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Organisation and Management

The Cluster has established the following organisation and scientific instruments:

  • An institutional platform in Heidelberg – the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Research – and its branch office in New Delhi serve as the central places for working, meetings and administrational business. The establishment of another branch office in China is planned in the future.
  • New HCTS Professorships, two Startup Professorships, several Junior Research Groups and a virtual collaboratory accessible to all researchers of the Cluster - the Heidelberg Research Architecture – have been established to foster the close connection between research and excellent educational opportunities for young researchers.
  • The Joint Committee on Transcultural Studies, which consists of scholars from different faculties, develops new courses on undergraduate and post-graduate transcultural studies in order to ensure the continuance of the programme.
  • Research at the Cluster is organised in four Research Areas (Governance and Administration, Public Spheres, Knowledge Systems, Historicities and Heritage). The Cluster supports well-connected individual as well as the fields of work joint research projects. The Research Areas are closely intertwined, as the fields of work go beyond sharing the institutional and educational organisation of the Cluster. Although each Research Area deals with different topics, the same structural questions provide a common basis for all.