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Monica Juneja published article “The Body as a Stage”

Prof. Monica Juneja, Chair of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), published the article “Beyond Man and Woman. The Body as a Stage” in the latest issue of Heidelberg University's science magazine Ruperto Carola. In her article, Juneja analyzes the differences between painted portraits and texts of men and women from the North Indian Mughal courts.

New books edited by Nikolas Jaspert

Prof. Nikolas Jaspert, designated Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", co-edited two new volumes: „Locating Religions. Contact, Diversity, and Translocality“ and „Die Kreuzzugsbewegung im römisch-deutschen Reich (11.-13. Jahrhundert)“. The volumes were published in 2016 and 2017 with Brill.

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 summer semester 2017. The meeting took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.

International Conference on Migration and Persistence

Prof. Nikolas Jaspert and Prof. Bernd Schneidmüller organized the conference “Migration and Persistence – Medieval Discourses”. It will take place from July 27-29 at the Universitätsbibliothek of Heidelberg University and the Karl Jaspers Center for Transcultural Studies.

New Book by Ravi Baghel and Lea Stepan

Cluster Associate Member Dr. Ravi Baghel and PhD candidate Lea Stepan, together with Dr. Joseph K.W. Hill, published a new volume on water knowledge in Asia. The book titled "Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, Practices and Locales" was published by Routledge. It builds upon the workshop "Epistemologies of Water in Asia” organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Group “Waterscapes".

"Transcultural Forays" launched at HCTS

In spring, the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies called for applications for start-up grants under the title "Transcultural Forays". Seven applications were selected for funding, three of which have started or will shortly begin their research projects at the HCTS.

Lecture by Fabian Drixler from Yale University

On Tuesday, July 11, Prof. Fabian Drixler, Professor of History at Yale University, gave a guest lecture on “Fractal Vulnerability: Japan in the Volcanic Winters of the Early Modern World” at the Karls-Jaspers-Center as part of his visit to the Cluster until the end of July.

New Book by Milinda Banerjee

As a result of the 2012 conference "Nationizing the Dynasty – Dynastizing the Nation", that was organized by the research project A5 at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", former Cluster member Ph.D. Milinda Banerjee co-published the book "Transnational Histories of the 'Royal Nation'".

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Short News

  • Cluster member Takuma Melber won the second "Förderpreis 2017 für Militärgeschichte und Militärtechnik", which honors his dissertation "Zwischen Kollaboration und Widerstand: Die japanische Besatzungspolitik in Malaya und Singapur, 1942-1945". The prize was presented by the Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr (ZMSBw). The dissertation will be published in late 2017 with Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main.

  • The documentary movie "The Cinema Travellers" was awarded the "German Star of India - Best Documentary" at the Indian Filmfestival in Stuttgart, which took place from July 19-23. The movie by former short-term Cluster members Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya already won several prizes in 2016. Depicting how travelling showmen brought the cinema to rural areas in India, the movie also sheds a light on how such travelling cinemas are struggling to survive since the emergence of digitalization.

Media Reports

Haaretz quotes Josef Maran and Philipp Stockhammer.

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

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

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

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Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.

Research

  • 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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  • 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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