Cluster holds General Meeting
On Thursday afternoon, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held its General Meeting at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.
HCTS Fellows 2015/16 appointed
The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is proud to welcome renowned scholars from Heidelberg and around the world. The future Fellows will research under the theme "'In the name of Truth and Justice' – The violence of universalisms" at the Karl Jaspers Centre, starting in autumn 2015.
Heidelberg Academy Award for Jennifer Altehenger
The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities honours Dr. Jennifer Altehenger with the Academy Award 2015. The Associate Member of the Cluster receives the prize, which comes with a pursue of 6,000 Euros, for her research on "Love, Law and Legality: Marriage Law Campaigning in the Early People's Republic of China".
Book by Thomas Maissen on Swiss Heroic Tales
The latest publication by Prof. Dr. Thomas Maissen arouses great public interest. In this book, the former director of the Cluster discloses the history and meaning of heroic stories in Switzerland.
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.
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".
PD Dr. Susan Richter gave a talk titled "Transformation of a Ritual – How Europeans utilized the ploughing of the Chinese Emperors as a role model for their early modern regents" on April 18, 2015, at Fudan University, Shanghai. The talk was part of the "Leibniz Forum", organised by Fudan University and Hamburg University under the theme "Germany in China: Ideas and Arts".
Dr. Eliane Ettmüller, Associate Member of the Cluster, has been invited by the London Middle East Institute and the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies to give a talk on Egyptian satire and caricatures. The event will take place on May 5, 2015, at the SOAS main building in London. The former member of research project B1 "Satire" was the first of the Cluster's graduate students to be awarded the doctoral degree.
PD Dr. Michael Falser is Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna. During the next three months, the Cluster member will give a lecture on historiographical approaches in global art and architecture in the context of Asia, a seminar on the "Graeco-Buddhist" Style in Gandhara and another seminar on Asia in Colonial and Universal Exhibitions at the Department of Art History. In addition, he will organise an excursion discussing Orientalist architecture in Vienna.
Dr. Katja Rakow has recently published two articles. "Religious Branding and the Quest to Meet Consumer Needs: Joel Osteen's 'Message of Hope'" was published as part of "Religion and the Marketplace in the United States: New Perspectives and New Findings". "Therapeutische Kultur und Sprachpraktiken als Medium der Subjektbildung: Das Thema Heilung in Diskurs und Praxis der Lakewood Church in Texas, USA" is a chapter in "Somatisierung des Religiösen. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf den rezenten religiösen Heilungs- und Therapiemarkt".
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.