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Summer School has ended

This year's summer school titled "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis" ran from July 26 to 31. 24 young scholars discussed how art is created and disseminated in times of wars, struggles for national independence or conflicts between ideologies. The event was organised by Cathrine Bublatzky, Isabel Ching and Franziska Koch together with Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Monica Juneja, and the Research Network "Arts and the Transcultural".

Annual Conference Online Registration opens

The Cluster/HCTS's Annual Conference "Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out" is open for registration. The conference will take place from October 7 - 9, 2015, in Heidelberg. It is organised by Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

Summer School Keynote by Iftikhar Dadi

On Monday, July 27, Prof. Iftikhar Dadi (Cornell University) gave the keynote lecture to the Cluster's 2015 summer school. The art historian, artist and curator discussed contemporary artists' responses to displacements. This year's summer school, from July 26 to 31, was themed "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis". It took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Cluster Research Areas go on Retreats

In order to intensively discuss their respective research, the four research areas organise retreats. The first group to meet this summer was Research Area B, followed by Research Areas D and C. Research Area A will hold its retreat in autumn.

Early Modern Period Conference open for Registration

The 11th conference of the working group on the early modern period in the Association of German Historians will be held from September 17-19, 2015, at Heidelberg University. The event with the title "Rethinking Early Modern Europe in a Global Perspective" is now open for registration until August 31. It is organized by the Chair for the Early Modern Period of the Department of History and supported by the Cluster "Asia and Europe".

Film on Early Chinese Periodicals Online

A film introducing the work of research project "Early Chinese Periodicals Online" (ECPO) has been produced by Heidelberg Forum Edition. The project is developing a database on Chinese periodicals including a sophisticated body of metadata. Building on a number of Cluster/HCTS research projects, the international collaboration is headed by Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler, who presented their work in a talk on July 14 at Heidelberg University.

Media Reports

ZDF History broadcasted a documentary on the Asia-Pacific war zone during World War II featuring interviews with Takuma Melber and Sven Matthiessen.

n-tv and Der Standard reported about the research of Dr. Ravi Baghel and Prof. Marcus Nüsser on Himalayan Glaciers.

SWR broadcasted a report on the SAI Nepal Day, including an interview with Prof. Axel Michaels.

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

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius on artists in Nepal.

In the context of the earthquakes in Nepal, a number of 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.

Short News

  • Research Group MC9 "Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspective" and Hindu University Indonesia are organising an international workshop on "Waterscapes in Bali and Beyond: Shifting Paradigms of Pollution and Purity". It will be held from September 22-24 at the Hindu University Indonesia in Denpasan. Interested scholars can download the call for papers and submit their paper proposal by July 30.

  • Dr. Christoph Mauntel will become postdoctoral fellow within the research training group "Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa" at the University of Tübingen. Dr. Mauntel has been member of project A27 "World Orders" and Speaker of the Junior Researchers in the Steering Committee. For his research project, he has received additional funding by Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Max Weber Foundation. In Tübingen, he will continue his work on geographical concepts of world order and protagonists of transcultural contacts.


  • Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies

    Students in front of project posters

    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.  

    All projects in Research Area A




  • 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. 

    All projects in Research Area D



  • Heidelberg Research Architecture

    Lady drawing a database sketch

    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.