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Film Documentation “Pearl Harbor”

Takuma Melber, Research Fellow and lecturer in the MATS at the Cluster, was interviewed for in the documentaries “Pearl Harbor” and “Expedition Pearl Harbor” by German TV broadcaster ZDF. The two films will be shown on ZDF and ZDFinfo, on December 4 and December 11 respectively.

Fourth Heidelberg-Kyoto Graduate Student Workshop

An international graduate student workshop on global economic history between Heidelberg and Kyoto Universities will take place on December 2 at Karl Jaspers Centre. Entitled “Global Economy in Europe and Asia: Past and Present”, the event is organised by the Chair of Cultural Economic History, Prof. Harald Fuess.

New Book on War Crimes Trials in Asia

Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Independent Research Group Leader at the Cluster, edited the new book “War Crimes Trials in the Wake of Decolonization and Cold War in Asia, 1945-1956: Justice in Time of Turmoil”. It was published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2016. The volume features contributions by members of Junior Research Group “Transcultural Justice” and reflects in particular the results of an international symposium held in 2014 in Heidelberg.

Conference on Global Regionalism in Architecture

PD Dr. Michael Falser, coordinator of the Cluster’s research Project D18 “Picturesque Modernities” organizes the international conference “Picturesque Modernities: Architectural Regionalism as a Global Process (1890- 1950)” at the German Center for Art History in Paris. It will take place from November 30 to December 02, 2016 and is a collaboration with the German Center for Art History Paris, the University of Poitiers, and the University Paris-Sorbonne and the Association d’Histoire de l’Architecture.

Jour Fixe by Ivo Smits: Emblem as Episteme

The Cluster held its first Jour Fixe in the winter term on November 17, 2016, at 4 pm at Karl Jaspers Centre. Prof. Ivo Smits (Leiden) gave a talk on the topic “Emblem as Episteme: Decoding the European Image in Early Modern Japan”.

“The Cinema Travellers” Won Three Awards

"The Cinema Travellers", a documentary by the Cluster’s former short-term fellows Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, won two awards at the 2016  Mumbai Film Festival, after receiving Grand Jury Award at New Hampshire Film Festival. Earlier this year the film also won Special Jury Mention for L'Œil d'or at Cannes Film Festival.

Concluding Conference “Order Into Action”

The conference “Order into Action. How Large-Scale Concepts of World-Order Determine Practices in the Premodern World” took place from November 10-12, 2016 at the Library of Heidelberg University. It was organized by Cluster project A 27 “World Orders” and its goal was to analyze different concept of world orders and its possible effects on individuals or groups actions.

Internships at United Nations Office at Geneva

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) welcomes doctoral students to submit their applications for two internships funded by the Cluster of Excellence. The deadline for applications is November 21, 2016.


New site offering information on research published by the Cluster and its members.


Media Reports

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels.

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

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

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.

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Short News

  • On November 29, at 7 pm, Cluster member Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner will screen his film "Thrust Into Heaven" at the Karlstor cinema. It deals with the highly complex issue of alleged forced conversion and marriage of Hindu women in Pakistan. The film is the outcome of project MC 3.4. "Negotiating Religious Identities among Hindu Communities in Pakistan" and focuses on Sanjesh Dhanja, an activist whose NGO “Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust” promotes Pakistani-Hindus’ cultural identity and fights for their rights as equal citizens of the Islamic Republic.

  • On November 28, Prof. Barbara Mittler gave a talk on "Das Bild in meinem Auge. Die Genese des "chinesischen Traums" - China und Europa im langen 20. Jahrhundert". In this talk, Prof. Mittler discussed the question, why Europe has been the role model for China to such an extent that the Chinese even deny their own culture. Why does this continue even now when China has already surpassed Europe economically, socially and culturally? Her talk was part of the Studium Generale's public lecture series "Europa - Realität und Vision" and took place at the Aula of the New University at 7.30 pm.

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

    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

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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.