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New book by Barbara Mittler and Thomas Maissen

Prof. Barbara Mittler, co-director at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, recently published "Why China did not have a Renaissance - and why that matters,"  a book co-authored with former Cluster director Prof. Thomas Maissen. The volume was published with De Gruyter and is part of the series "Critical Reading in Global Intellectual History."

Guest lecture by Christopher Gerteis

On July 12, at 4 pm, Dr. Christopher Gerteis from SOAS University of London will give a lecture on "Motorboats and Morals Education: Philanthropy, Education and the Cold War in Japan". Gerteis is DAAD viting professor at the HCTS with the Professorship of Cultural Economic History.

New volume co-authored by Susann Liebich

Dr. Susann Liebich recently co-authored the volume "The Transported Imagination: Australian Interwar Magazines and the Geographical Imaginaries of Colonial Modernity" with Dr. Victoria Kuttainen and Dr. Sarah Galletly. In July, the book will be launched at the Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). The volume was published with Cambria Press in June 2018.

HCTS Lecture by Magdolna Orosz

On July 12, at 6 pm, the next HCTS lecture takes place as part of the Tandem Fellowship "Conceptions of Mitteleuropa in early 20th century German, Austrian and Hungarian literature." Prof. Magdolna Orosz‘s talk is titled "'(Central) Europe' as Memory and Promise. A Quest for a Lost World by Stefan Zweig and Sándor Márai."

HCTS Interactive Lecture Series 2018: Antoine Hennion

The HCTS Interactive Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture – Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural – C’est quoi la (trans-)culture?" takes place from May to July and October to December. It is supported by an Activity Grant in the Transcultural Forays and features a guest lecture by Prof. Antoine Hennion from the École Mines Paris Tech on July 11.

DAAD visiting professors at the HCTS

In 2018, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies is hosting eight international guest professors. The visiting program is financed by the DAAD, the HCTS and the Toshiba International Foundation coordinated by the Professorship of Cultural Economic History.

Joachim Kurtz co-edits anniversary volume for Michael Lackner

Prof. Joachim Kurtz, Professor of Intellectual History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, co-edited the volume “Reading the Signs: Philology, History, Prognostication. Festschrift for Michael Lackner” with Prof. Iwo Amelung. It was published with Iudicium in June and honors the 65th birthday of sinologist Prof. Michael Lackner.

Guest lecture: Nada Raza from the Tate Research Centre: Asia

On June 26, Nada Raza, Research Curator at the Tate Research Centre: Asia, gave a guest lecture at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. It took place at 6 pm, and was titled “From Kochi-Muziris to the Heart of Sharjah: Coastal Biennials and the Lure of Maritime Pasts.” The lecture was organized by the Professorship of Global Art History.

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  • The HCTS recently welcomed Dr. Natalia Bachour as a new member. Since the beginning of June, she has been working on her project "The human body as remedy out of a historico-cultural and medical perspective: Studies about the knowledge transfer in the Arabian medicine of Middle Ages and modern times." It focuses on the culturally determined change of body perceptions and the procedures of transcultural knowledge sharing. Dr. Bachour is a scholar in translation studies, history of science and pharmacy, and acquired her PhD at Heidelberg University in the history of pharmacy.

  • Dr. Eliane Ettmüller, postdoctoral researcher at the HCTS, recently published the article "A submissive rebellion – women in the Islamic State," with Reim (Revista de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos). The article looks into the motivation of women who support the Islamic State (IS) and into why they are attracted to it in the first place. At the same time, it clarifies how these female followers play an important role in the evolution of this extremist group, when compared to women of other Islamist movements. Reim is a digital publication and provides open access to its readers.

Media Reports

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Prof. Barbara Mittler for "Tag für Tag."

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Prof. Christiane Brosius.

SWR2 featured Prof. Joseph Maran in radio report.

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

SWR1 broadcasted an interview with Prof. Joachim Quack (at 7:20).

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

more media reports

Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.


  • Heidelberg Research Architecture

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    The Cluster brings together a multicultural, multilingual scholarly community for purposes of research in an interdisciplinary field. Efficient collaboration among the researchers in the analysis of transcultural flows requires an IT infrastructure for data storage and exchange, communication and on-line team-work, and, importantly, for information retrieval and analysis.


  • Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies

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    The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) offers a structured PhD programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Cluster. The doctoral programme offers (a) an introduction to theories and methodologies of transcultural studies, (b) access to a well-equipped work environment supported by European and Asian institutions, (c) participation in the gathering of textual and nontextual source material, (d) support of PhD projects which are linked to the broad research fields pursued by the Cluster.  

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    Read more about the Current Graduates and their Projects ...

  • Research Area A: Governance & Administration

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    This Research Area deals with the cultural flows through which concepts, institutions and practices that have to do with governance and administration are transferred across cultures locally, regionally, or globally, and are reconfigured in a continuous but non-linear historical process.  

    All projects in Research Area A




  • Research Area B: Public Spheres

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    Central themes of Research Area B are public spheres - as media, events and spaces - that have been and are built by political and cultural flows between Asia and Europe. There are three research foci: a) aspects of mediality, visuality and textuality, b) aspects of public life, events and performance, and c) aspects of public space and urbanity.

    All projects in Research Area B ...




  • Research Area C: Knowledge Systems


    Research Area C focuses on the transfer between Asia and Europe of practices concerning, institutions for, ideas about, and perceptions of health and environment. Practice is the privileged point of access in this Research Area because the processes underlying both health and environment are juxtaposed here with the often pressing need to find a working solution.

    All projects in Research Area C ...




  • Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage

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    This Research Area analyses different concepts of histories as competing interpretations of time and space. Instead of focusing on models of unified universal or world history, it puts the emphasis on the entanglement of multiple historicities with different cultural background through cultural flows in the way in which history, memory, and their trajectory are handled. 

    All projects in Research Area D




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MATS-Orientation Days 2018

Oct 26, 2018

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Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 01, 2018

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