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The Cluster provides excellent academic facilities and prospects for young scholars. Junior Research Groups (JRG) attached to the research areas mirror the Cluster’s central mode of operations: Both Asian and European scholars with diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds, scholarly traditions and linguistic competencies engage in a stimulating and challenging intellectual exchange. This environment allows the young scholars to fully explore their potential and to compete with their international peers.

Junior Research Groups are to further develop the transcultural and transdisciplinary research potential of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context,"  to strengthen its capabilities to handle transcultural issues that cross cultural, geographic, linguistic and media borders, and to open career paths in transcultural studies for promising PhD and post-doctoral researchers. The project duration is three years with an option for an extension in the case of outstanding results and a high-quality follow-up project.

Each group consists of three to four members and is led by a Group Leader with the responsibility to design the group’s project, to help in recruiting first class Ph.D candidates for the group; to supervise the group’s Ph.D. candidates, and to manage and monitor the group´s research activities as well as its interactions with other Cluster research. The work of the IRG will be regularly evaluated.

The following Cluster projects are organised as Junior Research Groups:

Second funding period

JRG Digital Humanities

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Armin Volkmann

The aim of the JRG Digital Humanities is the establishment of knowledge for digital methods and standards in the humanities and the arts. The spectrum of the young discipline of digital humanities ranges from the corpus linguistics through computer philology to applied computer sciences. The JRG thus complements the ongoing projects of the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) in the field of digital cultural heritage, which involve issues revolving around the standardization of workflows and the digitization and treatment of heterogeneous data sets (text, sound, images, and data). In addition, both the JRG and the HRA support the teaching of innovative methods of digital humanities at Heidelberg University and are planning to jointly organize workshops, training sessions, and seminars at different levels of knowledge for specific target groups...

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A16 Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1946-1954

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Kerstin von Lingen

War Crimes Trials in East Asia contributed to the formation of transcultural norms of legality and legitimacy, as well as transnationally accepted notions of “justice.” The aim of this project is to examine the interaction between...

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B21 Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism: Pentecostal Christianity between Globalisation and State Control in Singapore

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Katja Rakow

Over the last decades, Pentecostal Christianity has increasingly developed into a global phenomenon that has shown a strong ability to adapt to different cultural contexts. Since the 1980s , a sustained growth of Pentecostal churches in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious, but secular state...

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C15 Agrarian Alternatives: Agrarian Crisis, Global Concerns and the Contested Agro-ecological Futures in South Asia

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Daniel Münster

Agriculture has gained a new level of importance particularly in light of the debates and diagnoses regarding of the contemporary global predicament and the environmental future of human society. While most scholarship on global agrarian environments documents symptoms of crisis, limits to growth and declining knowledge and livelihoods, this project focuses on spaces of possibility...

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C16 The Demographic Turn in the Junction of Cultures

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Sophie Roche

Similarly to Iran and the Middle East, the Muslims in Central Asia have entered the demographic transition since the 1970s with a sudden acceleration since the second half of the 1980s. Such a demographic turn is accompanied by an increase in population maintained by the young age structure of society that changes only gradually towards replacement level (Keyfitz 1971 and others). Hence these populations enter a world-wide trend that juxtaposes countries of the south to the north which trace their demographic turn as far back as the industrial revolution in England in the 18th century...

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First funding period

A4 The Fascination of Efficiency: Migrating Ideas and Emerging Bureaucracies in Europe and Asia since the Early Modern Era (1. funding period)

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Susan Richter

The European idea of an efficient administration in the 18th century owed much of its inspiration to contemporary records of China that described China as an ideal type of a well-organized and carefully constructed state ...

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A6 Cultures of Disaster. Shifting Asymmetries between Societies, Cultures, and Nature from a Comparative Historical and Transcultural Perspective (1. funding period)

Junior Research Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Gerrit Jasper Schenk

The concept of "cultures of disaster" stands for specific regional, national or cultural types of dealing with catastrophes. Cultural constellations make an extreme natural event a historically unique and socially-oriented disaster ...

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A9 Cultural Transfer as a Factor of State Building (1. funding period)

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Antje Flüchter

While the modern state used to be considered a genuine European phenomenon, the project is based on the assumption that cultural contact is always accompanied by cultural flow and that the creation of the modern European state was part of changing asymmetries ...

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B9 Asymmetries in Cultural Information Flows: Europe and South Asia in the Global Information Network since the Nineteenth Century (1. funding period)

Junior Research Group Leader: PD Dr. Roland Wenzlhuemer

In the course of the nineteenth century, a global telegraph network emerged as a new vehicle for transcultural contact and interaction. Constraints of time and space lost much of their importance in global communication, while access to the communication network became exclusive and prohibitively expensive...   

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B10  Transgressing Spaces and Identities in Urban Arenas – the Case of Harbin (1898-1949) (1. funding period)

Junior Research Group Leader: Dr. Frank Grüner

The project „Transgressing Spaces and Identities in Urban Arenas – the Case of Harbin“ will explore transcultural relationships and processes of exchange between different national, ethnic and religious communities during the first half of the 20th century in the multicultural city of Harbin (Manchuria) with focus on the Russian, Jewish, Chinese and Japanese populations ...

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