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Welcome of new GPTS scholarship holders

Dec 12, 2016

On October 24, the Cluster “Asia and Europe” welcomed seven new doctoral students to its Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS). For three academic years, this eighth generation of GPTS students have now got the chance to conduct their doctoral research at the Cluster. For the first time, the GPTS additionally offered associated memberships.

The candidates were selected from among more than 80 applications from over 40 countries, including South Korea, Italy, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Turkey, France, Russia, Pakistan, Sweden and Germany. The list of disciplines represented by the applicants included Anthropology, Art History, Chinese Studies, History, Islamic Studies and Transcultural Studies.

The members of the 8th generation of the GPTS were selected in a highly competitive process. Based on an in-depth written applications, the ten most promising candidates were selected for individual interviews with the selection committee. The seven new members have joined the Cluster at the beginning of October to start their three years in the GPTS. Five of the new members will also receive a monthly scholarship. These are: Sijia Cheng (“A Cultural History of Animal Waste in Late Imperial China”), Maksym Grinenkos („Transwar Japanese Foreign Resource Trade, 1930–1960”), Dikshya Karki (“Cinematic Kathmandu”), Aida Murtic (“Transcultural Urban Landscape: Towards Reading Spatial Images of Sarajevo”) and Lisa Zhang (“Chinese Philosophy as Translingual Practice”).

For the first time, the GPTS additionally offered associated membership to some of the finalists. The five GPTS scholarship holders are therefore joined by Rosanna Sirignano, who receives a grant by the Geschwister Supp-Stiftung for her project on “Female anthropologists in the Arab world: European Orientalism and Palestinian culture in the field notes of Hilma Granqvist (1890-1972)”, as well as Kyonghee Lee who works on her project “Conservative-reformist visions of rural self-governance in East Asia in the interwar period” as part of the joint research project “East Asian Uses of the European Past: Tracing Braided Chronotypes” funded by HERA.

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”. 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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