Conference on Transcultural Framing(s)
"Transcultural Framing(s): Materials and Metaphors" is the title of a conference organised by the interdisciplinary research group MC4 "Frames". It takes place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from October 31 to November 2, 2014.
International Symposium on “Rethinking Justice”
Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Leader of Junior Research Group “Transcultural Justice” at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, organised an international symposium on “Rethinking Justice? Decolonization, Cold War, and Asian War Crimes Trials after 1945”. The event took place from October 26 to 29 at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH).
Workshop on Evangelicalism and Charismatic Christianity
The interdisciplinary workshop “Studying Contemporary Evangelicalism and Charismatic Christianity: Themes, Theories and Methods” will take place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from November 7 to 9, 2014. The event is organised by Junior Research Group B21 "Pentecostalism" in cooperation with the German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW).
Muraqqa Project by Sumathi Ramaswamy
"Going Global in Mughal India" is the title of a digital muraqqa (album) project by Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy, member of the Cluster's Advisory Board. The project documents cartographic practices in the Indian subcontinent, using the tools of digital humanities to explore the possibilities of online scholarship and curatorial work.
Student Lectureships at the University of Chicago
Advanced graduate students from the Cluster/HCTS can submit their applications for the Heidelberg Prize Lectureships. The two student lectureships are awarded by the University of Chicago in cooperation with the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedrich Quack gave a talk on the vision of the future in the Late Period of Ancient Egypt. The event took place on November 28 at the Cluster of Excellence "Religions and Politics" in Münster, which also provides a review of the talk on its website.
Andreas Eichleter, new doctoral candidate of Prof. Harald Fuess (Cultural Economic History) has been awarded a fellowship for a one-year research stay at the Faculty of Law of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. In addition, he participates in the double degree programme of Tohoku University and Heidelberg University, which was initiated and is organised by Prof. Fuess. Another PhD candidate, who participated in the double-degree programme in 2013/14 is Tim Graf, who specializes in "Crisis and Disaster Response in Contemporary Japanese Temple Buddhism".
The awards-winning filmmakers Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, who worked as researchers at the Cluster, have produced a new documentary film. In the film "Black Roses and Red Dresses", three Indian acid-attack survivors confront the violence committed against them by writing letters to their attackers. Watch the new film "Black Roses and Red Dresses" on YouTube or the Al Jazeera website.
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.