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Joachim Kurzt co-edits anniversary volume for Michael Lackner

Prof. Joachim Kurtz, Professor for Intellectual History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, co-edited the volume “Reading the Signs: Philology, History, Prognostication. Festschrift for Michael Lackner” with Prof. Iwo Amelung. It was published with Iudicium in June and honors the 65th birthday of sinologist Prof. Michael Lackner.

Guest lecture: Nada Raza from Tate Research Centre: Asia

On June 26, Nada Raza, Research Curator at the Tate Research Centre: Asia, will give a guest lecture at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. It takes place at 6 pm, and is titled “From Kochi-Muziris to the Heart of Sharjah: Coastal Biennials and the Lure of Maritime Pasts.” The lecture is organized by the Professorship of Global Art History.

New book co-edited by Barbara Mittler

Prof. Barbara Mittler, co-director of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, edited the book "Women and the Periodical Press in China's Long Twentieth Century. A Space of their Own?" with Prof. Michael Hockx and Prof. Joan Judge. It was published with Cambridge University Press in May 2018 .

HCTS Interactive Lecture Series 2018: W. J. T. Mitchell

The HCTS Interactive Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture – Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural – C’est quoi la (trans-)culture?" takes place from May to July and October to December. It is supported through an Activity Grant in the Transcultural Forays and continues on June 15 with a guest lecture by Prof. W. J. T. Mitchell from the University of Chicago.

Kerstin von Lingen's JRG at Tokyo Tribunal conference

The international conference "70 Years Later: The International Military Tribunal for the Far East" took place in Nuremberg from May 17–19, convened by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. At the invitation of the academy, Kerstin von Lingen helped organize the event. Members of her former Cluster Junior Research Group were on the panels.

Arunava Dasgupta visits HCTS as Erasmus+ Fellow

From June 3 to July 2, Prof. Arunava Dasgupta, head of the Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, will visit the HCTS as an Erasmus+ teaching fellow. He is being hosted by the Professorship of Visual and Media Anthropology and will teach classes, tutorials, and workshops in close cooperation with Prof. Christiane Brosius.

New volume co-edited by Nikolas Jaspert

Prof. Nikolas Jaspert, acting director of the HCTS, co-edited the volume “Ein Meer und seine Heiligen. Hagiographie im mittelalterlichen Mediterraneum,” which was published with the Wilhelm Fink Verlag. The publication is comprised of articles about the relationship between religion, piety and the sea from the viewpoints of various disciplines such as art history, archeology or Byzantine studies.

Heidelberg Graduate Student Workshop at HCTS

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies hosted the Graduate Student Workshop “Eurasian Connections“ at the Karl Jaspers Centre on May 25-26. It was organized by HCTS Professor Harald Fuess and Prof. Patrick Heinrich from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. The workshop’s participants were selected from the HCTS’s strategic partner universities.

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  • This year's GPTS Job Market, the final selection process for the Graduate Programme in Transcultural Studies, took place on June 6. Fourteen candidates were selected out of 94 international applicants and were invited to the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies to present their doctoral projects – first in panels, and then in individual talks with the selection committee, the HCTS professors and further researchers working at the HCTS . In 2018, the GPTS  grants six scholarships for a duration of three years for graduate students to work on their doctoral projects at the HCTS.

  • Profs. Aleida and Jan Assmann will receive the 2018 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The Board of Trustees has thus chosen to honour two exceptional scholars who have inspired and complemented each other’s work for decades. The award ceremony will take place on October 14, 2018, the final day of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Peace Prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of €25,000.

Media Reports

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.

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

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

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

more media reports

Donations for Nepal

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


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

  • 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.  

    All projects in Research Area A




  • 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.

    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.

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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. 

    All projects in Research Area D



  • 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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Jul 19, 2018

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Oct 26, 2018

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