Lecture by Emiko Ochiai
Prof. Emiko Ochiai (Paris/Kyoto) will give a guest lecture on "Changing care diamonds in Europe and Asia: Is Europe becoming Asia?". The talk will take place on Friday, May 22, 4 pm, at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It is followed by a discussion with Prof. Karen Shire (Duisburg-Essen). The event has been organised by the Chair of Cultural Economic History.
HCTS Lecture by Faisal Devji
Dr. Faisal Devji (Oxford) gave a HCTS lecture with the title "Fatal Love: History, Violence and Vicarious Desire in Modern India" on May 21 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. The lecture was hosted by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) in collaboration with the South Asia Institute.
Jour Fixe on Cultural Mobility of Mercenaries
How medieval Christian mercenaries could reconcile their faith with serving Muslim masters was the topic of a Jour Fixe. Prof. Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg University) shed light on this issue in a talk at the event chaired by Prof. Daniel König on May 21.
Call for Applications: Summer School 2015
The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” welcomes applications for the Summer School “Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis.” It will take place from July 26 to 31, 2015 at Heidelberg University in Germany.
SAI "Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg"
The "Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg" provides help for the victims of the earthquakes that struck Nepal in late April and early May 2015. The initiative has been established by the South Asia Institute with support of members of the Cluster/HCTS.
Cultural Diversity of Ageing in Focus of Lectures
"Ageing Differently - Cultural Diversity and Creative Opportunities" is the topic of a lecture series taking place at Heidelberg University. Nine speakers from different institutions and from a variety of academic backgrounds will present their findings in irregular intervals from May 11 to July 13, 2015. The event is organised within the university's "Studium Generale" and open to the public.
Junior Research Group “Agrarian Alternatives” is organizing a Lecture Series on “Advances in Agrarian Studies”. It focusses on recent research in Agrarian Humanities, Environmental Anthropology and Science Studies. The series will be inaugurated by Filippo Bertoni’s talk of the Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene research group on “Global Worming”. Further speakers are Gaurang Sahay (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Manoj Misra (University of Alberta and Visiting Scholar at the Cluster ), and Rita Brara (Delhi University). The research group is also organizing a talk by Laura Rival (University of Oxford) in collaboration with the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE).
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the FAZ published an article by Prof. Christian Förster and Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcasted an interview with former Cluster member Andreas Margara.
Donations for Nepal
The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, has launched a donation campaign for Nepal.
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.