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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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Media Reports

Kathmandu Post interviewed Prof. Christiane Brosius on her exhibition at the festival Photo Kathmandu.

Die Welt, Der Tagesspiegel, and the Bell Beaker Blogger report about new research findings by PD Dr. Philipp Stockhammer on the Bronze Age.

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.

German TV station "ZDF" interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels on the current situation in Nepal after the earthquakes in spring. Watch the TV programm "heute journal" online.

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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

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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.