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The Annual Conference 2015 is about to begin

The seventh Annual Conference of the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”/HCTS will begin on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Scholars from various disciplines and from across the globe will discuss the topic “Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out”. It is organized by Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

Keynote Lecture by Prof. George Marcus

Prof. George Marcus (University of California, Irvine) will open this year’s Annual Conference on Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 pm in the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. He will give the keynote lecture entitled “‘Scale’ As a Problem of Contemporary Ethnographic Practice”. The talk will be accompanied by "musical scales" from a Taiwanese ensemble, 3peoplemusic.

Music from Greater China

"Music from Greater China - Past and Present" is the theme of an event series with the ensemble 3peoplemusic taking place in Heidelberg from October 4 to 7. The Taiwanese musicians will give a concert at the Ethnological Museum and frame a tea ceremony at the Institute of Sinology as well as the opening of the Annual Conference at the Alte Aula. The events are organised by Prof. Barbara Mittler and presented within the Taiwan Spotlight program.

HERA-SINGLE Workshop in Delhi

The workshop “Solo-cities: Representations of the ‘Single’ in Urban Spaces” will take place in New Delhi from October 6-8. The workshop is part of the HERA project 'SINGLE', coordinated by HCTS Professor Christiane Brosius, and organised in conjunction with the Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut New Delhi.

Conference on Documents in Pre-Modern South Asia

"Studying Documents in Pre-modern South Asia and Beyond: Problems and Perspectives" was the title of a conference organised by Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe". It took place from October 4 - 6 at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Toshi Book Prize for Lothar Ledderose

Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose and Hua Sun receive the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Prize for their edited volume "Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 1". The Toshi Prize is annually awarded to an outstanding book in the area of Buddhist Studies and administered by the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Media Reports

Nepali Times reported about new publication by Prof. Axel Michaels.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the Early Modern Period Conference.

Unispiegel interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels and reported about Prof. Christian Förster, Prof. Marcus Nüsser and Dr. Ravi Baghel.

Abi-magazine portrayed MA Transcultural Studies student N. Kuhr.

n-tv and Der Standard reported about project MC9.1 "Himalayan Glaciers".

Spektrum der Wissenschaft reported about the SAI help Nepal campaign.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius on artists in Nepal.

In the context of the earthquakes in Nepal, a number of Cluster members were in the media: ARD ­–SWRSWR2SPIEGEL ONLINEFAZDfunk 

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Short News

  • Dr. Sophie Roche has published an article online at "Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World". Under the title "Malthus and the #EXPO2015", she analyses the EXPO Milano 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” by linking it to the ideas of Thomas Malthus, an economic demographer of the 18th century, who has published a famous text titled "An Essay on the Principle of Populations" in 1798. Malthus saw a direct relationship between population growth and food supply, and identified the imbalance between these two factors as the main source of poverty. In the article, Roche explores the Malthus theorem in context of the EXPO’s subject.

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

    Citizen Plaza Tokyo

    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

    Japanese musicians playing European instruments

    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

    Great Wall in China

    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

    Lady drawing a database sketch

    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.