International Dharmakīrti Conference in Heidelberg
The Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Heidelberg from August 26 to 30. It is organised by Prof. Birgit Kellner, chair of “Buddhist Studies”, Heidelberg University. The conference showcases current research on epistemology and logic (pramāṇa) in Buddhist traditions across South Asia, China and Tibet.
Second Volume on Buddhist Stone Sutras in China
Prof. Lothar Ledderose and Hua Sun have edited the second volume "Sichuan Province 1" of the book series "Buddhist Stone Sutras in China" (中國佛教石經). The series is based on the research of an international team led by Prof. Lothar Ledderose, senior professor of East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University.
Summer School Colloquial Tibetan
The summer school Colloquial Tibetan organised by the Chair of Buddhist Studies is currently being held at the Cluster/HCTS from August 4 to 27. Participants are learning the language as well as discovering a fascinating culture with a rich heritage.
New Issue of the E-Journal "Transcultural Studies"
The new issue of the e-journal Transcultural Studies is now available online. It features articles by Peter J. Schwartz, Shaoqian Zhang, Mariachiara Gasparini, Lars Schladitz, and Ana Carolina Hosne.
Report on Research Trip to Japan
Ann-Sophie Schoepfel, a doctoral student (Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies), has spent three months at the Kyoto University in Japan. The research trip provided her the chance to improve her language skills, cultural understanding, and academic development.
Opening of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies
The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), a new Institute for Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University, was inaugurated on April 28, 2014. The ceremony took place in the main auditorium Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. Philosopher Prof. Avishai Margalit (Princeton) gave the keynote speech.
Exhibition in Mannheim
The exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute - Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe", organised by Gerrit J. Schenk and Monica Juneja (project "Images of Disasters"), will be shown from September 7, 2014, to March 1, 2015 at Reiss-Engelhorn Museen Mannheim.
An article about the round table "Annotation of Digital Media" was published by Luise Borek and Ruth Reiche in DHd-Blog, a main blog about digital humanities in the German-speaking area. The round table was organised by the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) from June 5 to 6, 2014 .
The South Asia Institute (SAI) released the fifth issue of the SAI-Newsletter in July, 2014. It contains information on the latest developments including personnel changes, current events and new publications related to the SAI.
The Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) has published the Newsletter January - June 2014. The new issue features both the latest HCSA activities and news related to Heidelberg University in the first half of 2014.
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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.