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Aims and Objectives

Aim of the Cluster is to enhance the understanding of the multi-layered interactions between and within Asia and Europe - an area of great significance for academia as well as for contemporary society and politics. We achieve this by examining the processes of exchange between cultures and establishing the concept of transculturality as a basic approach in the humanities and social sciences.

In the first funding period from 2008 to 2012, our scholars analysed the shifting asymmetries in cultural, social and political flows. Built on this foundation, we explore in the second funding period until 2017, in which dynamics the transcultural processes between and within Asia and Europe develop.

Thus, the Cluster sets out to

  • make the dynamics of transcultural interaction into a field of research with strong institutional grounding and high international impact,
  • systematically explore the analytical potential of the notion of transculturality on the empirical, conceptual and methodological levels,
  • strengthen the links between the rich expertise in Asian studies, humanities and social sciences at Heidelberg's comprehensive university,
  • increase the transcultural research potential by creating career paths for young scholars and by working with Asian institutions and scholars rather than just on Asia.