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The summer semester has started as planned on April 20. Because of the rules on social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus all courses are held in a virtual format. Details on the courses and their implementation can be found on LSF and Moodle. General information provided by the University can be found here.

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Monica Juneja receives Opus Magnum from the Volkswagen Foundation

Monica Juneja, the professor of Global Art History at the HCTS, was recently awarded a one-year Opus Magnum from the Volkswagen Foundation for the funding of her ongoing research project in the field of Global Art History. The allocation will support the publication of a monography titled "Can Art History be made Global? A Discipline in Transition," which is expected for the next year.

Carsten Wergin and Christiane Brosius successful in the first round of "HeiCONNECT 2020"

The project "Provenance and Repatriation: Challenges and Potentials," led by PD Dr. Carsten Wergin, is among the first to receive funding from Heidelberg University’s new Flagship Initiative "Transforming Cultural Heritage." Hosted at the Professorship of Visual and Media Anthropology at the HCTS, it will examine the restitution of artefacts and repatriation of human remains as transcultural processes of connectivity and healing.  

Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki publish edited volume on Caring for Old Age in South Asia

Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki have just published their edited volume "Caring for Old Age. Perspectives from South Asia" in the "Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality" series with HeiUP.

New book on Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China published

HCTS members Martin Hofmann and Joachim Kurtz, together with Ari Daniel Levine, have co-edited the volume Powerful Arguments: Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China, published by Brill.

Global Art History receives "Social Innovation Grant" to reorient global art research and museum work

The Professorship of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), together with five other institutes at renowned universities in Canada, Great Britain and the Netherlands, has now received a “Social Innovation Grant” for the project Worlding Public Cultures: Art and Social Innovation. The project is based on the TrACE research network, committed to the worldwide networking of transnational and transcultural research and teaching in the arts.

New issue of "The Journal of Transcultural Studies" online

The latest issue of the HCTS e-journal, "The Journal of Transcultural Studies," was recently published. It features, inter alia, a written memorial in honour of the late Rudolf Wagner and a thematic section focusing on museum exhibitions of Asian-Pacific artefacts around the world.

Obituary: Rudolf G. Wagner

Prof. Rudolf G. Wagner, founding director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," passed away on October 25, 2019.

Obituary by Prof. Barbara Mittler

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  • On May 5th, 2020, the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung published an interview with Dr. Max Stille, associate member of the HCTS and managing director of NETZ e.V., under the title "70 Millionen Menschen sind bedroht." In the interview, Stille commented on the situation in Bangladesh in view of the recent Covid-19 crisis.

  • Max Stille, associate member of the HCTS and associate researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, was awarded the Walter Witzenmann Prize for the year 2020. The award was conferred on his work on "Islamic Sermons and Public Piety in Bangladesh: The Poetics of Popular Preaching." The Walter Witzenmann Prize is sponsored by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and honors the work of young researchers in the field of humanities and cultural studies.

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