Symposium: The Family in the History of Central Asia
The family in the history of Central Asia is the topic of symposium organised by the Junior Research Group "Demographic Turn" coordinated by Dr. Sophie Roche. The event takes place at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg from November 26 to 28, 2014.
International Workshop on Transmarine Relations
New perspectives on the transmarine relations between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean are the focus of a workshop of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. The event will be held at Heidelberg University on November 27 and 28.
Conference on EurAsian Objects
Art and material culture in global exchange between 1600 and 1800 was the topic of a conference organised by Anna Grasskamp with the Chair of Global Art History and support of the research network NET1 "Arts and the Transcultural" and the two interdisciplinary research groups MC16 "Modern Worlds" and MC4 "Frames". The event took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from November 21 to 23, 2014.
HCTS welcomes Applications for Fellowships
The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) now welcomes applications for fellowships starting on October 1, 2015.
Immense Interest in the M.A. Transcultural Studies
About 90 students from all over the world have been accepted this year to the M.A. Transcultural Studies. The MATS programme coordinated by Prof. Harald Fuess is the most popular study programme of Heidelberg University among international students. This academic year it will offer about 60 courses in areas such as history, religion and visual culture.
Dr. Frank Grüner (MC11.2 "Melancholy") will give a talk at the Annual Congress 2014 of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) on November 27 in Berlin. He will present research findings of his project "Gloom Goes Global: Epistemologies and Ontologies of Melancholy between Europe and Asia". The DGPPN Annual Congress is the largest scientific event of this branch with more than 10,000 participants.
A workshop on "Wartime Gender Violence: Japan and the Military Enslavement of Women in World War II" with Yuki Tanaka is organised by Dr. Kerstin von Lingen (JRG "Transcultural Justice") together with the Max Planck Institute for Public Law and International Law, and the Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials at Marburg University. The event will take place on December 9 in Heidelberg. Registration is mandatory by December 1 with Dr. von Lingen.
From November 27-28, the workshop "Nuclear Landscapes in Eastern Europe and Asia: Knowledge – Practices – Social Change" will take place at the IWH. It is organised by Prof. Tanja Penter, Chair of East European History in Heidelberg and associated member of the Cluster, together with Prof. Susanne Bauer (Frankfurt). Please register with Laura Sembritzki.
HCTS Visiting Fellow Prof. Dr. Susanne Marten-Finnis, University of Portsmouth, gives two lectures at the State University of Belarus, supported by the German embassy in Minsk, on November 4 and 5. She talks on transculturality in 1920s Berlin.
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.