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HCTS Interactive Lecture Series 2018 starts on May 28

The HCTS Interactive Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture – Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural – C’est quoi la (trans-)culture?" will take place from May to July and October to December 2018. It is supported through an Activity Grant in the Transcultural Forays and starts on Monday, May 28, with a guest lecture by Prof. Steven Connor from the University of Cambrigde.

Heidelberg Graduate Student Workshop at HCTS

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies is hosting the Graduate Student Workshop “Eurasian Connections“ at the Karl Jaspers Centre on May 25-26. It was organized by HCTS Professor Harald Fuess and Prof. Patrick Heinrich from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. The workshop’s participants were selected from the HCTS’ strategic partner universities.

HCTS Lecture by Barbara Beßlich

On May 24, at 6 pm, the next HCTS lecture will take place as part of the Tandem Fellowship "Conceptions of Mitteleuropa in early 20th century German, Austrian and Hungarian literature". Prof. Barbara Beßlich’s talk, is titled "Europa als Ersatz. Vielvölkerstaatsverlust und kontinentale Kompensations-Ideen bei Hugo von Hofmannsthal"

HCTS Stadtgespräch at Heidelberger Kunstverein

On Thursday, May 17, at 6 pm, the next HCTS Stadtgespräch will take place at the Heidelberger Kunstverein. It is the third event in a series initiated at the HCTS to engage in conversations with the members of the Heidelberg community. The upcoming event features a performance and concluding discussion with the Pakistani artist Naiza Khan.

Symposium „Messias-Zarathustra-Laozi-Buddha”

On May, 12, the symposium „Messias-Zarathustra-Laozi-Buddha: Prophetengestalten im globalen Kontext“ addressed the role of the prophets in a global context. The event was organised by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) in cooperation with Frankfurt University and provided the scientific context to the concert “King of Kings” by the Junge Kantorei.

First Transcultural Studies Student Conference at HCTS

On April 27, 2018, the Cluster “Asia and Europe” and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies held their first Transcultural Studies Student Conference. This inaugural conference was organized by the Cluster’s Student Association – the Fachschaft – which consists of students in the Master in Transcultural Studies at the Cluster and HCTS.

New HCTS Professor of Buddhist Studies: Michael Radich

Prof. Michael Radich took up the Professorship of Buddhist Studies at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). He joined the HCTS in January 2018 and aims at contributing to the strengthening of the scientific intersection between Buddhist Studies and Transcultural Studies.

New Issue of the E-Journal "Transcultural Studies"

The latest issue of the Cluster's E-Journal "Transcultural Studies" continues the exploration of novel interdisciplinary formats. It features four essays, which focus on the most enclosed locale and local activity as well as on complex networks and linkages between states as inextricably linked to transcultural exchanges.

Short News

  • HCTS co-director Prof. Monica Juneja is participating in the international conference "Burckhard.Renaissance - Internationale Tagung zum 200. Geburtstag von Jacob Burkhardt," which takes place at the University of Basel from May 24-26. It was organized by the university's Department of History and Department of Art History as a interdisciplinary conference to take new approaches to the works and thoughts of cultural and art historian Jacob Burckhardt. Prof. Juneja will give a talk on "To read Culture Through Art. Burckhardt in the 21st Century".

  • On Saturday, May 26, Dr. Franzsika Koch and Hyojin Lee, PhD, will give a student's workshop at the Department of Chinese Studies on "Exchanging Views on Korea Transformations of Art and History". The joint block session of two Korea-related MA-Transcultural Studies seminars, will consist of two lectures and nine student presentations that all discuss modern transformations of Korea in the field of art and history. The lectures focus on "Transformations of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea. A Transcultural Perspective," and "The Transformation of Modern Korea: Histories of a Divided Nation". Interested students are welcome to attend; prior registration is not required.

Media Reports

hr2 Kultur interviews Prof. Barbara Mittler for „Das aktuelle Kulturgespräch.“

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

SWR2 features Prof. Joseph Maran in radio report.

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

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

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast 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.


  • 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.  

    Read more about the Graduate Programme ...

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

  • 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.

    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

    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.



Upcoming Events

May 25, 2018 - May 26, 2018

Workshop: Eurasian Connections

Jul 19, 2018

Lecture by Ben Brose

Oct 10, 2018 - Oct 11, 2018

MATS-Orientation Days 2018