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Film Screening and Talk on K-Pop

A documentary about Korean Indie Rock organized by Cluster members Stefan Knoob und Harald Fuess will be screened at the KJC on October 24. Before the screening, Co-producer Associate Professor Stephen Epstein from Victoria University of Wellington will give an introduction to the topic. 

Talk on Mediatic Forms of Nationalism in Digital India

Dr. Sahana Udupa, Associate Professor at the Central European University in Budapest, will give a talk on "Faith Online: Mediatic Forms of Nationalism in Digital India". It will take place on October 24, at 11 am, at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

New Book on Egyptomania in Early Modern Europe

Dr. Friederike Werner, Cluster member from 2012 to 2015, will publish the volume “Ägyptomanie in Preußen – Die Tafelskulptur zur Hochzeit im Königshaus 1804” on the research results of the Cluster’s project MC 14.2 “Materialising Memories” at the end of October. Her book investigates the history and meaning of a royal table centrepiece which is kept in the Schlossmuseum Darmstadt.

Keynote Address by Sinan Antoon

Sinan Antoon (New York University) gave a keynote address on the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria and the challenges of representing “the ruins of ruins” faced by literary and artistic imaginations. This event, as part of the Cluster’s Annual Conference, took place on Thursday, October 13.

Keynote Address by Nayanjot Lahiri

On Wednesday, October 13, Prof. Nayanjot Lahiri (Ashoka University, Delhi) opened the Cluster’s Annual Conference by giving a keynote address about the influence of politics on the archaeological heritage of India and its people in the post-independence era.

New Book on Exhibitions of Contemporary Chinese Art

Dr. phil. Franziska Koch, Assistant Professor of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), published her dissertation entitled “Die ‘chinesische Avantgarde’ und das Dispositiv der Ausstellung” with transcript.


New site offering information on research published by the Cluster and its members.


Media Reports

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.

Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels.

Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.

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Short News

  • On October 26, Prof. Barbara Mittler will give a talk named “Ex Oriente Lux? China und die Macht der Musik – von Yao bis Mao”. In the talk, Prof. Mittler will question how and when is music “politicised”, precisely when the music takes on certain social and religious functions. The talk will then scrutinise the ideas and practices of “music” in the power play between Europe and China, to show how influential the old philosophical notion of the power of music still is in contemporary China, and how it is understood and utilized in China’s current society. The event will take place as part of the "Wednesday lectures" at 6 p.m. in IG-Farben-Haus, room 411, at Goethe University Frankfurt.

  • Prof. Barbara Mittler, Acting Director of the Cluster and Prof. Thomas Maissen, former co-director of the Cluster took part in a discussion focusing on the role of the humanities in the field of politics, art and media. The video of the interview is available online and took place as part of the series “Max meets Lisa”. The video series “Max meets Lisa” is jointly produced by the Max Weber Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The purpose of the format is to shed light on relevant and contemporary questions of humanities by interviewing representatives from this research field. The video discussion is available here.

Donations for Nepal

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


  • Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies

    Students in front of project posters

    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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  • Research Area A: Governance & Administration

    Citizen Plaza Tokyo

    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

    Japanese musicians playing European instruments

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage

    Great Wall in China

    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



  • Heidelberg Research Architecture

    Lady drawing a database sketch

    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.