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Laying of the Foundation Stone for CATS

On Friday, February 17, the foundation stone for the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) was laid in a festive setting at the construction site next to the Karls Jaspers Centre. Gisela Splett, Federal Secretary of Finance and Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science of the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, together with representatives from Heidelberg University and construction management acknowledged CATS as a milestone for the Asian Studies in Heidelberg.

Exchange Programmes at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”

The Cluster “Asia and Europe” offers a mobility-option for students of the M.A. Transcultural Studies as a possibility to spend time abroad. Therefore, students in the third semester have the opportunity to go to a different country for a research internship or study exchange to develop their own ideas or collect research data for the master's thesis.

Cluster held General Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held its second General Meeting in the winter semester 2016/2017. The meeting took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.

New Book on News Reporting in Nineteenth-Century India

Dr. Amelia Bonea, former doctoral student at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", published a new book on “The News of Empire - Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c. 1830–1900”. It analyses the development of English-language news reporting in nineteenth-century India and was published in August 2016.

Epilogue to HERA Single

The HERA project SINGLE, in which Prof. Christiane Brosius and her team represented the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, successfully ended in September 2016. It was recently featured in the brochure "Kulturen im Dialog" by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Also, the project report and “Moving the City #1”, a short film by Sheba Chhachhi, are now available on the HERA SINGLE homepage.

Jour Fixe “Managing Transculturality”

The first Jour Fixe in 2017 will be a roundtable discussion that takes place on Thursday, January 26, at the DAI Heidelberg Cultural Center at 4 pm. The event aims at exchanging ideas and insights about the relevance of understanding transcultural processes and agents in non-academic spheres such as science, politics, NGOs and global business.

Article on Advertisement in Shanghai in the 1930s

Former Master’s exchange students at Heidelberg University and the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, Xue Yu and Garima Goel, published an article in the academic journal "Baessler-Archiv" in December 2016. The peer-reviewed journal is published annually by the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin.

DFG Research Funding for Joseph Maran

Cluster Director Prof. Joseph Maran received a continuing grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) until 2018 for his research project “Excavation in the Northwestern Lower Town of Tiryns: Lifeworld and cultural practice in a newly founded sector of the settlement of the Mycenaean post-palatial period”.


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Media Reports

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

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. Barbara Mittler.

Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

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Short News

  • On February 24 at 8 pm, the KlangForum Heidelberg invites Prof. Barbara Mittler, Director of the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, to a concert at the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. In the project "Neue Klänge aus dem Reich der Mitte", Asian and Europe musicians meet on stage. Under the title “New sounds from the Middle Empire”, the ensembles SCHOLA HEIDELBERG and ensemble aisthesis will present contemporary compositions. Their performance will be embedded in discussions that Prof. Mittler, will have with the composers of these pieces. She will also be present at the public rehearsal on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm at the Tankturm, where the audience has a chance to talk to the musicians and the composers.

  • On Tuesday, February 21, Dr. Sophie Roche will give a lecture on “The Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the Life of Migrants from Central Asia” at the Central Asia Program (CAP) at George Washington University, Washington. In her talk, she will unfold the social life of migrants in, around and through the main mosque in Moscow. On Wednesday, February 15, Dr. Roche participated in a panel discussing the topic “Preserving Culture at the Fringes in Authoritarian States”, which took place at Duke University, Durham. Sophie Roche is currently leading the subproject “The Demographic Turn in the Junction of Cultures”, which is part of the project C16 “Unfolding Central Asia” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”.

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

    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.