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Call for Papers: International workshop “Recalibrating Culture”

Aug 24, 2018

The international workshop “Recalibrating Culture–Reconfiguring the (Trans-)Cultural” will take place at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies from November 22-24. It is both a part and the highlight of the HCTS Interactive Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture–Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural." Papers can be submitted until September 25, 2018.

Thinking through and beyond – in other words, "trans" – established understandings of culture, the international workshop "Recalibrating Culture – Reconfiguring the (Trans-)Cultural" sets out to rethink notions of culture, which are currently conceived as self-contained and clearly separable, man-made, stable units. Taking a critical view of this perspective, the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies have for many years developed a transcultural approach. This workshop would like to expand and critically evaluate, as well as theorize the transcultural from a visual perspective: expanding visual culture into visual transculturality and reconsidering the transcultural from the visual; doing so adds new dimensions to thinking about the transcultural.

Transculturality is an established concept and field of research, not only in the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies. It needs more theory—especially in face of, for example, new naturalisms, 'post-culturalisms' and others—such as new perspectives on nature/culture-configurations. The aim of the workshop is to focus the perspective with regard to visual and iconic configurations of transculturality, to look for revisions, and use the concept of configurations, because figures, figuration and their configurations are epistemic, ethic, and aesthetic concepts of description and conceptualization.

The workshop is the highlight and culmination of the ongoing HCTS Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture–Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural – C’est quoi la (trans-)culture?" to which Steven Connor (Cambridge University), W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago), Antoine Hennion (École Mines Paris Tech, Paris), Gisèle Sapiro and Jacques Revel (both EHESS, Paris), David Alworth (Harvard University), Burkhard Liebsch (Bochum University), and Gottfried Boehm (eikones Basel) have and will contribute throughout this academic year. Keynote speakers at the workshop include, amongst others, Dieter Mersch (Züricher Hochschule der Künste), Markus Gabriel (Bonn University), Christoph Wulff (Freie Universität Berlin), Hans Belting (ZKM Karlsruhe), and Monica Juneja (Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies).

The aim of theworkshop is to bring together these well-established senior scholars with young and emerging academics, thus fostering a creative as well as antagonistic dialogue between past and future key players from various disciplines and fields.


The conference will be English, French, and German.

Paper abstracts are to be submitted by September 25, 2018. You can find more information on the call for papers below:


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