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Voices of Dissent: Transculturality and Activism


Transcultural Studies Student Conference

Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies

in cooperation with StudierendenRat Heidelberg University

Heidelberg, May 10, 2019 | Karl Jaspers Centre

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.

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© Matt Henry | Street art in Toronto, Canada


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Call for Papers

You can find the call for papers here.

The deadline for applications is March 7, 2019.


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

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