Workshop in Honor of Prof. Ramaswamy and Prof. Geary
The workshop “Materials on the Move” takes place on May 19 to honor Anneliese Maier Research Award Winners Prof. Ph.D. Sumathi Ramaswamy (2016) and Prof. Patrick Geary (2012) – both Advisory Board Member at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”. It will be held at the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities as a cooperation of the Cluster and the Department of History at Heidelberg University.
Appeal for Donations after Earthquakes in Kumamoto
Heidelberg’s sister city, Kumamoto in Japan, was hit by major earthquakes on April 14 and April 16. More than 40 people died and more than 1000 people were injured. For this reason, the Heidelberger Freundeskreis Kumamoto e.V. started an appeal for donations.
Julian Strube edited Special Issue of Aries
Dr. Julian Strube, postdoctoral fellow of project MC7 "Religion and Politics", has edited a special issue of the journal "Aries - Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism" on the topic "Transgressing Boundaries". It was published as the first issue in 2016 by Brill.
Great Attention for XML Tool by HRA
The "VRA Core 4 XML Transform Tool", developed by the Heidelberg Research Architecture, was introduced by Matthias Arnold at the 3rd ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference in March. It was presented at a well-attended workshop and on a poster, that received the first prize in the category "Most inspiring". The new tool helps transforming flat data into structured schema-controlled XML or even RDF.
New Book on Politics in India and China
Dr. Lion Koenig and Dr. Bidisha Chaudhuri, both Associated Members of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", have edited the volume "Politics of the Other in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts". The book has been published by Routledge in February 2016.
Latest Newsletter Issue
Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.
Unispiegel reported about several activities by Cluster members.
Brand eins portrayed Axel Michaels.
Bild der Wissenschaft cited Joseph Maran.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz declined an offer for the Chair for Societies and Cultures of Modern China by Humboldt University, Berlin. Prof. Kurtz will remain in Heidelberg where he holds the Chair of Intellectual History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe"/Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).
Dr. Davide Torri, member of project MC3.3 "Buddhism between South Asia and Tibet" and the Chair of Buddhist Studies, has been invited to the workshop "Religious Authority beyond the Nation" taking place at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, on 27 April 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to explore issues of religious authority from anthropological perspectives in cross-cultural, transnational, diasporic and refugee contexts. The event was organized in the context of the BICC/WREAC project ‘Sacred Models: Authority in Asian Religions’.
Donations for Nepal
The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.
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.