Conference in Kalimpong
Research project D19 "Kalimpong as a 'contact zone'", directed by Prof. Birgit Kellner and Dr. Markus Viehbeck, organises a conference in Kalimpong, India, from March 6 - 8. Under the title "Transcultural Encounters in the Himalayan Borderlands: Kalimpong as a 'Contact Zone'", international scholars will discuss the cultural history of Kalimpong and the Eastern Himalayas.
Theatre Play "Man in the Holocene"
The theatre play "Man in the Holocene" by Max Frisch was staged in German on February 22 and 23 at artes liberales - universitas in Heidelberg. The event was organised by project D17 "Images of Disasters" in collaboration with artes liberales - universitas in context of the exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute - Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe".
Workshop on Ageing in South Asia and Europe
"New Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe" was the topic of an international workshop in New Delhi from February 24 to 26, 2015. It was organised by research project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context", which is coordinated by Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Andreas Kruse and Prof. Axel Michaels.
International Research Award in Global History 2015
The Universities of Heidelberg, Basel and Sydney are proud to announce that Dr. Adam Clulow is the recipient of the International Research Award in Global History 2015, for his conference "The Global Company".
Getty Fellowship for Monica Juneja
Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja will research at the Getty Research Institute from April to June. The Getty is one of the world's leading institutions dedicated to the visual arts. During her residency Prof. Juneja will work on her book "Can Art History be made global? A Discipline in transition", based on the Heinrich Wölfflin lectures which she delivered at the University of Zürich in Spring 2014.
Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, leader of the Junior Research Group "Transcultural Justice", will give a talk on February 22, 2015, on "The Morality of Evil: (Self-)Defense Strategies of Nazi Perpetrators" at the conference "Writing Retribution: Holocaust Justice and its Meaning" at the University of Florida, USA.
Dr. Sophie Roche, leader of Junior Research Group "Demographic Turn", will be Visiting Professor at the Institut d'études de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM) in Paris. During March 2015, she will give a number of lectures on various topics of her research field, such as migrants and Islam, Russia's religious politics, or the role of women in Central Asia.
Radu Carciumaru is heading the Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) from February 2015 onwards. He is the new Resident Representative of the HCSA, which among others functions as a branch office of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the South Asia Institute (SAI) in New Delhi, India. Previously, Carciumaru was lecturer and senior research assistant with the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute.
Dr. Orion Klautau, member of project MC7 ("Political Legitimation"), was hired as Associate Professor at Tohoku University, Japan. Before taking up his new position in April 2015, he will coordinate the Santander International Winter School, which will take place this March at Kyoto University, under the title “What is Caesar’s, what is God’s? A transcultural Perspective on the Legitimation of the political and religious Spheres”.
Björn-Ole Kamm, lecturer of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies, becomes project specific assistant professor at the Graduate School of Letters of Kyoto University. He will take up his new position in March 2015.
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.