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The Annual Conference 2015 is about to begin

The seventh Annual Conference of the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”/HCTS will begin on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Scholars from various disciplines and from across the globe will discuss the topic “Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out”. It is organized by Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

Music from Greater China

"Music from Greater China - Past and Present" is the theme of an event series with the ensemble 3peoplemusic taking place in Heidelberg from October 4 to 7. The Taiwanese musicians will give a concert at the Ethnological Museum and frame a tea ceremony at the Institute of Sinology as well as the opening of the Annual Conference at the Alte Aula. The events are organised by Prof. Barbara Mittler and presented within the Taiwan Spotlight program.

HERA-SINGLE Workshop in Delhi

The workshop “Solo-cities: Representations of the ‘Single’ in Urban Spaces” will take place in New Delhi from October 6-8. The workshop is part of the HERA project 'SINGLE', coordinated by HCTS Professor Christiane Brosius, and organised in conjunction with the Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut New Delhi.

Conference on Documents in Pre-Modern South Asia

"Studying Documents in Pre-modern South Asia and Beyond: Problems and Perspectives" is the title of a conference organised by Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe". It will take place from October 4 - 6 at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Toshi Book Prize for Lothar Ledderose

Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose and Hua Sun receive the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Prize for their edited volume "Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province, Volume 1". The Toshi Prize is annually awarded to an outstanding book in the area of Buddhist Studies and administered by the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. 

New Book on Discourses of Purity

Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert, Matthias Bley, and Dr. Stefan Köck have edited the book "Discourses of Purity in Transcultural Perspective (300–1600)". The volume comprises fifteen articles and was published by Brill Publishing House in 2015. Prof. Jaspert holds the Chair for Medieval History at Heidelberg University and coordinates research project A28 "Commerce in Sicily".

Media Reports

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the Early Modern Period Conference.

Unispiegel interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels and reported about Prof. Christian Förster, Prof. Marcus Nüsser and Dr. Ravi Baghel.

Abi-magazine portrayed MA Transcultural Studies student N. Kuhr.

n-tv and Der Standard reported about project MC9.1 "Himalayan Glaciers".

Spektrum der Wissenschaft reported about the SAI help Nepal campaign.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius on artists in Nepal.

In the context of the earthquakes in Nepal, a number of Cluster members were in the media: ARD ­–SWRSWR2SPIEGEL ONLINEFAZDfunk 

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Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute (SAI), supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs a donation campaign "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims. A newsletter reports about their activities.

Short News

  • The conference "History/ies of the Future – Extra-European Challenges" will take place at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, 9th-10th October. It seeks to decentre Europe and its impact in debates on „Futures Past“ (Koselleck), and to reflect more generally about how temporal and spatial dimensions of ideas about the future are interrelated at a world-wide scale. Prof. Barbara Mittler will participate in a panel and round table discussion focusing on the Far East. The conference is held in German language and organised by the Working Group „Außereuropäische Geschichte“ of the „Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands“.


  • 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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    Read more about the Current Graduates and their Projects ...

  • 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.

    All projects in Research Area B ...




  • 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.

    All projects in Research Area C ...




  • 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.