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HCTS Opening Ceremony on Monday, April 28, at 4 pm

+++ Minister of Science Theresia Bauer will be present +++ Talk by the future President of the Leibniz Association Prof. Matthias Kleiner +++ Keynote Lecture by Prof. Avishai Margalit (Princeton) +++ Welcome Addresses by University Rector Prof. Bernhard Eitel and HCTS Director Prof. Axel Michaels +++

An inauguration ceremony will mark the official opening of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). This central research institution at Heidelberg University is dedicated to foster a cross-disciplinary dialogue on transcultural interactions. Founded last year, the centre is based on the research and teaching structures established over recent years by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, and future President of the Leibniz Association, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner, will attend the opening ceremony on 28 April 2014. The keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Dr. Avishai Margalit of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) on the topic of justice in warfare.

“The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies is a shining example of how the efforts and measures of the Excellence Initiative have permanently strengthened Heidelberg University and will continue to unfold their impact in the future, even beyond 2017,” stresses Minister Bauer. Building on the infrastructure of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, the HCTS aims to form networks with researchers of world renown to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue on the dynamics of global transcultural processes. The centre has five permanent fellows appointed to professorships at the cluster in recent years, including the first professorship of Global Art History in Germany. The HCTS offers a master’s and doctoral programme in transcultural studies and awards temporary fellowships for senior as well as junior researchers from all fields, but in particular the humanities and the social sciences. Furthermore, the centre organises public lectures, seminars and workshops, to which the eight recently appointed visiting scholars will contribute.

The inauguration ceremony will be held on 28 April in the Great Hall of the Old University. After words of welcome from Heidelberg University Rector Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, will give a welcoming speech. Subsequently, Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, Executive Director of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, will introduce the institution. The future President of the Leibniz Association, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner, will then speak on “The ‘Trans’ in the Sciences”. Prof. Dr. Avishai Margalit of Princeton University (USA) will hold the keynote lecture “Proportionality: Justice in War, between Tribalism and Nationalism”. The Duo SeidenStrasse from Essen will provide musical accompaniment, blending Chinese sounds and European percussion styles.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the opening ceremony in the main auditorium of Heidelberg University on Monday, April 28, at 4 pm.

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HCTS Directorate

Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels
Professor of Classical Indology

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler
Professor of Chinese Studies

Prof. Dr. Joseph Maran
Professor of Pre- and Protohistory

Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz
HCTS Professor of Intellectual History

Prof. Dr. Vera Nünning
Professor of English Philology

M.A. Transcultural Studies

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HCTS Activities

Keynote Lectures

The HCTS offers a number of keynote lectures and roundtable discussions throughout the academic year. Prof. David Armitage (Harvard) will continue the HCTS lecture series with a talk on futures of the past on May 19 at 6 pm.  

Luncheon Meetings

Once a month, the HCTS hosts a Luncheon open to the university public with presentations by the fellows and invited speakers. Dr. Philipp Stockhammer will speak on "Appropriation in the Contact Zone" on May 8 at 1 pm.

Dinner Seminars

Every last Thursday of the month, one of the Fellows presents his or her research over dinner. The events foster the exchange among the researchers at the HCTS. Dr. Ana Carolina Hosne will talk on "Words and Images" on April 24 at 6 pm.