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Various Media report on Annual Conference 2016

Oct 20, 2016

Various media have reported on the Clusters Annual Conference „Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture”. Besides coverage by regional newspapers, German radio station “Deutschlandfunk” broadcasted interviews with Acting Director Barbara Mittler and conference organiser Monica Juneja.

Shortly before the conference, the daily regional newspapers Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung and Mannheimer Morgen reported about the Annual Conference, which was held from October 12-14, 2016 at the Karl Jaspers Center in Heidelberg.

Interviews with Cluster Director Prof. Barbara Mittler and co-organiser of the Annual Conference, Prof. Monica Juneja, Chair Global Art History at the HCTS, were broadcasted by the renowned German public radio station "Deutschlandfunk". Prof. Mittler talked about the politisation of cultural heritage in China as well as in Europe. She also addressed the nation states’ approaches of creating authenticity through cultural heritage, which was also one key theme of the conference.

In another interview, Prof. Monica Juneja emphasized the importance of local and global entanglements of cultural heritage. Taking as an example the recent destruction and rebuilding of the Palmyra ruins in Syria, Prof. Juneja also talked about the different narratives of authenticity within politics and the humanities.

With the title "Making, Sustaining, Breaking - The Politics of Heritage and Culture", the conference was a collaborative enterprise of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University, the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung - Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, and the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. It was organised by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, PD Dr.-Ing. Michael Falser and Dr. Philipp Stockhammer on behalf of Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage".

Please visit the conference website for the detailed programme and further information.


  • Prof. Juneja on Deutschlandfunk

  • The Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan