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Quotes by the Directors on the Second Funding Period

The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” will be able to continue its work for another five years. On June 15, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) announced the decisions in the final round of the Excellence Initiative. The Cluster "Asia and Europe" is among those institutions that were successful in this challenging competition. The Cluster-Directors comment on this success:

Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch: "We are very happy that we are able to continue our research at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe’. This is first and foremost a great perspective for our over one hundred doctoral and master students, who are receiving a structured curriculum and individual supervision. In the past years, we have developed a new tool for the analysis of cultural entanglements – the concept of transculturality. It is wonderful that we can offer this sustainably and permanently at Heidelberg University. The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies, which will be founded within the coming months, will be the ideal place for such research."

Prof. Axel Michaels: "At the Cluster of Excellence ‚Asia and Europe‘, we analyse how ideas, objects, or practices are distributed between Asian and European cultures. Over the past five years we concentrated on the directions and conditions of such transcultural exchange processes. This deepened our awareness of just how much of Asia was and is in Europe and how much of Europe was and is in Asia. In the second funding period, we intend to examine more closely the dynamics of transculturality. Asia and Europe will continue to be the focus of our scientific interest."

Prof. Rudolf G. Wagner: "Our transcultural research approach helps to better understand the cultural entanglements in our globalised world. By looking at the challenges of our times as well as at historical developments, we intend to contribute to a more detailed understanding of societies and cultures. Therefore we are exploring, for example, the distribution of media, the expansion of transport and communication networks, or the medical progress. To cover such a large field, scholars from all over the world and from different disciplines conduct research with us."