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DAAD visiting professors at the HCTS

Jun 28, 2018

In 2018, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies is hosting eight international guest professors. The visiting program is financed by the DAAD, the HCTS and the Toshiba International Foundation coordinated by the Professorship of Cultural Economic History.

During the summer term, film studies expert Prof. Wada-Marciano from Kyoto University visited Heidelberg as the first DAAD Visiting Professor from May 8 to June 14, teaching a seminar on Asian Cinema. Another DAAD Visiting Professor from Kyoto University is the archeologist Prof. Satoshi Naiki, who staying in Heidelberg from June 4 to August 2. Prof. Naiki has already given a lecture on "Narrative Sets of Buddhist Reliefs Found at Thareli in the Gandhara Region." He is also teaching a seminar on "Archaeological Analyses of Buddhist Culture in North-West India" as part of the Joint Degree Master Programme.

Historian Prof. Mayuko Sano, also from Kyoto University and in Heidelberg from July 6 to August 4, will take part in the workshop "Transcultural Dimensions of Edo Japan" on July 13, where she will talk about "Bakumatsu Diplomacy." She will also give the seminar "The transcultural dynamics of Japanese diplomacy in the late 19th century as seen through the eyes of a British diplomat" during her visit at the HCTS. Moreover, from June to August, historian Dr. Christopher Gerteis from the SOAS University of London will be a HCTS visiting professor with the Professorship of Cultural Economic History. His guest lecture “"Motorboats and Morals Education: Philanthropy, Education and the Cold War in Japan" is scheduled for July 12 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

During the upcoming winter term, the Professorship of Cultural Economic History will be hosting religious and intellectual history scholar Prof. Hiroo Sato, former Dean of the Graduate School of Letters of Tohoku University from October 26 to December 6, as well as Prof. Sochi Naraoka from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University from October 31 to December 6. As the second Toshiba International Foundation Visiting Professor environmental and science historian Professor Akihisa Setoguchi will join us to teach an intensive seminar from December to February. Moreover, Prof. Lee Tae-Suk from Dankook University is spending her one-year sabbatical in Heidelberg from February 15, 2018 to February 14, 2019, studying German influences on Korean literature.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funds the Visiting Professorships as part of its scholarship programs for MATS students to study at Kyoto University and these funds were acquired by Prof. Harald Fuess, who is the professor for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. He is also a project professor in the Top Global University Program at Kyoto University.