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Cluster mourns Rudolf G. Wagner

Oct 30, 2019

The Cluster mourns Professor Rudolf G. Wagner, who passed away on October 25, 2019 at the age of 77. Rudolf G. Wagner taught and conducted research as the professor of Sinology at the Center for East Asian Studies at Heidelberg University, and was co-initiator behind the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context."

The Cluster mourns Professor Rudolf G. Wagner, who passed away on 25 October 2019 at the age of 77.

Rudolf G. Wagner taught and conducted research as the professor of Sinology at the Center for East Asian Studies at Heidelberg University. His research interests ranged from classical Chinese philosophy to contemporary Chinese politics and beyond.

He was - together with Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch and Prof. Axel Michaels - the initiator behind the idea of and the proposal for the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," from which the Center for Asian Studies and Transcultural Studies (CATS) emerged in 2019. He co-founded one of the largest sinological libraries in Europe at Heidelberg University, and accompanied the widely acclaimed The Journal of Transcultural Studies to his final day, thus making a significant contribution to overcoming the boundaries between disciplines, always discussing the pressing issues of our time with an open view towards the world.

With his passing, the Cluster has lost an internationally recognized and admired scholar, an inspiring teacher, and a generous colleague.


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