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Joint Committee on Transcultural Studies

The GKTS is a joint committee of the Faculties of Philosophy, Behavioral and Empirical Cultural Sciences, Chemistry and Geosciences, and the Faculty of Modern Philology, together with the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at the University of Heidelberg. The duty of the GKTS is to develop an institutional framework that links up the faculties and disciplines with the aim of promoting and coordinating research and teaching in the fields of Transcultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg, and further to advise the University Council, the Vice Chancellor’s Office, the Senate and the faculties in all matters relating to this.  

Committee's Office

Dr. Oliver Lamers (Scientific Project Manager, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe")


Prof. Dr. Jörg Riecke (Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages)


Prof. Dr. Gerald Linti (Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences)

Prof. Dr. Gerrit Kloss (Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy)

Prof. Dr. Birgit Spinath (Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies)

Two members of the Directorate of the Cluster "Asia and Europe"

Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller (Professor of Medieval History)

Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedrich Quack (Professor of Egyptology)

Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology)

Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser (Professor of Geography, South Asia Institute)

Prof. Dr. Vera Nünning (Professor of English Philology)

Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess (Professor of Cultural and Economic History)

Dr. Kerstin von Lingen (Representative of Junior Research Group Leaders, A16 "Transcultural Justice")

Dr. Markus Viehbeck (Representative of Junior Researchers, Assistant Professor Buddhist Studies)

Student representatives

Maya Berthold

Lilian Emonds

Administrative representative

Dr. Oliver Lamers (Scientific Project Manager, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe")