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HCTS welcomes New MATS Students

Nov 13, 2017

A new generation of students has arrived at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and HCTS to pursue an M.A. in Transcultural Studies. Orientation days took place on October 11-12 at the Karl Jaspers Centre, introducing students to the programme’s structure, regulations and study foci.

42 candidates were selected out of 100 applications that were received from 27 countries. The two-day event started with a welcome address by Scientific Project Manager Dr. Oliver Lamers, who gave the students a general introduction to the Cluster "Asia and Europe" as well as the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies. Marian Gallenkamp (MATS examination office) and Dr. Takuma Melber (MATS programme coordinator) then introduced the new students to the aims, structure and regulations of the MA Transcultural Studies, providing an overview of their first semester and an outlook on their two years of study in Heidelberg. At the end of the first day, students had the opportunity to an informal get-together with and organized by the MATS-Fachschaft.

On the second day of the Orientation Days students met the HCTS Professors, who introduced their professorships and research, followed by a final session and Q&A with the programme’s Focus Advisors Dr. Franziska Koch, Dr. Markus Viehbeck and Dr. Takahiro Yamamoto. Dr. Catherine Bublatzky, who is the fourth Focus Advisor, was not able to attend the Orientation Days. This semester’s curriculum covers a wide range of topics such as approaching media worlds in Asia (Prof. Christiane Brosius), curating in a globally connected art world (Prof. Monica Juneja), global economic history (Prof. Harald Fuess) or border conflicts in East Asia (Dr. Martin Hofmann).

The M.A. Transcultural Studies is a two-year full-time programme. At the end of their first semester, students choose one of the following three study foci for specialization: "Knowledge, Belief and Religion", "Society, Economy and Governance", or "Visual, Media and Material Culture".  During their first year of studies, students attend seminars and lectures that introduce them to the methods and theories of Transcultural Studies as well as to specific topics within their study focus. The third semester may be used as a mobility window (e.g. study exchange or research internship) or for further specialization in various research fields; while the fourth semester is spent writing the master thesis.

Since the M.A. in Transcultural Studies started at the Cluster in 2011, it has attracted growing interest from around the world, resulting in constantly high numbers of applications from Germany and abroad.

Find more information on the M.A. Transcultural Studies website.


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