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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

A conference of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies


To academically frame the continuation of the transcultural agenda at the moment of transition from Cluster to HCTS, the HCTS 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.

 

Program:

 

9.00

Welcome | Barbara Mittler

9.15 – 10.00

Transcultural Studies: New Directions | Rudolf G. Wagner

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 | Huo Xiaoming, Michael Radich, Francesca Tarocco

12.15 – 13.15

Panel 3:  What are museums good for in the 21st century – a transcultural approach | Stefanie Gänger, Monica Juneja, N.N. (tbc from HCCH)

13.15 – 14.15  Lunch

14.15 – 15.15

Panel 4: Transcultural perspectives on (Post-) Migration | Anne R. Petersen 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: Davide Torri

15.15 – 16.15

Panel 6: Transculturality – a perspective for Gender Studies | Julia Roth 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, Caroline Robertson-von Trotha. Chair: Harald Fuess

16.15 – 16.30  Coffee Break

16.30-17.30

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, Antonio Rigopoulos. Chair: Joachim Kurtz

17.30 – 18.30

Concluding Round Table | Martin Dusinberre, Monica Juneja, Joachim Kurtz, Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (tbc), Michael Radich.  Chair: Barbara Mittler

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