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CfA: Heidelberg-Tohoku Double Degree Programme

As part of the Heidelberg-Tohoku Double Degree Programme, PhD candidates at Heidelberg University in Asian and Transcultural Studies are eligible to apply for a one-year doctoral scholarship to study at the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University, which starts in October 2019.

Kerstin von Lingen accepts professorship at University of Vienna

PD Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, former Junior Research Group leader at the Cluster and associate member of the HCTS, accepted a professorship at the Department for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. She will take up her new position within the research focus "Dictatorship, Violence and Genocide" in March 2019.

Postdoctoral fellowship for Takahiro Yamamoto

Dr. Takahiro Yamamoto, assistant professor of Cultural Economic History, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship for Leading Early Career Researchers of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. It will finance his project "Cross-border mobility and documentary identification in Japan in the age of global networking" and offer different networking opportunities.

Roundtable "Taking Offense" moderated by Monica Juneja

On November 28, the roundtable discussion: "Taking Offense. Religion, Art, and Visual Culture in Plural Configurations" took place at the HCTS. The event was organized by the professorship of Global Art History, with HCTS co-director Monica Juneja leading the discussion.

Guest lecture by Tadashi Tanabe

On November 27, Dr. Tadashi Tanabe gave the guest lecture "Eastward Transmission of Gandhāran Śibi-Jātaka Imagery: From Gandhāra to Kizil and Dunhuang." The lecture was organized by the professorship of Buddhist Studies and took place at the HCTS, starting at 6 pm.

Johanna Beamish receives award for dissertation

Cluster associate member Dr. Johanna Beamish was awarded an "Albert Ballin Awards for Globalization Research" for her dissertation "Im Transit auf dem Ozean." The prize was awarded by Hapag-Lloyd AG for innovative and critical research on processes and problems of globalization.

International workshop "Recalibrating Culture"

The international workshop "Recalibrating Culture – Reconfiguring the (Trans-)Cultural" took place at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies from November 22-24. It was both a part and the highlight of the HCTS Interactive Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture–Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural."

Workshop lab "Asthetics and materiality of knowledge"

On November 16 and 17, the workshop lab "Asthetics and materiality of knowledge – (un)sighted archives of migration" took place at the HCTS. It was organized by Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky, assistant professor of Visual and Media Anthropology, and focused on migratory materials that narrate experiences of displacement, movement and arrival.

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  • On November 29, Prof. Harald Fuess met with Dr. Nguyen Phuong Thuy, a lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi. She had visited the HCTS and the Department of Japanese Studies during her stay in Heidelberg. Prof. Fuess and Dr. Nguyen discussed the future possibility of research cooperation in anticipation of the opening of CATS in Heidelberg. They agreed to initiate the exchange of scholars between Heidelberg and the Faculty of Oriental Studies at VNU Hanoi starting in 2019. The exchange will be funded by the Toshiba International Foundation. They also talked about the possibility of a student exchange.

  • On December 6, 2018, at 6 pm, the HCTS graduation ceremony for the students of the M.A. Transcultural Studies and for the members of GPTS-7 will take place. It will be a joint ceremony for all students who graduated in the Master Program in the last academic year and for the 7th generation of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS). After the opening remarks by the acting director of the HCTS, there will be contributions by the HCTS professors, the graduates, and the MATS-Fachschaftsrat (council of student representatives). A reception with finger food and drinks will close out the ceremony. The venue is room 212 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Media Reports

SWR4 interviewed Prof. Christiane Brosius about her Nepal project.

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Prof. Barbara Mittler for "Tag für Tag."

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius.

SWR2 featured Prof. Joseph Maran in radio report.

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

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

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Research

  • 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.

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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

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    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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