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Impressive Career Steps of Post-Docs

Oct 23, 2014

The post-doctoral scholars of the Cluster successfully develop their careers. Most recently, Michael Falser completed his habilitation. Roland Wenzlhuemer, Antje Flüchter and Susan Richter were offered professorships at renowned universities. The Cluster provides innovative career paths for young top-level scholars.

Michael Falser completed his habilitation process with a thesis on the transformation of the Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat from an object of colonial archaeology to a contemporary global icon of cultural heritage. His habilitation titled "Heritage as a transcultural concept. From Plaster Casts to Exhibition Pavilions – Translating Angkor Wat for the French Colonial métropole (1867–1937)" will be published in 2016 in the De Gruyter Verlag. PD Dr. Michael Falser is leader of the Cluster's research project D18 "Picturesque Modernities". During the first funding period of the Cluster, he coordinated the research project D12 "Heritage as a Transcultural Concept". Moreover, he is affiliated with the Chair of Global Art History held by Prof. Monica Juneja. His research interests include art and architectural history, and cultural heritage studies with a focus on Southeast Asia.

Roland Wenzlhuemer accepted an offer by Heidelberg University to become Professor of Modern History at Heidelberg University. A few months earlier, he was offered the Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Innsbruck, while he researched as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel. Prof. Dr. Roland Wenzlhuemer is one of the Principal Investigators at the Cluster. During the first funding period, he coordinated the Junior Research Group B9 "Information Flows". In his habilitation thesis, he focused on "Transforming Global Spaces: The Telegraph, Communication and Globalization in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century”. His research interests include the history of technology as well as colonial and global history.

Antje Fluechter accepted an offer for a professorship from the University of Bielefeld. She is now Professor for Early Modern History. Previously, she was Professor for Cultural History at the University of Oslo. At the Cluster, the Principal Investigator coordinates the research groups MC3.2 "Jesuits in Asia and Europe". During the Cluster's first funding period, she managed the Junior Research Group A9 "Cultural Transfer" and was a member of the Steering Committee. In her habilitation thesis, she focused on India's statehood in the German perception between 1500 and 1700 ("Die Vielfalt der Bilder und die eine Wahrheit. Die Staatlichkeit Indiens in der deutschsprachigen Wahrnehmung, 1500-1700"). Her research interests include the history of perception, knowledge and transfer, cultural history of politics, and gender studies.

Susan Richter is now Acting Professor of the Chair of Early Modern Times at the Department of History of Heidelberg University. Previously, she was Visiting Professor in Heidelberg as well as at the Department of History of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. At the Cluster, the Principal Investigator coordinates the research group MC7 "Political Legitimation" and serves as Deputy Speaker of Research Area A "Governance & Administration". During the first funding period, she managed the Junior Research Group A4 "Bureaucracies". In her habilitation thesis, she focused on the construction of power and society in  France in the 18th century ("Pflug und Steuerruder – Konstruktionen neuer Herrschafts- und Gesellschaftsmodelle nach agronomischenVorstellungen in Frankreich und dem Alten Reich im 18. Jahrhundert anhand antiker und chinesischer Vorbilder“). Her research interests include the history of ideas, cultural and political History of the Early Modern Period with focus on Western Europe, the Holy Roman Empire and Non-European States (Asia).

These are only the very latest news from some of the Cluster's post-doctoral scholars. Of course, there is much more to report about. For example, Gerrit Jasper Schenk, who coordinated a Junior Research Group at the Cluster and then became Professor of Medieval History at the Technical University Darmstadt, organised a large exhibition on disasters in the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums Mannheim. Junior Research Group Leader Dr. Frank Grüner, who substituted Prof. PhD Harald Fuess at the Chair of Cultural Economic History at Heidelberg University during the winter semester, organised an international conference on Melancholy a few days ago. And Dr. Martin Hofmann, Assistant to the Chair of Intellectual History, is currently Visiting Professor for the Culture and Society of Modern China at the University of Leipzig. For further such information, kindly subscribe to our newsletter, which regularly reports about the activities and news of Cluster projects and its members.

The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" strongly supports the career development of young scholars and has created several innovative career paths. Independent research groups enable young scholars to coordinate their own projects and to supervise doctoral candidates. In addition, the Cluster's post-doctoral researchers can benefit from services such as the management programme "On the way to a professorship" ("Auf dem Weg zur Professur") offered by Heidelberg University in context of the Excellence Initiative. Moreover, the Cluster offers a Graduate as well as Master Programme in the fields of Transcultural Studies. As a result, the Cluster provides the framework for developing an academic career from the student level up to professorship.


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