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Within the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context - Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows':

A5 "Nationising the Dynasty" (Coordinator: Thomas Maissen)

A7 "Dynamic Asymmetries in Transcultural Flows at the Intersection of Asia and Europe:The Case of the Early Modern Ottoman Empire" (Coordinator: Thomas Maissen)

A11 "The Development of Citizenship in a Transcultural Context" (Coordinators: Thomas Maissen, Susan Richter)

B1 "Gauging Cultural Asymmetries: Asian Satire and the Search for Identity in the Era of Colonialism and Imperialism" (Coordinators: Hans Harder, Judit Árokay, Michael Ursinus, Susanne Enderwitz, Gita Dharampal-Frick, Barbara Mittler

B2 "Creative Dissonances: Music in a Global Context" (Coordinators: Barbara Mittler, Dorothea Redepenning)

B8 “Rethinking Gender, Sexuality and the Body in a Transcultural Art World" (Coordinator: Melanie Trede)

B11 "Difference, Danger and New Urban Imaginaries of the Public in Asia and Europe" (Coordinators: Christiane Brosius, Nic Leonhardt)

B16 "Parcours Exhibition in Heidelberg: “Becoming Intense – Becoming Animal – Becoming …” (Coordinator: Melanie Trede)

D1 "Historicizing the Experience of Violence without Frontiers. Influence and Importance of Shifting Asymmetries. The Example of the Mongolian Invasion in the Thirteenth Century" (Coordinators: Stefan Weinfurter, Bernd Schneidmüller, Susanne Enderwitz, Melanie Trede, Stefan Burkhardt)

 D11 "Hidden Grammars of Transculturality – Migrations of Encyclopaedic Knowledge and Power" (Coordinators: Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Barbara Mittler)

Transcultural Image Database” (Heidelberg Research Architecture;  access the database: university login required)

"Archiving Mothers and Fathers of the Nation in Europe and Asia" (Heidelberg Research Architecture)    

"Chinese Women's Magazines in the Republican Period" (Heidelberg Research Architecture)  




"Database of Chinese Pornography Images" by Paola Zamperini (in preparation)

Tasveer Ghar - A House of Pictures (Coordinators: Christiane Brosius, Manishita Dass, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Yousuf Saeed, Suboor Bakht)

Tasveer Ghar is a Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture. Tasveer Ghar is a trans-national virtual “home” for collecting, digitizing, and documenting various materials produced by South Asia’s exciting popular visual sphere including posters, calendar art, pilgrimage maps and paraphernalia, cinema hoardings, advertisements, and other forms of street and bazaar art (source: Tasveer Ghar).


Virtual Shanghai - Shanghai Urban Space in Time (Editor: Christian Henriot, Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies)   

Virtual Shanghai represents an attempt at writing the history of the city through the combined use of textual (essays, original documents), visual (photographs, movies, images, drawings, etc.), sound (sound tracks, tunes, etc.) and cartographic documents. 


Visual Cultures in East Asia  (Editor: Christian Henriot, Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies; Partner in Heidelberg: Barbara Mittler)  

'Visual Cultures East Asia' is the new generic platform of the Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies (LEAS) for the development and display of research projects and collections that involve the use of visual and cartographic materials. It serves as a portal for the individual as well as collective projects of the LEAS scholars and graduate students, as well as their partners.  

Popular Culture Group (Project Leader: Barbara Mittler, Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg). 

The Popular Culture Group is dealing with vastly different topics from propaganda posters and songs to quotes and plagiarism in China's political media (Renmin Ribao) after 1949 and trivial literature after 1989, to advertisements in the 19th and early 20th century and TV commercials around the turn to the 21st century, from the only seemingly clearcut institutional history of an early leftist Chinese film company to the only seemingly clearcut institutional change from rite to law in marriage; from the successful figure of the new woman to the successful figure of the new businessman. Yet all of these studies will end up writing a history of social change in modern and contemporary China.