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    Mar 24, 2017

    Sijia Chen, Graduate Student at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, received a 6-month residential scholarship to join the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, from September 1, 2017 until February 28, 2018. Sijia Chen is a Doctoral student at the Clusters Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) and her project title is “A Cultural History of Animal Waste in Late Imperial China”. The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) is a structured doctoral programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Cluster.


    Mar 23, 2017

    Prof. Harald Fuess established a Joint PhD training program in Asian and Transcultural Studies with the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, which is the foremost research center of East and South Asian Studies in Italy. The binational graduate program contains an emphasis on the history and culture of the Mediterranean region. Up to eight doctoral students per year will be able to obtain a double degree from the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and from the Faculty of Asian and African Studies at Venice University. The first cohort of jointly trained students will begin their studies in the Winter Semester 2017-18.


    Mar 20, 2017

    PD Dr. Michael Falser is invited to give a lecture at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (CSESAS) with the title “Angkor Wat: From Jungle Find to Global Icon. A Transcultural History of Heritage” on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The talk will be co-organised by the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) of Kyoto University. Michael Falser is project leader of project D18 “Picturesque Modernities,” project leader at the Chair of Global Art History and currently a visiting professor at the Fakulty of Letters, Kyoto University.


    Mar 17, 2017

    Prof. Harald Fuess was invited to give a keynote address on “Cholera, Extraterritoriality and Free Trade in Meiji Japan.”. The speech will take place on March 20 at the Department of Asian and African Studies at the Pallazzo Vendramin of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Prof. Harald Fuess holds the Chair of “Cultural Economic History” at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies.


    Mar 16, 2017

    Dr. Anna Andreeva, an associate in research at the Cluster “Asia and Europe” received a new three-year grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her new project is entitled Buddhism, Medicine, and Gender in 10th–16th Century Japan: toward a transcultural History of Women’s Health in premodern East Asia. Dr. Andreeva has been a part of the academic staff at the Cluster since 2010, where she led the research projects MC3.1 “Economies of the Sacred” and C11 “Medicine and Religion".


    Mar 14, 2017

    Prof. Harald Fuess received a total of 140.000 Euro external grants to further develop Korean Studies at Heidelberg University. The Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies and the German Research Foundation provide funds to co-finance a lectureship in Korean Studies for five years until 2022 and support a major academic conference to take place in 19-21 May 2017 on Korea in Global History. This was facilitated by Professor Fuess who negotiated an agreement with Seoul National University as main academic partner of the Cluster “Asia and Europe” in Korea.


    Mar 10, 2017

    On March 15, 2017, at 5 pm, Prof. Barbara Mittler held the 2017 Annual Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture at the Auditorium of the Asian Centre at the University of British Columbia. In her lecture entitled “Living the Cultural Revolution—Impact Events and the Making of Cultural Memory”, she explored how the all-encompassing experience of living through the Cultural Revolution has influenced the making of cultural memory in and beyond China.


    Mar 08, 2017

    Prof. Monica Juneja, Chair of "Global Art History" at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies, gave the keynote speech for the opening of the 34th German Kunsthistorikertag at Technische Universität, Dresden. The speech was titled "'Did you come here to find history?' Globalität als Horizont und Praxis für die Kunstgeschichte” and addressed the conference’s theme "Kunst lokal – Kunst global" (local art – global art).


    Mar 03, 2017

    Yu Yusen received the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad 2016. This award is a scholarship by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments. It aims to encourage research excellence and to recognize the achievements among Chinese students abroad. Yu Yusen is a member of the Cluster’s Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS). His PhD project "Timurid Chinoiserie" works on the artistic exchanges between Persia and China during the Timurid dynasty (ca. 1370–1507).


    Mar 02, 2017

    Prof. Monica Juneja, Chair of “Global Art History” at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies, curated the exhibition “Stories in Miniatures”, a collection of Indian paintings that is on display in the Kupferstich-Kabinett at the Residenzschloss in Dresden from March 3 to June 5. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalyay Museum in Mumbai and shows two virtually unknown sets of miniatures that were part of the collection of the Indologist August Wilhelm Schlegel. These paintings were produced in a workshop in Golconda in South India for a market of avid collectors in European cities like Amsterdam, Paris and London.


    Mar 01, 2017

    An info and network meeting about the initial projects of the CATS-Schülerlabor is taking place on March 7, at 10:30 a.m. at South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. With the aim of getting German high school students interested in the broad field of Asian studies, the student lab will provide workshops offering an Asian perspective to the latest topics. In addition, as the first collaborative project of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), CATS-Schülerlabor recently announced its call for teaching projects. Researchers are welcome to participate in the project by proposing teaching modules and contents to the project.


    Feb 28, 2017

    Frances Niebuhr received the Yad Hanadiv Summer Fellowship, which will give her the opportunity to stay at Tel Aviv University for six weeks from the middle of May to the end of June. During this time, she will progress in her research on Dhārī Devī temple and Srinagar Hydropower Project in Uttarakhand, India. Niebuhr was chosen from a strong group of applicants from top-tier universities around the world. Frances Niebuhr is PhD Candidate and worked on the project MC9 "Waterscapes" and on the subproject MC9.2 "Changing Sacred Waterscapes" at the Cluster "Asia and Europe".


    Feb 24, 2017

    After the upcoming summer term, Jürgen Schaflechner, Cluster member and Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, will spend a year at Princeton University. He has obtained one of the prestigious Fung Global Fellowships and will work at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) as part of a group of six international fellows on the research topic “The Culture and Politics of Resentment”.


    Feb 17, 2017

    On February 24 at 8 pm, the KlangForum Heidelberg invited Prof. Barbara Mittler, Director of the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, to a concert at the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. In the project "Neue Klänge aus dem Reich der Mitte", Asian and Europe musicians met on stage. Under the title “New sounds from the Middle Empire”, the ensembles SCHOLA HEIDELBERG and ensemble aisthesis presented contemporary compositions. Their performance was embedded in discussions that Prof. Mittler, had with the composers of these pieces. She was also present at the public rehearsal on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm at the Tankturm, where the audience had a chance to talk to the musicians and the composers.


    Feb 16, 2017

    On Tuesday, February 21, Dr. Sophie Roche gave a lecture on “The Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the Life of Migrants from Central Asia” at the Central Asia Program (CAP) at George Washington University, Washington. In her talk, she unfolded the social life of migrants in, around and through the main mosque in Moscow. On Wednesday, February 15, Dr. Roche already participated in a panel discussing the topic “Preserving Culture at the Fringes in Authoritarian States”, which took place at Duke University, Durham. In her presentation, she focused on "Muslim and Migrant in Moscow: Bazaar Workers from Tajikistan". Sophie Roche is currently leading the subproject “The Demographic Turn in the Junction of Cultures”, which is part of the project C16 “Unfolding Central Asia” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”.


    Feb 14, 2017

    Dr. Daniel Münster received a travel grant from the Foundation Fiat Panis for the project “Food Fortification in Sri Lanka: An exploration of how doctored food is used within the newly implemented nutrition and food programs”. The grant will fund Lauren Tuchman’s fieldwork in Sri Lanka for her M.A. thesis in the Master of Health and Society in South Asia, supervised by Dr. Münster. Daniel Münster is leader of Junior Research Group C 15 "Agrarian Alternatives: Agrarian Crisis, Global Concerns and the Contested Agro-Ecological Futures in South Asia" at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”.


