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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

Can transculturation be looked at practically? In recent times multiculturalism has become a staple term for policy making in many countries, being employed in a fashion that deals with issues of identity and society in politics, international relations, the economy, culture and others. Aspiring to challenge some of the base assumptions of multiculturalism, the idea of transculturation as a methodology has seen increasing popularity of late, although at large this popularity has remained restricted to a theoretical academic discourse. Considering this, the workshop examines transculturation as a thought tool for practical implementation, both “real world” and academic. The workshop will strive to maintain the division set by the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, and discuss the topic in hand via three general lenses as will be embodied in the different panels: 1) Society, Economy and Government, 2) Knowledge, Belief and Religion, and finally 3) Visual and Material Culture. We believe that aspiring researchers of most fields and disciplines will find it possible to match their transcultural studies research with at least one of the lenses of this workshop.

Our Team

The conference is managed by Masters 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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