Heidelberg Research Architecture at the Annual Conference
Oct 07, 2011
The Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) presents a poster exhibition throughout the Cluster’s Annual Conference. The researchers introduce selected digital humanities projects and inform about digital resources.
Among others, the “Encyclopedia Database” was introduced on posters conceptualised and presented by Kaja Müller-Wang. The purpose of the “Encyclopedia Database” is to “make the hidden grammars of transculturality visible”. Therefore, various sources materials are selected according to a list of 18 keywords and digitalized in the database. The development of the database is part of the research project HRA 15 / D11 “Hidden Grammers of Transculturality” which is coordinated by Prof. Barbara Mittler, Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Prof. Joachim Kurtz, Kaja Müller-Wang and Jens Petersen.
Another project presented by Kaja Müller-Wang was the “WSC Database”. The project aims to understand the distribution and transformation of Euro-American knowledge in late imperial China (about 1600-1911) through the reconstruction of Chinese scientific terminologies coined, altered, disputed and successively refined since the early nineteenth century. The bibliographical database documents translations of Western science and thought into Chinese including data such as author, translator, title, publisher etc. At present, the database contains more than 8000 primary and 2000 secondary texts, including about 800 late imperial Chinese periodicals. The development of the database is part of the HRA project 5 “Modern Chinese Scientific Terminologies” coordinated by Prof. Joachim Kurtz, Jens Østergård Petersen, Kaja Müller-Wang and Prof. Iwo Amelung.
Further projects presented at the Cluster’s Annual Conference included "Chinese Entertainment Newspapers", which focuses on a special type of newspapers in China known as the Xiaobao, the "Turkologischer Anzeiger/Turkology Annual", an indispensable systematic bibliography for Turkology and Ottoman Studies, "Chinese Women's Magazines in the Late Qing and Early Republican Period", the "Chinese Comic Database", the "Abou Naddara Collection" with James Sanua’s complete works and "A new Mirror of Kāśī" with a representation of Kailāsanātha Sukula'shistorical map Kāśīdarpaṇa.
The Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) serves as an umbrella for IT scientists, software developers, database architects, academically trained professionals in e-learning as well as IT support staff to collaborate with researchers and students at the Cluster to form an integrated digital humanities environment for interdisciplinary and internationally distributed studies of transcultural dynamics.
The HRA's agenda thus covers the entire range from developing sophisticated metadata frameworks for making transcultural relations traceable and analyzable across diverse media types (texts, images, films, audio) and disparate objects (texts, concepts, social networks) to offering IT support for the Karl Jaspers Centre. In its strategy, the HRA is advised by a board of Cluster researchers and IT experts chaired by Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner.
The Annual Conference 2011 of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” took place from October 5 to 7 at Heidelberg University. About 100 scholars from the Cluster and around the globe discussed the conference theme “Frontiers of Knowledge: Health, Environment and the History of Science”. The conference was organised by Research Area C “Health & Environment” chaired by Prof. Harald Fuess.
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