    Feb 07, 2017

    On Friday, February 10, Swetlana Torno participated in an interdisciplinary research colloquium on migration. The colloquium was organised by the Institute of Public Health and the Department of General Practice and Health Service Research together with partners from the Psychosomatic Unit and the Institute of Anthropology at Heidelberg University. Her lecture was based on her doctoral project and focuses on „Care obligations and practices in the context of labor migration in Tajikistan“. Swetlana Torno is a Ph.D. student in the Junior Research Group "Demographic Turn in the Junction of Cultures", which is part of project C16 “Unfolding Central Asia” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”.


    Jan 27, 2017

    On Thursday, February 9, Dr. Friederike Werner presented her new Book “Ägyptomanie in Preußen - Die Tafelskulptur zur Hochzeit im Königshaus 1804” at the Palace Museum in Darmstadt. The book focuses on a Prussian bronze centerpiece in Egyptian style that has until now awaited recognitions. Friederike Werner is an Associate Member of the Cluster “Asia and Europe” and former member of Research Project MC14.2 "Aegyptiaca in Early Modern Europe and the Phenomenon of Egyptomania”.


    Jan 26, 2017

    On February 2, Prof. Barbara Mittler, Acting Director at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", gave a speech about „The Future of Classical Music? Tiger Mothers, Wolf Fathers and Music Life in China and beyond“. It focused on the development of classical music and musical education in China and was part of the festive reception for this year's visiting researchers at Heidelberg University, the German Cancer Research Center, the Max-Planck-Institutes, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the Heidelberg Institute for Theortical Studies.


    Jan 24, 2017

    Dr. Frank Grüner, Research Fellow at the Cluster and Project Coordinator of MC 11.2 “Melancholy”, gave a lecture with Dr. Karoline Thaidigsmann at lecture hall 14 of the New University of Heidelberg on January 31, 2017 at 6 pm. His lecture “Im Schatten des Imperiums. Polnische Identitätssuche nach 1989 in Andrzej Stasiuks Reiseroman Der Osten” was part of the public lecture series “Gegenwartsliteratur und Zeitdiagnostik”.


    Jan 23, 2017

    PD Dr. Michael Falser was invited to Kyoto University as a visiting professor and will be giving a lecture series on "Introduction to (Global) Art History" from February 6 to March 27, 2017. The lecture series comprises seven sessions and aims to give an introduction to the discipline of art history in general and to the most recent methodological approaches in particular. Michael Falser is project leader of project D18 “Picturesque Modernities” and project leader at the Chair of Global Art History.


    Jan 19, 2017

    Prof. Harald Fuess, who holds a bridge professorship with Kyoto University, negotiated an agreement for a Joint M.A. Degree Agreement in Transcultural Studies on behalf of Heidelberg University. This is the first joint degree between a Japanese and a European university in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through its double degree program. Rector Prof. Bernhard Eitel of Heidelberg University signed the agreement and the first group of students will enroll at Heidelberg in the winter semester 2017/2018.


    Jan 17, 2017

    Prof. Christiane Brosius and Laila Abu-Er-Rub were given a conference and fieldwork grant for their project “Forum Urban Spaces” by the Field of Focus 4 “Self-Regulation and Regulation: Individuals and Organisations”. The “Forum Urban Spaces” (ForUS) is an initiative of the chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at Heidelberg University. Since 2013 its main aim is to connect scholars across various disciplines interested in the processes of urbanization. The initiative seeks to promote new innovative ways to research city spaces and urban imaginaries transdisciplinarily and transregionally.


    Jan 13, 2017

    Julia Poerting, PhD student at the Cluster and member of the Junior Research Group C15 „Agrarian Alternatives“, received a funding support for the completion of her doctoral degree from the Graduate Academy of Heidelberg University. The completion grant supports doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctoral training. The fellowships are limited to a period of six months. 


    Jan 13, 2017

    Dr. Andrew Flachs, member of Junior Research Group “Agrarian Alternatives” and Volkswagen postdoctoral fellow, was approved a grant of 9,400 euro by the Volkswagen Foundation. With this funding he will host a workshop at the Cluster in April on the theme of “Development, Identity, and Political Ecology in South Asia”. Besides collaborating with JRG Agrarian Alternatives, Andrew Flachs is teaching a course this winter term on “The Political Ecology of Alternative Agriculture” in the M. A. Transcultural Studies.


