Workshop with Lung Ying-tai
On Wednesday, July 6, the Cluster "Asia and Europe" welcomed Lung Ying-tai, former first Minister of Culture in Taiwan and Hung Leung Hao Ling Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong, at Karl-Jaspers Centre. In the course of the Workshop "Between Politics and Literature - Lung Ying-tai on Split Memories of China" Lung Ying-tai talked about her literary work and experience to many interested students, scholars and guest auditors.
Partnership between HCTS and Volkswagen Foundation
Starting this year, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) has become a partner institution of a fellowship programme of the renowned Volkswagen Foundation. The "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA" enables postdoctoral fellows to conduct studies at universities and research institutes in Germany and the U.S. for up to 18 months.
Philippika Prize for Svenja Nagel
Svenja Nagel, associate member of the Cluster, has received the Philippika Prize by publishing house Harrassowitz for her outstanding Ph.D. thesis on the expansion of the cult of Isis in the Roman Empire. The awarding ceremony was held on July 8 at Heidelberg University.
Guest Lecture by Lin Chen-kuo
On Tuesday, July 12, Prof. Lin Chen-kuo (National Chengchi University) will give a lecture on the topic “What Can We Learn from Medieval Chinese Sources about Indian Buddhist Epistemology?”. The lecture will take place at Karl Jaspers Center on behalf of Cluster Research Group MC 13.1 “Standards of Validity”.
Workshops on Smart Cities in India
The Heidelberg Centre South Asia in New Delhi, a branch office of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", the South Asia Institute (SAI) and Heidelberg University, organizes four workshops in India on “Smart City: Infrastructure & Mobility in the 21st century”. They will take place in Kolkata, Cochin, Pune and Bangalore.
New Book on Socialist Religion in 19th-century France
A new publication by Dr. Julian Strube, which examines socialist religion and the emergence of occultism in the nineteenth century France, was recently published by De Gruyter. The volume is the publication of his dissertation, which he reworked during his time at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe".
Latest Newsletter Issue
Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.
Unispiegel reported about several activities by Cluster members.
Brand eins portrayed Axel Michaels.
Bild der Wissenschaft cited Joseph Maran.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.
Prof. Harald Fuess, Chair for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", was appointed as Project Professor at Kyoto University under the “Kyoto University Top Global Program". This platform builds on networks with world-leading partner institutions to develop collaborative research projects and teaching. The bridge professorship of Harald Fuess includes membership in the scientific committee of the newly-established module on “Asian and Transcultural Studies.” Professor Fuess will use this new role to further promote academic exchange between the universities of Heidelberg and Kyoto.
Prof. Barbara Mittler declined an offer for the position of Director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. Prof. Mittler will remain in Heidelberg, where she is Director of the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies/Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" as well as a Professor for Chinese Studies.
Donations for Nepal
The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.
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.