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The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is dedicated to cross-disciplinary approaches and excellence in research focussing on transcultural processes. It is committed to theoretical research and intellectual inquiry in the field of transcultural studies, thereby seeking solutions to society's most formidable challenges in an increasingly globalized world.

The HCTS currently assembles Heidelberg faculty, international scholars and students working to understand and make understandable the complex dynamics of transcultural exchanges, which are at the foundation of all human interaction. It is dedicated to working in fields that cut across conventional disciplinary and nation-state borders, thereby fostering creative, original, speculative thinking and advancing knowledge of how we understand the world.

As a think tank the HCTS serves as a catalyst for developing new research methods and is a place to test innovative approaches to transcultural studies. It supports the development of new, also larger-scale research projects. By inviting fellows to conduct part of their research at the HCTS, it aims at establishing an international community of scholars dedicated to transcultural studies.

For this reason, it also hosts a Master’s and a Graduate Programme providing research-based teaching for junior scholars and encouraging them to  develop their own transcultural research agenda.

The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is a central institute of Heidelberg University and was founded in April 2013. It builds on the structures that were established by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" in two funding periods (2007-12, 2012-17).