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CfP: "New Directions in Transcultural Studies"

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies calls for panel proposals for its conference "New Directions in Transcultural Studies," which will take place on October 31, 2019. The conference will mark the completion of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and its transition into the Heidelberg Centre of Transcultural Studies. 

Workshop and Lecture with Bruce McCoy Owens

On May 22 and 23, Bruce McCoy Owens, associate professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College, visited the HCTS to participate in a workshop on DANAM and to give a lecture on “Intangible Heritage and Visual Repatriation”. He was hosted by the NHDP project and the professorship of Visual and Media Anthropology.

New volume co-edited by Nikolas Jaspert

The volume “Queens, Princesses and Mendicants: Close Relations in a European Perspective” was edited by Prof. Nikolas Jaspert, co-director of the HCTS, and Imke Just, doctoral student at Heidelberg University. It was published with LIT Verlag and is comprised of twelve articles by scholars from seven European countries.

Michael Radich receives DFG grant

Prof. Michael Radich, the professor of Buddhist Studies at the HCTS, was awarded a DFG Sachbeihilfe grant for his project "Intertextuality in the Chinese Buddhist Canon: Computational-Philological Assessment of Sources, Authorship/Translatorship, and Style." The project will run for three years, from October 2019 to September 2022.

New book by Amelia Bonea on Medicine and Modernity

Dr. Amelia Bonea, research fellow at the HCTS, is co-author of the recently published book “Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain” together with Melissa Dickson, Sally Shuttleworth, and Jennifer Wallis. It is part of the “Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century” series, edited by Bernard Lightman and published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Nepal Heritage Documentation Project launches DANAM

The Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP) at the HCTS recently launched DANAM, the Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments, with the aim of documenting the endangered cultural heritage of Nepal. Its datasets include monument descriptions, their history and iconography, architectural drawings, site plans and photographic documentation.

New book by Lorenzo Andolfatto

Dr. Lorenzo Andolfatto, postdoctoral researcher at the HCTS, recently published his book “Hundred Days’ Literature: Chinese Utopian Fiction at the End of Empire, 1902–1910” with Brill. The volume, published in the series “East Asian Comparative Literature and Culture,” addresses the literary landscape of late imperial China via the notion of utopia.

Walter Bosshard Exhibition opens on April 28, 2019

From April 28, 2019 to June 10, 2019, the Völkerkundemuseum VPST Heidelberg will host the exhibition “Envisioning Asia: Gandhi and Mao in the Photographs of Walter Bosshard”. The project is the result of a joint collaboration between the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) of Heidelberg University, the Völkerkundemuseum VPST, the Swiss Foundation for Photography, and the Critical Collective.

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Short News

  • Reminder: Students holding a B.A or equivalent (minimum three years of study) in a discipline of the humanities or social science, can still apply for the Master Programme in Transcultural Studies at the HCTS. Across disciplines and national borders, students from around the globe can explore the dynamics of cultural exchanges. The emphasis lies on Asian, predominantly East and South Asian, and European cultures. The deadline for international students is June 15, 2019.

  • On May 8, Dr. Susann Liebich, postdoctoral fellow at the HCTS, talked about "Constructing and representing a globalising world: Geographical imaginaries in Australian magazines of the 1920s and 1930s" in course of the workshop "Periodicals and Globalization". The event was organized by the Transnational Periodical Cultures research group at Mainz University.

Media Reports

Prof. Barbara Mittler and Prof. Axel Michaels wrote an article about CATS for the IIAS newsletter.

SWR4 interviewed Prof. Christiane Brosius about her Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP).

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Prof. Barbara Mittler for "Tag für Tag."

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius.

SWR2 featured Prof. Joseph Maran in radio report.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

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Research

  • 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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  • 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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Upcoming Events

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019

Doktorandenworkshop: "Eurasian Mobility"

Jul 25, 2019

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