HERA Funding for Joachim Kurtz
Joachim Kurtz, Professor for “Intellectual History” at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), will lead the joint research project “East Asian Uses of the European Past: Tracing Braided Chronotypes”, which is funded by HERA with 1.2 million euros. It is a collaborative project by researchers at the Universities of Heidelberg, Zurich, Madrid and the London School of Economics.
Farewell lecture by Axel Michaels
On Wednesday, July 20, Axel Michaels, director at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, gave his farewell lecture as Professor at the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia. The lecture took place at the Great Hall of the Heidelberg University and its title was "Nepal in der Welt", focusing on the history of Nepal as an example for multifaceted cultural and religious encounters.
Workshop with Lung Ying-tai
On Wednesday, July 6, the Cluster "Asia and Europe" welcomed Lung Ying-tai, former first Minister of Culture in Taiwan and Hung Leung Hao Ling Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong, at Karl-Jaspers Centre. In the course of the Workshop "Between Politics and Literature - Lung Ying-tai on Split Memories of China" Lung Ying-tai talked about her literary work and experience to many interested students, scholars and guest auditors.
Seminar on Chinese Silent Films
Prof. Paul Pickowicz, guest professor at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), offered a seminar on Chinese silent cinema in the Summer Semester of 2016. Besides discussing theories, students also produced their own silent films in the course. Their works where presented at the “Golden Chopsticks Film Gala” on July 16 at the DAI Heidelberg Cultural Center.
Partnership between HCTS and Volkswagen Foundation
Starting this year, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) has become a partner institution of a fellowship programme of the renowned Volkswagen Foundation. The "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA" enables postdoctoral fellows to conduct studies at universities and research institutes in Germany and the U.S. for up to 18 months.
Philippika Prize for Svenja Nagel
Svenja Nagel, associate member of the Cluster, has received the Philippika Prize by publishing house Harrassowitz for her outstanding Ph.D. thesis on the expansion of the cult of Isis in the Roman Empire. The awarding ceremony was held on July 8 at Heidelberg University.
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Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the “Golden Chopstick Film Gala“.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung interviewed ethnologist Sarah Besky (Brown University) about the current practice of faire trade.
Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.
Unispiegel reported about several activities by Cluster members.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.
Prof. Harald Fuess, Chair for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", was appointed Top Global Program Professor at Kyoto University under the “Kyoto University Top Global Program". This platform builds on networks with world-leading partner institutions to develop collaborative research projects and teaching. The bridge professorship of Harald Fuess includes membership in the scientific committee of the newly-established module on “Asian and Transcultural Studies.” Professor Fuess will use this new role to further promote academic exchange between the universities of Heidelberg and Kyoto.
Prof. Barbara Mittler declined an offer for the position of Director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. Prof. Mittler will remain in Heidelberg, where she is Director of the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies/Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" as well as a Professor for Chinese Studies.
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
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.