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University of Bruxelles awards Kerstin von Lingen

Dr. Kerstin von Lingen was awarded the 2016 edition of the International Chair of the History of the Second World War, an annual lecture prize by the Free University Bruxelles. During March, the head of junior research group "Transcultural Justice" will be visiting fellow in Bruxelles, Belgium. 

Symposium in Honour of Monica Juneja

The symposium "The Pleasure of Challenging Representation – Writing Global (Art) History" was held on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe". The research symposium took place on February 10 and was followed by a celebratory evening.

Swetlana Torno elected to Doctoral Student Convention

Swetlana Torno, PhD student of Junior Research Group "Demographic Turn", has been elected member of the executive committee of the Doctoral Student Convention. She will represent the interests of doctoral students in the social sciences in Heidelberg for the term of one year.

Humboldt Foundation awards Sumathi Ramaswamy

Prof. Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) receives the prestigious Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation. With the prize money of 250,000€ she will pursue research at her host institution Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) over the course of five years. Ramaswamy is member of the Cluster’s advisory board and was involved in several research projects. She has been invited by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius.

Graduate Programme welcomes Applications

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” welcomes applications for up to four doctoral scholarships. Applicants should submit their papers until March 15, 2016.

Website and Project Launch "Elderscapes"

The transmedia project "Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia" was launched and presented on January 27 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. The project has been directed and developed by Annika Mayer and Roberta Mandoki, both members of project B19, and filmmaker Jakob Gross for the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology, Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius.

Media Reports

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the transmedia project "Elderscapes".

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS).

Swiss Radio and Television interviewed Barbara Mittler.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung portrayed Monica Juneja and her research achievements.

Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen reported about Melanie Trede and Eric Decker's project "Hachiman Digital Handscrolls".

Canadian newspaper 'The Globe and Mail' published a comment by Steven Ivings.

Chilean journal 'Porvenir' interviewed Daniel Münster.

Several media including Unispiegel reported about Axel Michaels receiving the Lautenschläger Research Prize.

Short News

Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute (SAI), supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs a donation campaign "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims. A newsletter reports about their activities.


  • 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.