    Jan 11, 2017

    Julia Poerting, PhD student at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", gave a talk on “Organic, Natural, Local – Hybrid Practices, Lively Soils and Conscious Consumption of Organic Agriculture in Pakistan” at the „Second International Conference on Environment: Production of Nature“ at the Lahore School of Economics in Pakistan. The conference took place from December 15-16, 2016 with researchers from Pakistan, India, USA, the United Kingdom and Germany.


    Jan 10, 2017

    Cluster Member Prof. Jörg Gengnagel accepted the call as Chair for Indology at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg. Prof. Gengnagel was part of the research projects MC9 “Waterscapes” and MC9.2 “Changing Sacred Waterscapes” at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. Besides his research at the Cluster Jörg Gengnagel had the provisional management of the chair of the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology), at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University


    Dec 22, 2016

    Yusen Yu, PhD candidate in the Graduate Programme of Transcultural Studies (GPTS-6), was awarded the MEM Graduate Student Prize for his outstanding paper on Ilkhanid-Timurid. Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is an international professional non-profit association of scholars interested in the study of the Islamic lands of the Middle East during the medieval period, defined roughly as 500-1500 C.E.. Each year the Board of Directors of MEM offers a prize for the best graduate student paper on a medieval topic at the annual Middle East Studies Association meeting.


    Dec 20, 2016

    Prof. Barbara Mittler, Acting Director at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", and former Co-Director of the Cluster, Prof. Rudolf Wagner, gave a lecture on "Vom Dissidenten zum Staatsschreiber? – Mo Yans Schnapsstadt und … wie das Blatt sich wendet". The event took place on Tuesday, December 20, at 6.15 pm at lecture hall 14 of the New University. It was part of the lecture series "Gegenwartsliteratur und Zeitdiagnostik“, which was organised by the Faculty of Modern Languages during the winter term and focused on literary works that are critical of society.


    Dec 08, 2016

    Prof. Daniel König, together with Prof. Claudia Gronemann (Mannheim University), gave a lecture under the title “Der Islam als Folie für Schreckensvisionen. Zur literarischen und gesellschaftlichen Relevanz von Boualem Sansals 2084 – das Ende der Welt “. The public event is part of the lecture series “Gegenwartsliterature und Zeitdiagnostik”. It took place at 18:15, December 13, in lecture hall 14 of the New University.


    Dec 07, 2016

    Dr. Eliane Ettmüller, Alumna and Associate Member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", gave a speech on "L’exil du patriote Abou Naddara et l’origine de la presse satirique illustrée arabe à Paris" at the seventh session of the Séminaire Transfopress at the University Paris-Diderot on December 12. At the Cluster, Dr. Ettmüller collaborated with the Heidelberg Research Architecture on the project "Abou Naddara Collection". Together, they digitalized the newspapers published by the Egyptian nationalist James Sanua (Abou Naddara) from 1878 to 1910 and made them available on an open access website.


    Dec 05, 2016

    Prof. Barbara Mittler is Scientific Coordinator of the symposium “Eindrückliche Menschenbilder – Geschlecht, Beziehung und ihre (Be)Deutungen”. The symposium brought together renowned scholars in musicology (Prof. Silke Leopold, Heidelberg), art history (Prof. Horst Bredekamp, Berlin), history (Prof. Thomas Maissen, DHI Paris, once Co-Director of the Cluster), and (German) literature (Prof. Vivian Liska, Antwerpen). They discussed the questions of the persuasive powers of the human image in its different medialities like sound, text or image. The symposium took place on December 12 and 13, 2016, at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH). It was hosted by the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina.


