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Interactive Platform "Patis of Patan" launched

HCTS Professor Christiane Brosius co-launched the interactive platform “Patis of Patan” with members of Kathmandu University, the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust and the Akademie der Wissenschaften. It aims at looking at urban transformation and everyday dynamics of a unique form of public life in Asia - the pati, or phalcā (Newari) in the Kathmandu Valley.

Programme for Transcultural Student Conference online

The programme for the first Transcultural Student Conference “The Theory and Practice of Transculturation”, taking place on April 27, is now online. The call for papers for the conference received positive feedback and many applications from national and international master's and PhD students.

Publication of Dissertation by Kuniyuki Terada

Dr. Kuniyuki Terada, Associate Member at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", recently published his dissertation Actors of International Cooperation in Prewar Japan. The Discourse on International Migration and the League of Nations Association of Japan with Nomos. It is the fourth volume of the series "Japan in Ostasien | Japan in East Asia".

New Call for Applications: Transcultural Forays

The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is calling once again for applications for its “Transcultural Forays” programme. Scholars at all stages of their career are encouraged to apply for Activity Grants, Publication Grants and Start Up Grants before April 13, 2018.

Christiane Brosius convenes Workshop in Bielefeld

On February 6 and 7, Prof. Christiane Brosius, HCTS Professor for Visual and Media Anthropology, convened the workshop “Shaping Asia/s. Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborrations” with Prof. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka. The workshop was organized by and took place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University.

CfA: Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies

The Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies, which has recently been established between the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, welcomes applications for up to five doctoral fellowships.

Cluster held General Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, February 8, the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies held its second General Meeting in the winter semester 2017/2018. The meeting took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.

Kyoto-Heidelberg Student Workshop 2018

The Kyoto-Heidelberg student workshop is conducted annually as a component of the partnership between both universities. This year’s workshop took place on Friday, February 9, at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It addressed the topic "Peace and Conflict in Asia and Europe" to enhance an academic debate on the creation of peace.


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


Latest Newsletter Issue

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  • On March 22, Dr .Takuma Melber will participate in the “International Conference on Colonial Mobilization in Africa and Asia during the Second World War: Soldiers, Labourers and Women”. The conference will take place at Kyoto University and focus on the policies and practices of the empires in the mobilization and deployment of their colonial subjects. Within a session on mobility, Melber will give a talk on “The Japanese conquest of Malaya and the establishment of the Indian National Army.”

  • Prof. Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History at the HCTS and Co-Director of the Cluster, was appointed as Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Historical Institute London. As a member of the board, she will be associated with the planning and further development of the India Research Program of the Max Weber Foundation. The German Historical Institute is an academically independent institution and part of the Max Weber Foundation. It promotes research on medieval and modern history.

Media Reports

SWR2 features Joseph Maran in radio report.

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

SWR1 broadcast an interview with Prof. Joachim Quack (at 7:20).

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

more media reports

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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    Read more about the Current Graduates and their Projects ...

  • 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.  

    All projects in Research Area A




  • 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.

    All projects in Research Area B ...




  • 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.

    All projects in Research Area C ...




  • 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. 

    All projects in Research Area D



  • 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.