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HCTS welcomes New GPTS Students

Nov 01, 2017

On October 5, the Cluster “Asia and Europe” welcomed six new doctoral students to its Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS). For three academic years, this ninth generation of GPTS students have got the chance to conduct their doctoral research at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies.

The candidates were selected from among more than 90 applications from over 28 countries, including India, China, Russia, Iran, South Korea, Nigeria, Brazil and many European countries. The list of disciplines represented by the applicants included Anthropology, Art History, Chinese Studies, History, Museum Studies, Global Studies, Development Studies and Transcultural Studies.

The members of the 9th generation of the GPTS were selected in a highly competitive process. Based on an in-depth written applications, the twelve most promising candidates were selected for individual interviews with the selection committee. The six new members joined the Heidelberg Center of Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at the beginning of October to start their three years in the GPTS and will receive a monthly scholarship.

The new GPTS students come from China, India, Canada, Russia and the USA and their topics range from Japanese, Chinese and Transcultural Studies to East European History, Art History and Pre- and Protohistory. Two of the new members were already students in the M.A. Transcultural Studies, which is also situated at the HCTS.

The members of GPTS-9 are:

Bethany Hucks
"Ebb and Flow: Multi-faceted Exchanges and Socio-Cultural Dynamics between Imperial Rome and Protectorate Egypt as Expressed through Public and Private Aegyptiaca Romana"

Chang Liu
"Recording Industry's Wasted Moves: On the Transnational and Environmental Dimension of Recording Industry's Waste"

Silviu Catalin Rusneac Oblea
"Japan in Romania in Global History: The Tripartite Pact as a Site of European-Asian Encounters"

Nandini Thilak
"Inscribing the City: Women Patrons of Architecture in 18th and 19th century Jodhpur"

Roman Tsirulev
"Russian Empire in the Far East: Colonialism and Nation Building in a European and Asian Empire"

 Mengxi Zhao
"Tracing the Circulation of Chinese Famine Relief Plant Books in Asia and Europe, ca. 1400–1900"

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies, initiated in 2008, is a central pillar of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” and the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies. The GPTS provides a structured doctoral programme with an interdisciplinary approach. It combines the European model of highly individualised doctoral studies with a system of guided courses. Supervision is provided by a mentoring scheme during a term of three academic years.

For further information visit the website of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies.


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  • The new GPTS students with Acting Director Prof. Barbara Mittler and Graduate Programme Manager Jule Nowoitnick