Cluster held General Meeting
On Thursday afternoon, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held its General Meeting at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies.
Julian Strube edited Special Issue of Aries
Dr. Julian Strube, postdoctoral fellow of project MC7 "Religion and Politics", has edited a special issue of the journal "Aries - Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism" on the topic "Transgressing Boundaries". It was published as the first issue in 2016 by Brill.
Research Fellowship for Lion König
Dr. Lion König, Associate Researcher of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", has been awarded a fellowship by the German Research Council (DFG) to carry out postdoctoral research at Oxford University.
Great Attention for XML Tool by HRA
The "VRA Core 4 XML Transform Tool", developed by the Heidelberg Research Architecture, was introduced by Matthias Arnold at the 3rd ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference in March. It was presented at a well-attended workshop and on a poster, that received the first prize in the category "Most inspiring". The new tool helps transforming flat data into structured schema-controlled XML or even RDF.
New Book on Politics in India and China
Dr. Lion Koenig and Dr. Bidisha Chaudhuri, both Associated Members of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", have edited the volume "Politics of the Other in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts". The book has been published by Routledge in February 2016.
Latest Newsletter Issue
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reports about Sumathi Ramaswamy receiving the Anneliese Maier Research Award.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published article by Axel Michaels.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS).
Swiss Radio and Television interviewed Barbara Mittler.
Prof. Monica Juneja will give the keynote lecture of the international conference "Global Art Challenges: Towards an Ecology of Knowledges" at the University of Barcelona. The talk with the title "The Ethnic and the Global. Tangled Trajectories of the 'Primitive' in Modern and Contemporary Art" will take place on April 28.
Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler participated in a roundtable dicussion on "The 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Legacies and Continuities". It addressed the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a campaign by Mao Zedong that resulted in violent factional struggles in 1966/67. The event took place on April 22 at the University of Cologne.
Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies
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.
Research Area A: Governance & Administration
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.
Research Area B: Public Spheres
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.
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.
Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage
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.
Heidelberg Research Architecture
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.