    Nov 29, 2016

    On November 29, at 7 pm, Cluster member Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner screened his film "Thrust Into Heaven" at the Karlstor cinema. The film deals with the highly complex issue of alleged forced conversion and marriage of Hindu women in Pakistan. It is the outcome of project MC 3.4. "Negotiating Religious Identities among Hindu Communities in Pakistan" and focuses on Sanjesh Dhanja, an activist whose NGO “Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust” promotes Pakistani-Hindus’ cultural identity and fights for their rights as equal citizens of the Islamic Republic.


    Nov 28, 2016

    On November 28, Prof. Barbara Mittler gave a talk on "Das Bild in meinem Auge. Die Genese des "chinesischen Traums" - China und Europa im langen 20. Jahrhundert". In this talk, Prof. Mittler discussed the question, why Europe has been the role model for China to such an extent that the Chinese even deny their own culture. Why does this continue even now when China has already surpassed Europe economically, socially and culturally? Her talk was part of the Studium Generale's public lecture series "Europa - Realität und Vision" and took place at the Aula of the New University at 7.30 pm.


    Nov 17, 2016

    “The Kyoto Graduate Seminar 2016 on Economic Development and Sustainability Studies” was held in Kyoto from 9th to 16th December. Consisted of lectures, fieldtrips and group works, the event covered various subjects regarding the possibility and challenges of the realisation of sustainable and inclusive global society.


    Oct 27, 2016

    From September 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, Dr. Andrew Flachs joins JRG “Agrarian Alternatives” as a Volkswagen postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Flachs received a PhD in anthropology from Washington University with a dissertation on indigenous knowledge amongst farmers planting genetically modified cotton and organic cotton in Telangana, India. His research interests include environmental anthropology, epistemology, and ethnobiology. Besides collaborating with JRG Agrarian Alternatives, Andrew Flachs will teach a course this winter term on “The Political Ecology of Alternative Agriculture” in the M. A. Transcultural Studies.


    Oct 25, 2016

    An international conference focusing on temporality in the social sciences and humanities, co-organized by Prof. Barbara Mittler, Acting Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", took place in two sessions in Frankfurt and Berlin. The first session was held between October 31 and November 1, 2016 at Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt. It was dedicated to the periodization and design of temporality in the social sciences and humanities in a comparative perspective. The conference was jointly organised by the Institut franco-allemand de sciences historiques et sociales, the German Historical Institute Paris and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies.


    Oct 21, 2016

    On October 26, Prof. Barbara Mittler gave a talk on “Ex Oriente Lux? China und die Macht der Musik – von Yao bis Mao”. In the talk, Prof. Mittler questioned how and when is music “politicised”, precisely when the music takes on certain social and religious functions. The talk scrutinized the ideas and practices of “music” in the power play between Europe and China, to show how influential the old philosophical notion of the power of music still is in contemporary China, and how it is understood and utilized in China’s current society. The event took place as part of the "Wednesday lectures" at 6 p.m. in IG-Farben-Haus, room 411, at Goethe University Frankfurt.


    Oct 20, 2016

    Prof. Barbara Mittler, Acting Director of the Cluster and Prof. Thomas Maissen, former co-director of the Cluster took part in a discussion focusing on the role of the humanities in the field of politics, art and media. The video of the interview is available online and took place as part of the series “Max meets Lisa”. The video series “Max meets Lisa” is jointly produced by the Max Weber Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The purpose of the format is to shed light on relevant and contemporary questions of humanities by interviewing representatives from this research field. The video discussion is available here.


    Oct 18, 2016

    On Tuesday, October 18, Christina Pietsch gave a lecture on “Sentô - Japanische Badehäuser im Wandel der Zeit“. In her lecture, she focused on the questions "why are there still about 630 bathhouses in Kyoto, even though nearly every apartment is equipped with a bathroom?" "Which role do these bathhouses play in the Japanese society?"and "Why is cleaning bathhouses traditionally a task completed by male employees?" Her talk was held at 7 pm in room 212 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.


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