Certificates for Graduate Students
On Thursday evening, the third round of students of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies received their certificates. The eight students were selected in 2011 out of nearly 200 applicants to pursue their doctoral degree within the framework of the Cluster.
Cluster welcomes MA Students
A new batch of MA students has arrived at the Karl Jaspers Centre to pursue an M.A. in Transcultural Studies (MATS). About 90 students, which is the largest first year MATS cohort ever, have taken up their studies in the MATS this winter semester. The welcoming and introductory session took place on Monday.
Essay Prize for Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer
Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer, PhD candidate of the Graduate Program for Transcultural Studies, has been awarded with the thirteenth annual Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize for her paper titled "The Material is the Message: Rubbings and Prints in Postwar Japanese Calligraphy”.
DFG Meeting Urges for Excellence Initiative Continuation
With an urgent appeal to policy makers for a continuation of the Excellence Initiative, the largest meeting for clusters of excellence, graduate schools and institutional strategies has ended. The Cluster "Asia and Europe" was represented at the meeting by Director Prof. Axel Michaels and Scientific Project Manager Oliver Lamers.
Annual Conference 2014
More than 150 scholars from Heidelberg and all over the world participated in the sixth Annual Conference “Cultural Mediation: Creativity, Performance, Display” from October 8-10. The event was organised by Research Area B “Public Spheres”.
The awards-winning filmmakers Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, who worked as researchers at the Cluster, have produced a new documentary film. In the film "Black Roses and Red Dresses", three Indian acid-attack survivors confront the violence committed against them by writing letters to their attackers. Watch the new film "Black Roses and Red Dresses" on YouTube or the Al Jazeera website.
Dr. Daniel Münster, coordinator of the Junior Research Group C15 “Agrarian Alternatives”, was awarded a short-term visiting scholarship at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, from 15 August to October 11, 2014. During his stay, Dr. Münster also gave an invited lecture on “Cultivating Hope: Agrarian Crisis and the Cultural Politics of Food Sovereignty in South India” at the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies
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.
Research Area A: Governance & Administration
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.
Research Area B: Public Spheres
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.
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.
Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage
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.
Heidelberg Research Architecture
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.