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Mission

With a dedication to cross-disciplinary dialogue and excellence in scholarship, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) pursues its goal of seeking solutions to society's most formidable challenges. It is committed to theoretical research and intellectual inquiry in the field of transcultural studies, as it aims to provide leadership on themes relevant to an increasingly globalised world. Accordingly, Fellows are encouraged to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any field but with a focus on the dynamics of transculturality. The HCTS aims to enhance and internationalise research in this field and to support the growth of new research activities and the development of new and larger-scale research projects with this focus.


The HCTS hopes to serve as

  • a focal point for bringing leading international scholars and students together.
  • a think tank for Heidelberg faculty, junior and senior, to reflect, conduct research, and write in a dialogue with visitors from elsewhere.
  • a laboratory for testing new ideas in transcultural studies and a catalyst for developing new research methods in this field.
  • a space for junior researchers to hone their professional skills.
  • an intellectual community for Heidelberg faculty, students, visitors and the general public.


For this purpose, the HCTS

  • brings together a steady flow of outstanding scholars both for public events and for smaller group meetings;
  • (and thus) drives forward the internationalisation of the research environment (including lasting collaborations with researchers all over the world).
  • supports creative, original, speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world;
  • promotes intellectual vigor and diversity and encourages and supports curiosity-driven research in any area of inquiry;
  • promotes interdisciplinarity and serves as a bridge between researchers from different faculties as well as universities;
  • (and thus) enriches the work that comes out of individual disciplines, building research communities and collaborations that produce  work no single scholar could produce alone.
  • provides mentoring for junior scholars and enables them to engage in a multi-disciplinary research culture;
  • (and thus) advances junior researcher's professional development.
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