Workshop on the Epistemologies of Water in Asia
"Epistemologies of Water in Asia” was the topic of a workshop organised by Dr. Ravi Baghel on behalf of the interdisciplinary research group "Waterscapes", which is part of research area C "Knowledge Systems". The event took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from December 13 to 14, 2014.
Conference on Transcultural Trajectories of Art History
"Transcultural Trajectories of Art History: Legacies of Modernity and Global Entanglements" was topic of a conference organised by Prof. Monica Juneja on behalf of the interdisciplinary research project 16.1 "The World as a category of art history" together with Prof. Birgit Mersmann from Jacobs University Bremen. The event took place at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg from December 8 to 10, 2014.
Conference on Subversive Networks
How international organisations reshaped the world order of the 20th century was the topic of a conference organised by research project A13 “Subaltern Diplomacy”. It took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from December 4 – 6, 2014.
SINGLE-Workshop in Shanghai
“Precariously Yours: Gender, Class, and Urbanity in Contemporary Shanghai” was the title of an international workshop in Shanghai. It was organised by the Humanities in the European Research Area project "SINGLE" coordinated by Prof. Christiane Brosius, Dr. Melissa Butcher and Prof. Jeroen de Kloet. The workshop took place from December 4 to 6, 2014.
Book on Concepts and Institutions in Motion
"The Dynamics of Transculturality - Concepts and Institutions in Motion" is a new book edited by Prof. Antje Fluchter and Dr. Jivanta Schöttli. It is part of the Cluster’s book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context".
Symposium: The Family in the History of Central Asia
The family in the history of Central Asia was the topic of symposium organised by the Junior Research Group "Demographic Turn" coordinated by Dr. Sophie Roche. The event took place at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg from November 26 to 28, 2014.
The next issue of Heidelberg University’s research journal "Ruperto Carola" is available. Among other texts, it presents articles by the Cluster members Prof. Christiane Brosius on single women in India, Prof. Nikolas Jaspert on religious variety in medieval towns, and Prof. Andreas Kruse on aging and old age.
"Political Theory and Transculturality" is the name of a new working group initiated by the interdisciplinary research groups MC7 "Political Legitimation", MC 3.4 "Negotiating Religious Identities Among Hindu Communities in Pakistan" and the Junior Research Group B21 "Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism". The first meeting will take place on January 27, 2015. Contact persons are Jürgen Schaflechner and Dr. Katja Rakow.
Heidelberg-Tohoku Joint PhD fellowships: Heidelberg has been conducting a joint PhD degree program between Tohoku University, Faculty of Law, and Heidelberg University, Faculty of Philosophy since 2012. The Cross-National Doctoral Course (CNDC) is now recruiting the next intake of doctoral students from Heidelberg University into the program with fellowship to attend Tohoku university for one year from October 2015. Students interested to obtain this joint degree should consult with Ms. Christina Pietsch to obtain the application forms.
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.