New Issue of the E-Journal “Transcultural Studies”
The new issue of the e-journal Transcultural Studies is now available online. It features articles by Bernd Schneidmüller, Rudolph Ng, Benjamin Zachariah, and Joyce Brodsky, in addition to a podcast of a lecture by Nikolas Jaspert.
Book "Spirits in Transcultural Skies"
"Spirits in Transcultural Skies" is a new book edited by Prof. Niels Gutschow and Dr. Katharina Weiler. It is part of the Cluster’s book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context".
Chair of Global History for Martin Dusinberre in Zurich
HCTS Associate Fellow Martin Dusinberre has been appointed Chair of Global History at the University of Zurich.
Heidelberg University hosts "Confucius Institute of the Year"
The Confucius Institute at Heidelberg University has been awarded the title "2014 Confucius Institute of the Year". The non-profit organisation is managed by Cluster member Petra Thiel together with Associate Professor Liu Nan.
Book on Chinese Investments Abroad
"Going Global" is the title of a new book by Dr. Cora Jungbluth. The former member of the Cluster's research project B12 "Rethinking Trends" analyses the investments of Chinese companies abroad.
The next issue of Heidelberg University’s research journal "Ruperto Carola" is available. Among other texts, it presents articles by the Cluster members Prof. Christiane Brosius on single women in India, Prof. Nikolas Jaspert on religious variety in medieval towns, and Prof. Andreas Kruse on aging and old age.
"Political Theory and Transculturality" is the name of a new working group initiated by the interdisciplinary research groups MC7 "Political Legitimation", MC 3.4 "Negotiating Religious Identities Among Hindu Communities in Pakistan" and the Junior Research Group B21 "Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism". The first meeting will take place on January 27, 2015. Contact persons are Jürgen Schaflechner and Dr. Katja Rakow.
Heidelberg-Tohoku Joint PhD fellowships: Heidelberg has been conducting a joint PhD degree program between Tohoku University, Faculty of Law, and Heidelberg University, Faculty of Philosophy since 2012. The Cross-National Doctoral Course (CNDC) is now recruiting the next intake of doctoral students from Heidelberg University into the program with fellowship to attend Tohoku university for one year from October 2015. Students interested to obtain this joint degree should consult with Ms. Christina Pietsch to obtain the application forms.
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.