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Centre for East Asian Studies

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Heidelberg University's Centre for East Asian Studies (ZO) was established in 2005 and houses the Institute of Chinese Studies, the Institute of East Asian Art History and the Institute of Japanese Studies. It examines the historical and contemporary dimensions of Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies and cultures. Also significant intellectual and institutional connections are created, as well as staff and student exchanges with other important area studies centres in East Asia, Europe and the United States.

Centre for European History and Culture

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The Centre for European History and Culture (ZEGK) was established in April 2005. It unifies six institutes at Heidelberg University: The Department of History, the Institute of the History of Franconia and the Palatine, the Institute of Religious Studies, the Institute of European Art History, the Department of Musicology and the Department of Eastern European History. The main goal of the Centre for European History and Culture is to increase the cooperation between the institutes, and further, to win interdisciplinary competence within the fields of teaching and research.

Centre for Studies of the Ancient World

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The Centre for Studies of the Ancient World (ZAW) was founded in 2004 and houses the Institute for Egyptology, the Department of Ancient History, the Institute for Byzantine Archaeology, the Institute for Classical Archaeology, the Institute for Papyrology and the Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory. The underlying concept is based on the idea of culture that is achieved by the abolishment of the traditional frontiers existing between philological, archaeological and historical disciplines. Furthermore, it is based on the comprehension of the ancient time, which includes the ancient orient and Egypt, as well as ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

Collaborative Research Centre "Material Text Cultures"

The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 933 “Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of the Scriptural in Non-Typographic Societies” (MTK) started its work in 2011. The aim of the research undertaken by CRC 933 is to establish the foundations for a new array of methodological instruments to be used in historical cultural studies engaging with the interpretation of texts. The central focus is on script-bearing artefacts from non-typographic societies that did not possess any or any widespread methods for the mass production of writing.

Collaborative Research Centre "Ritual Dynamics” (concluded in 2013)

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The Collaborative Research Centre 619 “Ritual Dynamics” was founded in 2002. It is an interdisciplinary research facility and the world´s largest research association exclusively investigating rituals as well as their change and dynamics. In the current project phase, 21 subprojects are subsumed in three project areas. Over 90 scientists from 15 disciplines, mostly from the field of humanities, collaborate in the SFB 619 at Heidelberg University.  

Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East

Heidelberg University’s Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East (SSKVO) belongs to the Faculty of Philosophy. Spread over different locations, it has four areas of research focusing on Assyriology, Iranian studies, Studies of the Islam, and Semitic Studies. Among other achievements, the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East has been crucial in the establishment of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 933 “Material Text Cultures” at Heidelberg University which was officially inaugurated on February 3, 2012.

South Asia Institute

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The South Asia Institute (SAI) was founded in 1962 as an interdisciplinary centre for research and academic teaching on South Asia. It focuses on the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Due to the close philological and historical bond with South Asia, the institute also takes neighbouring countries, such as Afghanistan and regions, such as Tibet into account. As a central academic institution within Heidelberg University, the South Asia Institute today has seven professorships, namely Anthropology, Development Economics, Geography, History, Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (formerly Classical Indology), Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures (formerly Modern Indology), as well as Political Science.