New Book on Post-Earthquake Nepal
"Breaking Views. Engaging Art in Post-Earthquake Nepal" is co-edited by Prof. Christiane Brosius and Sanjeev Maharjan. The volume presents photographs, interviews and essays of artists and scholars, which reflect the time after the earthquake in Nepal. It was presented at Kathmandu Triennale on 26 March 2017.
Students Visual Essays on Cultures of Photography
As a result of the seminar “Cultures of Photography. (Post)colonial Archives and Photography in Africa and South Asia”, visual essays by students of the M.A. Transcultural Studies at the Cluster"Asia and Europe" and of the University of Duisburg-Essen were published online. The seminar was a cooperation between Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky and Kerstin Meincke.
DAAD-JSPS Funding for Harald Fuess
Prof. Harald Fuess received funding by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for his project “Entangled Pasts in a Global Present: Gender, Labor and Citizenship”. Together with Prof. Yoko Nagahara from Kyoto University, he will organize three workshops for researchers and young scholars from both universities.
French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire
Pascal Firges, Associate Member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", published a new book on French revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire. The book investigates the emergence and development of French revolutionary political culture and its global impacts. It is based on Firges' dissertation project, which was supervised by Cluster member Prof. Thomas Maissen.
New Book on Renegades in Ottoman Elite Society
Tobias P. Graf, Associate Member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", published a new book on Christian-Europeans who converted to Islam in between 1575 and 1610. The volume places renegades in the context of Ottoman elite society and studies contacts between them and Christian Europeans. The volume is a result of Graf’s dissertation project, which was supervised by Cluster member Prof. Thomas Maissen.
Cluster Researchers in Canberra, Australia
On February 20-21, historians from Germany, Australia and India met at the Australian National University to discuss the role and experience of Indians in the vast region east of India during the Second World War and its aftermath. Representatives of the Cluster “Asia and Europe” were Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Milinda Banerjee, Takuma Melber and Lisette Schouten
Publications for Free Download
Seven volumes in the Springer book series are now free for download from the Cluster’s website. The books are results of the research projects conducted at the Cluster. In addition, one publication hosted by heiUP is also among the accessible works.
Laying of the Foundation Stone for CATS
On Friday, February 17, the foundation stone for the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) was laid in a festive setting at the construction site. Guests of honour from the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, together with representatives from Heidelberg University and construction management acknowledged CATS as a milestone for the Asian Studies in Heidelberg.
New site offering information on research published by the Cluster and its members.
Latest Newsletter Issue
Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.
SWR1 broadcasted an interview with Prof. Joachim Quack (at 7:20).
Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.
WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.
Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.
Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
Sijia Chen, Graduate Student at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, received a 6-month residential scholarship to join the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, from September 1, 2017 until February 28, 2018. Sijia Chen is a Doctoral student at the Clusters Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) and her project title is “A Cultural History of Animal Waste in Late Imperial China”. The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) is a structured doctoral programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Cluster.
Prof. Harald Fuess established a Joint PhD training program in Asian and Transcultural Studies with the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, which is the foremost research center of East and South Asian Studies in Italy. The binational graduate program contains an emphasis on the history and culture of the Mediterranean region. Up to eight doctoral students per year will be able to obtain a double degree from the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and from the Faculty of Asian and African Studies at Venice University. The first cohort of jointly trained students will begin their studies in the Winter Semester 2017-18.
Donations for Nepal
The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.
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.