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Jour Fixe: Cultural and Political History of Mirages

The Cluster will hold its second Jour Fixe in the summer term on June 30, 2016, at 4 pm at Karl Jaspers Centre. Prof. Christopher Pinney (UCL) will give a talk on the topic “The Waterless Sea: A Cultural and Political History of Mirages”. An introduction will be given by Prof. Christiane Brosius and Sheba Chhachhi (Delhi) will be the discussant.

Programme for Annual Conference online

The programme for the 7th Annual Conference at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” is now online on the Cluster’s website. David Freedberg (London) and Sinan Antoon (New York) will give the keynote speeches and twelve panels as well as two round table discussions will address topics related to the conference’s theme "Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture".

Conference "Law, Empire and Global Intellectual History"

The conference "Law, Empire and Global Intellectual History" was organized by Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Independent Research Group Leader of Project A16 “Transcultural Justice” and Milinda Banerjee from Presidency University Kolkata. It took place at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg from June 19-21 and opened with a keynote by Andrew Sartori (New York).

Workshop "Treaty Ports in East Asia, 1850-1910"

The workshop "Treaty Ports in East Asia, 1850-1910" was organized by the Chair of Cultural Economic History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and headed by Prof. Harald Fuess. It took place at the Karl-Jaspers-Center from June 17-18 and focused on treaty ports in East Asia in a time when they were a unique phenomenon of the modern imperialist world system.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Bert Fragner

Prof. Bert Fragner, Research Director at Austrian Academy of Sciences, gave a guest lecture with the title "Persophonia - Transcultural Trends, Multilingualism and Changing Identities in the History of Asia". It took place on Friday, June 17 in the context of the colloquium “Between Asia and Europe. Islamic(ate) Spheres”.

Call for Papers: Next-Generation Global Workshop in Kyoto

Under the heading “Transcultural Dynamics of Asia and Europe: Mobility, Negotiation and Transformation”, the 9th Next-Generation Global Workshop now welcomes applications. Selected participants will attend the two-day workshop co-organised by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and Kyoto University on September 26-27. The workshop will open with a keynote speech by Prof. Monica Juneja.

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Media Reports

Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.

Unispiegel reported about several activities by Cluster members.

Brand eins portrayed Axel Michaels.

Bild der Wissenschaft cited Joseph Maran.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.

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Short News

  • Prof. Barbara Mittler declined an offer for the position of Director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. Prof. Mittler will remain in Heidelberg, where she is Director of the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies/Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" as well as a Professor for Chinese Studies.

  • M.A. Transcultural Studies (MATS) welcomes applications from perspective international students. The application deadline for non-German applicants is June 15, 2016. The MATS, annually starting in October, is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences with a transregional focus. Since the M.A. Transcultural Studies was started by the Cluster in 2011, it has attracted growing interest from around the world.

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

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    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.  

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  • Research Area A: Governance & Administration

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    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.  

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  • Research Area B: Public Spheres

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage

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    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. 

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  • Heidelberg Research Architecture

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    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.