Conference and Network on Transcultural Artistic Practices
A conference on histories of contemporary artistic practices is being held from November 26-28 at the House of World Cultures in Berlin. It also serves to launch the "Research Network for Critical Transcultural Perspectives on Artistic and Visual Practices", a platform for early career researchers in the field of transcultural studies. The conference is co-organised by Franziska Koch, Assistant Professor to the Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster.
Launch of Digital Art History Website
The Hachiman Digital Handscrolls Project (HDH) has launched a new website comprising seven digitized Japanese handscrolls from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The website enhances digital presentations of image-text formats. The project headed by Prof. Melanie Trede is a collaboration with the Heidelberg Research Architecture, the Institute of East Asian Art History and the software developer bitGilde.
Jour Fixe on Anthropological Exhibitions
How exhibitions of images affect a critical analysis of historical and contemporary issues was the topic of the Jour Fixe on Thursday, November 19. Prof. Beatrice von Bismarck (Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig) spoke about "Of(f) Museums: The Presentation of Anthropological Photographs in the Open Air". The event was chaired by Prof. Monica Juneja and took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre.
International SEECHAC Colloquium in Heidelberg
The International SEECHAC (European Society for Studies of Central Asia and Himalayan Regions) Colloquium took place from November 16 to 18 in Heidelberg. Entitled “Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance in Central Asia and the Himalayan Region — Past and Present”, this conference was jointly organized by SEECHAC and the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. The Heidelberg organizing committee was headed by Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner, Chair of Buddhist Studies.
Axel Michaels receives Lautenschlaeger Research Prize
Indologist Prof. Axel Michaels, Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", will receive the Lautenschläger Research Prize endowed with 250,000 euros. He is honoured as an "internationally recognised research personality who is the embodiment of outstanding achievement in research," says Dr. h.c. Manfred Lautenschläger, the award's sponsor. The ceremony for the most highly endowed research prize from a private sponsor in Germany will be held on 4 December 2015.
New Book on the Chinese Political Novel
"The Chinese Political Novel. Migration of a World Genre" is a new book by Prof. Dr. Catherine Vance Yeh. She is associate professor at Boston University and member of project MC15 "Powers of the Press" at the Cluster/HCTS. The book was published by Harvard University Press in the series Harvard East Asian Monographs in 2015.
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Lisette Schouten and Valentyna Polunina have contributed to the volume "Trials for International Crimes in Asia" edited by Prof. Kirsten Sellars (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and published by Cambridge University Press. The members of Junior Research Group "Transcultural Justice" are presenting two chapters in the book, one titled "Colonial justice at the Netherlands Indies war crimes trials" (Lisette Schouten) and another with the title "The Khabarovsk trial: the Soviet riposte to the Tokyo Tribunal" (Valentyna Polunina).
Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies
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.
Research Area A: Governance & Administration
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.
Research Area B: Public Spheres
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.
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.
Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage
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.
Heidelberg Research Architecture
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.