Workshop on Roles in Agricultural Developement
The workshop “Playing Development Roles: The Political Ecology of Performance in South Asian Agricultural Development” will take place on April 27 – 28 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It is organized by Dr. Andrew Flachs and Junior Research Group C15 “Agrarian Alternatives” and commences with a keynote lecture by Paul Richards from Wageningen University.
New Issue of the E-Journal "Transcultural Studies"
The latest issue of the E-Journal “Transcultural Studies” offers two individual contributions alongside the first part of the themed section “Transcultural Studies: Areas and Disciplines”. The section covers the uses of a transcultural approach for area studies and disciplines and is planned to be continued in our next issue.
New Initiative “Manly Matters” on “Tasveer Ghar”
Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy and Yousuf Saeed launched the initiative “Manly Matters - Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice”, as part of “Tasveer Ghar – The House of Images”, a Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture. The initiative seeks to move the focus of pictorial analysis to representations of maleness mostly in printed images produced for the South Asian mass market.
New Book on Post-Earthquake Nepal
"Breaking Views. Engaging Art in Post-Earthquake Nepal" is co-edited by Prof. Christiane Brosius and Sanjeev Maharjan. The volume presents photographs, interviews and essays of artists and scholars, which reflect the time after the earthquake in Nepal. It was presented at Kathmandu Triennale on 26 March 2017.
Visual Essays on Cultures of Photography
As a result of the seminar “Cultures of Photography. (Post)colonial Archives and Photography in Africa and South Asia”, visual essays by students of the M.A. Transcultural Studies at the Cluster"Asia and Europe" and of the University of Duisburg-Essen were published online. The seminar was a cooperation between Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky and Kerstin Meincke.
DAAD-JSPS Funding for Harald Fuess
Prof. Harald Fuess received funding by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for his project “Entangled Pasts in a Global Present: Gender, Labor and Citizenship”. Together with Prof. Yoko Nagahara from Kyoto University, he will organize three workshops for researchers and young scholars from both universities.
French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire
Pascal Firges, Associate Member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", published a new book on French revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire. The book investigates the emergence and development of French revolutionary political culture and its global impacts. It is based on Firges' dissertation project, which was supervised by Cluster member Prof. Thomas Maissen.
New Book on Renegades in Ottoman Elite Society
Tobias P. Graf, Associate Member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", published a new book on Christian-Europeans who converted to Islam in between 1575 and 1610. The volume places renegades in the context of Ottoman elite society and studies contacts between them and Christian Europeans. The volume is a result of Graf’s dissertation project, which was supervised by Cluster member Prof. Thomas Maissen.
New site offering information on research published by the Cluster and its members.
Latest Newsletter Issue
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. Barbara Mittler.
Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
On Monday, April 24, the Cluster "Asia and Europe" reconvenes with the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung and the German Archeological Institute in Berlin for a follow-up of the Annual Conference 2016. As a new cooperation partner, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz joints the event. "A Conversation: Negotiating Cultural Heritage. Making, Sustaining, Breaking, Sharing" invites to continue developing ideas and discuss about cultural heritage from different angels and perspectives.
Prof. Harald Fuess held a lecture within the lecture series “Japanese History in a Global Context: Endemic Violence, Global Arms Trade and the Meiji Restoration” at Kyoto University on April 19. In his lecture "Nichi-Doku Joint Lecture", Harald Fuess discussed endemic conflicts, arms deal and the Meji-restauration from a global-historical perspective with a focus on Japan. The lecture series is a cooperation between the Kyoto University European Center at Heidelberg and the Heidelberg University Office at Kyoto.
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.