Book on Cultural Heritage by Michael Falser
PD Dr. Michael Falser edited the book "Cultural Heritage as Civilizing Mission: From Decay to Recovery". It is part of the Cluster's book series "Transcultural Research - Heidelberg Studies in Asia and Europe in a Global Context".
Call for Panels: Annual Conference 2015
The organisers of the Annual Conference invite scholars to submit panel proposals. The theme of this year's conference is "Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out". The conference will take place from October 7-9 in Heidelberg, and is being organised by Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".
BMBF Funds Collaboration with Philipp Stockhammer
What did the early Celts use Greek pottery for? A collaboration of researchers from Baden-Württemberg will study Greek ceramic imports and their meaning for the early Celts in their project “BEFIM – Meanings and Functions of Mediterranean Imports in Early Celtic Central Europe”. BEFIM was awarded almost 1.3 Mio. € by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) until 2018. It is directed among others by Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer (Heidelberg).
International Symposium on Chineseness in Art
“(In)Direct Speech. ‘Chineseness’ in Contemporary Art Discourse and Practice. Art Market, Curatorial Practices and Creative Processes” was the title of an international symposium organised by Cluster Member Franziska Koch and Rui Oliveira Lopes (Lisbon). During the event held in Lisbon from March 16 to 19, an “International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art” was launched.
Cluster / HCTS joins European Alliance for Asian Studies
The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" / Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) has been invited to join the European Alliance for Asian Studies. The Cluster/HCTS will be represented by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius within the network. The European Alliance for Asian Studies is a co-operative framework of European institutes specialising in Asian Studies.
Young Researchers Met at Kyoto University
Outstanding young researchers from Asia, Latin America and Europe gathered at Kyoto University from 9 to 18 March to attend Heidelberg University’s Santander International Winter School. The basic idea behind the Winter School was developed by Prof. Hans Martin Krämer and Dr. Orion Klautau from the Cluster's research project MC7 "Political Legitimation".
Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler was appointed member of the board of directors by the Forum Transregional Studies in Berlin, a research organisation that promotes the internationalisation of research in the humanities and social sciences. She was elected in December 2014 and took up her new responsibilities in February 2015. Barbara Mittler is Professor of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University. She is co-director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and will be acting director during summer term.
Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Krämer declined the offer for the Chair for Japanese Language and Culture by Stockholm University (Sweden) in December 2014. He will stay in Heidelberg to accept the full professorship for life for Japanese Studies at the Institute for Japanese Studies, Heidelberg University. Hans Martin Krämer is member of research projects MC5 "Global Concepts" and MC7 "Political Legitimation". Further, he is senior fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies in 2014/15.
Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, leader of the Junior Research Group "Transcultural Justice", gave a talk on February 22, 2015, on "The Morality of Evil: (Self-)Defense Strategies of Nazi Perpetrators" at the conference "Writing Retribution: Holocaust Justice and its Meaning" at the University of Florida, USA.
Dr. Sophie Roche, leader of Junior Research Group "Demographic Turn", will be Visiting Professor at the Institut d'études de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM) in Paris. During March 2015, she will give a number of lectures on various topics of her research field, such as migrants and Islam, Russia's religious politics, or the role of women in Central Asia.
Radu Carciumaru is heading the Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) from February 2015 onwards. He is the new Resident Representative of the HCSA, which among others functions as a branch office of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the South Asia Institute (SAI) in New Delhi, India. Previously, Carciumaru was lecturer and senior research assistant with the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute.
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.