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Our Goal

The conference aims to foster an international discourse on Transcultural Studies and contemporaneous methodological understandings. It invites Masters and PhD s students who are performing research employing or relating to transcultural theory to participate and engage in the workshop. Organized and managed by students at the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, the conference is expected to be continued as an annual student conference in which advanced students
of all fields and places can meet.

Our Focus

The conference bases on the perspective that cultures are not contained within ethnically closed, linguistically homogenous and territorially bounded spheres. Instead they are constituted as a process through transformations and entanglements that follow from contacts and relationships between various agents, concepts and institutions. This process is called “Transculturation”. Transcultural Studies combine methodological and theoretical approaches from a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. As such, the workshop includes the fields of political science, History, Sociology, Anthropology, History of Art, Economy, Culture Studies and more.

Our Research Interest

The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) was established in October 2007. The institute’s projects dispute the premise that cultures are homogeneous, self-contained entities and aim to re-examine the formation of cultural boundaries, the processes of their formation, and their role in academic discourse. Whether it is used as a theoretical framework or as a methodology, transcultural theories encourage the reconsideration of old paradigms while simultaneously opening a space for dissent with dominant discourses. To what extent do these voices of dissent amount to a form of activism or become agents of change? Conversely, how do developments in contemporary politics and culture inform or shape our academic discourse?

For our 2019 student conference Voices of Dissent: Transculturality and Activism, we invite paper proposals that utilize transcultural theories to address the above questions either in a contemporary or a historical context. We welcome submissions from fields such as history, cultural studies, political science, gender studies, media studies, art history, anthropology, religious studies, and any other disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) possibilities that may identify with the transcultural ethos or find utility in its theories. In addition to the traditional format of oral presentation, we aspire to create a platform of innovation and experimentation with our conference and thus are open to proposals of unconventional formats.

Our Team

The conference is managed by Master´s and PhD students.


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Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg, Germany

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