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International Workshop on "Recalibrating Culture – Reconfiguring the (Trans-)Cultural"

Nov 22, 2018 - Nov 23, 2018 01:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Organiser: Barbara Mittler (Sinologie); Philipp Stoellger (Systematische Theologie)

Thinking through and beyond – in other words, "trans" – established understandings of culture, the international workshop "Recalibrating Culture – Reconfiguring the (Trans-)Cultural" sets out to rethink notions of culture, which are currently conceived as self-contained and clearly separable, man-made, stable units. Taking a critical view of this perspective, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies have for many years developed a transcultural approach. This workshop would like to expand and critically evaluate, as well as theorize the transcultural from a visual perspective: expanding visual culture into visual transculturality and reconsidering the transcultural from the visual; doing so adds new dimensions to thinking about the transcultural.

Transculturality is an established concept and field of research, not only in the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies. It needs more theory—especially in face of, for example, new naturalisms, 'post-culturalisms' and others—such as new perspectives on nature/culture-configurations. The aim of the workshop is to focus the perspective with regard to visual and iconic configurations of transculturality, to look for revisions, and use the concept of configurations, because figures, figuration and their configurations are epistemic, ethic, and aesthetic concepts of description and conceptualization.

Program

Thursday, November 22nd

14.00
INTRODUCTION
Wann, wieso und warum: Recalibrating Culture
Philipp Stoellger & Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg University)

14.30-16.30
KEYNOTE 1
Digitalität, Globalität und der Verfall kultureller Differenz. Zur Kritik algorithmischer Rationalisierung
Dieter Mersch (Züricher Hochschule der Künste)

16.30 BREAK

16.45-17.30
The Trajectory of a Viral Image: On the Afterlife of the Alan Kurdi Image
Avishek Ray (National Institute of Technology Silchar)

17.30 BREAK

18.00-20.00
KEYNOTE 2
The Hunter and the Squirrel – Possibilities and Limits of a Post-Anthropocentric Art History.
Monica Juneja (Heidelberg University)

20.15 DINNER

Friday, November 23rd

9.15-11.15
KEYNOTE 3
Of Trees and the Wood, Cultures and CULTURE
Rudolf Wagner (Heidelberg University)

11.15 BREAK

11.30-12.15
Umwelt and Innenwelt: The Experience of Environmental Transformation
Sophie Roche (Heidelberg University/Goethe University Frankfurt)

12.15-13.00
To Live a ''Folk Life": Visual Documents of "Local Culture" in Late Colonial Taiwan (1941-45)
Kuo-An Ma (National Center for Photography)

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00 -14.45
‘A little more than just literature’: Representations of the ‘(trans-)cultural’ Finance Capital in Audio- Visual Advertisements in the Post-demonetization India
Sourav Kargupta (Independent postdoctoral scholar)

14.45-15.30
Visualising Value: Transculturing Passports
Prem Poddar (Roskilde University)

15.30-16.15
Formation and Transformation of Virgin Mary's Image in Ming-Dynasty China
Simon Yin (Hefei University of Technology)

16.15 BREAK

16.30-18.30
KEYNOTE 4
Iconic Presence and Real Presence: The Double Evidence of Images in Religion
Hans Belting (HGF Karlsruhe)

DINNER

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