thoughts on the Confucian-Islamic Dialogue” in Chinese on June 13, 2014.
An article about the exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute: Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe" has been published by the newspaper Mannheimer Morgen. The exhibition is a joint project of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", TU Darmstadt and the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim starting in September 2014.
Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies
The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) offers a structured PhD programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Cluster. The doctoral programme offers (a) an introduction to theories and methodologies of transcultural studies, (b) access to a well-equipped work environment supported by European and Asian institutions, (c) participation in the gathering of textual and nontextual source material, (d) support of PhD projects which are linked to the broad research fields pursued by the Cluster.
Research Area A: Governance & Administration
This Research Area deals with the cultural flows through which concepts, institutions and practices that have to do with governance and administration are transferred across cultures locally, regionally, or globally, and are reconfigured in a continuous but non-linear historical process.
Research Area B: Public Spheres
Central themes of Research Area B are public spheres - as media, events and spaces - that have been and are built by political and cultural flows between Asia and Europe. There are three research foci: a) aspects of mediality, visuality and textuality, b) aspects of public life, events and performance, and c) aspects of public space and urbanity.
Research Area C: Knowledge Systems
Research Area C focuses on the transfer between Asia and Europe of practices concerning, institutions for, ideas about, and perceptions of health and environment. Practice is the privileged point of access in this Research Area because the processes underlying both health and environment are juxtaposed here with the often pressing need to find a working solution.
Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage
This Research Area analyses different concepts of histories as competing interpretations of time and space. Instead of focusing on models of unified universal or world history, it puts the emphasis on the entanglement of multiple historicities with different cultural background through cultural flows in the way in which history, memory, and their trajectory are handled.
Heidelberg Research Architecture
The Cluster brings together a multicultural, multilingual scholarly community for purposes of research in an interdisciplinary field. Efficient collaboration among the researchers in the analysis of transcultural flows requires an IT infrastructure for data storage and exchange, communication and on-line team-work, and, importantly, for information retrieval and analysis.