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M.A. Transcultural Studies welcomes Applications

The M.A. Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University welcomes applications by students from Germany until mid-September. The programme will start in October and attracts students from all over the world, who already applied until June.

International SEECHAC Colloquium in Heidelberg

The International SEECHAC (European Society for Studies of Central Asia and Himalayan Regions) Colloquium will take place from November 16 to 18 in Heidelberg. Entitled “Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance in Central Asia and the Himalayan Region — Past and Present”, this conference is jointly organized by SEECHAC and the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. The Heidelberg organizing committee is headed by Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner, Chair of Buddhist Studies. Registration is open until 15 September.

Annual Conference Online Registration opens

The Cluster/HCTS's Annual Conference "Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out" is open for registration. The conference will take place from October 7 - 9, 2015, in Heidelberg. It is organised by Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

International Conference “Theosophy Across Boundaries”

From September 24 to 26, the international conference “Theosophy Across Boundaries” will be held at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. It is organized by Research Group MC7 “Political Legitimation,” headed by Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Krämer.

New Book on the Concept of Religion

The concept of religion in 19th-century Japan is the topic of a new publication by Prof. Hans Martin Krämer, member of research projects MC5 "Global Concepts" and MC7 "Political Legitimation" and HCTS fellow in 2014/15. The book with the title "Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan" has been published by University of Hawai'i Press in 2015.

Early Modern Period Conference

The 11th conference of the working group on the early modern period in the Association of German Historians will be held from September 17-19, 2015, at Heidelberg University. The event with the title "Rethinking Early Modern Europe in a Global Perspective" is organized by the Chair for the Early Modern Period of the Department of History and supported by the Cluster "Asia and Europe".

Media Reports

ZDF History broadcasted a documentary on the Asia-Pacific war zone during World War II featuring interviews with Takuma Melber and Sven Matthiessen.

n-tv and Der Standard reported about the research of Dr. Ravi Baghel and Prof. Marcus Nüsser on Himalayan Glaciers.

SWR broadcasted a report on the SAI Nepal Day, including an interview with Prof. Axel Michaels.

Spektrum der Wissenschaft reported about aid projects in Nepal by the SAI help Nepal campaign.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius on artists in Nepal.

In the context of the earthquakes in Nepal, a number of Cluster members were in the media: ARD ­– SWRSWR2SPIEGEL ONLINEFAZBildDeutschlandfunkSWR

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Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute (SAI), supported by Cluster/HCTS members, has launched a donation campaign "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims. A monthly newsletter provides updates on their activities.

Short News

  • The weblog "Transregionale Forschung" published an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja, HCTS Professor for Global Art History. It addresses the potential and challenges of the field of transregional research. Prof. Juneja also speaks about the development and future of this field. The weblog is hosted by the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin.


  • 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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  • 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.