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Conference: "New Directions in Transcultural Studies"

Key visuals of the four Cluster Research Areas (clockwise): Governance & Administration, Knowledge Systems, Historicities & Heritage, Public Spheres
Oct 31, 2019

To academically frame the continuation of the transcultural agenda at the moment of transition from Cluster to HCTS, the Cluster invites members of Heidelberg University to participate in the one-day conference "New Directions in Transcultural Studies" on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The HCTS welcomes contributions with a view to critically examining concepts and methods that have shaped the formation of the field of Transcultural Studies and its agenda over the past decade. We hope to carry the discussion further to point to new directions of growth – to fresh questions and impulses. We would encourage in particular those scholars who had participated in the activities of the Cluster Asia and Europe to join this shared conversation.

How can the transcultural approach be further refined? How can the nexus between transculturality and individual disciplines be further explored? What can individual disciplines do for Transcultural Studies and how can different disciplines benefit from Transcultural Studies? What are the possibilities and limits of a concept of culture beyond anthropocentrism? Where do we come up against the limits of a transcultural approach?

How useful is a transcultural perspective in bringing a fresh view to controversial debates of the present – such as the restitution cultural objects or understanding the rise of populism, to name only two examples.





Welcome | Barbara Mittler

9.15 – 10.00

Transculturalism beyond Dualism: a response to Rudolf G. Wagner () |  William Sax

10.00 – 11.00

Panel 1: Ambivalent Enmity | Johannes Becke, Nikolas Jaspert, Joachim Kurtz

11.00 – 11.15  Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15

Panel 2: Transcultural and Buddhist Studies | Sharon Chi, Hou Xiaoming (Paris), Francesca Tarocco (Venice). Chair: Michael Radich

12.15 – 13.15

Panel 3:  What are museums good for in the 21st century – a transcultural approach | Stefanie Gänger, Monica Juneja, Lina Pranaityte & Kristina Sieckmeyer

13.15 – 14.15  Lunch

14.15 – 15.15 (parallel sessions)

Panel 4: Transcultural perspectives on (Post-) Migration | Anne R. Petersen (Copenhagen) in conversation with Cathrine Bublatzky. Chair: Russell O’Riagain

Panel 5: Mountains and Sino-US Transcultural Dynamics | Qiuzi Guo, Chang Liu, Quan Liu, Ruxin Jia. Chair: Ruixuan Chen

15.15 – 16.15 (parallel sessions)

Panel 6: Transculturality – a perspective for Gender Studies | Julia Roth (Bielefeld) in conversation with Johanna Ziebritzki. Chair: Monica Juneja

Panel 7: Diversity in STEM-Communities: Intertwining Perspectives on a Transcultural Field | Pietro Barabaschi, Fabio Cismondi, Benoît Fourestié, Giulia Pelillo-Hestermeyer. Chair: Harald Fuess

16.15 – 16.30  Coffee Break

16.30-17.30 (parallel sessions)

Panel 8: Iteration as Method: Returning to our Conceptual Place of Departure with New Insights | Emily Graf, Marina Rudyak, Petra Thiel. Chair: Michael Radich

Panel 9: Transcultural Concepts | Sara Keller (Erfurt), Antonio Rigopoulos (Venice), Egas Moniz Bandeira. Chair: Joachim Kurtz

17.30 – 18.30

Concluding Round Table | Hans Harder, Monica Juneja, Joachim Kurtz, Michael Radich, Guido Sprenger.  Chair: Barbara Mittler


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