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Lecture on Masculinity in India

On July 1, Prof. Sanjay Srivastava (JNU, New Delhi) gave a lecture on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's representation of masculinity. Prof. Susan Brownell (University of Missouri-St. Louis) chaired the subsequent discussion. The lecture took place at 6 pm at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It was organised by Research Area B "Public Spheres" and the HERA Single project.

Jour Fixe on Japanese Culinary Culture

Shifts in Japanese culinary culture towards the usage of beef are the topic of an upcoming Jour Fixe with speaker Prof. Daniel Botsman (Yale). His talk is titled "From 'Sacred Cow' to 'Kobe beef' - A Bovine Perspective on Japan’s Modern Revolution". The event is chaired by Prof. Harald Fuess and takes place on July 2.

Nepal Day at the South Asia Institute

A "Nepal Day" in support of the country after earthquake in April is organised by the South Asia Institute (SAI) on July 3 from 2 pm. The programme includes talks by members of the Cluster/HCTS as well as films and stands on Nepal-related topics. The proceeds from the event go to the "SAI HELP NEPAL" Initiative.

International Conference on the Meiji Restoration

An international conference on "Global History and the Meiji Restoration" will take place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from July 3 to 5. The event is part of an international multiyear project on the Meiji Restoration initiated by Yale University, Wake Forest University and the Cluster "Asia and Europe". It is organised by Prof. Harald Fuess. 

Keynote Lecture by Madeleine Herren-Oesch

Swiss-Japanese diplomacy is the topic of a keynote lecture by former Cluster director Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch. It takes place at the Alte Aula, Heidelberg, on July 3 at 6 pm as part of a conference on global history and the Meiji Restoration. The event is organised by Prof. Harald Fuess.

FoF3 Funding for Armin Volkmann

Dr. Armin Volkmann and Eric Decker have been successful with an application for their project on retro-digitalisation. They will preserve the excavation records of the roman fort in Heidelberg-Neuenheim. In the project funded by Heidelberg University's Field of Focus 3, Volkmann's Junior Research Group Digital Humanities cooperates with the Heidelberg Research Architecture and Heidelberg's Kurpfälzisches Museum.

Media Reports

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung published an interview with Prof. Niels Gutschow about the aid projects in Nepal.

Spektrum der Wissenschaft reported about aid projects in Nepal by the SAI help Nepal campaign.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has published an article by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius on artists and traditions in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake.

Also in the context of the earthquake in Nepal, a number of other Cluster members were in the media: ARD ­– SWRSWR2SPIEGEL ONLINEFAZBildDeutschlandfunkSWR

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Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute (SAI), supported by Cluster/HCTS members, has launched a donation campaign "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims. A monthly newsletter provides updates on their activities.

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  • 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.