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"Transcultural Forays" launched at HCTS

In spring, the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies called for applications for start-up grants under the title "Transcultural Forays". Seven applications were selected for funding, three of which have started or will shortly begin their research projects at the HCTS.

Lecture by Fabian Drixler from Yale University

On Tuesday, July 11, Prof. Fabian Drixler, Professor of History at Yale University, gave a guest lecture on “Fractal Vulnerability: Japan in the Volcanic Winters of the Early Modern World” at the Karls-Jaspers-Center as part of his visit to the Cluster until the end of July.

New Book by Milinda Banerjee

As a result of the 2012 conference "Nationizing the Dynasty – Dynastizing the Nation", that was organized by the research project A5 at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", former Cluster member Ph.D. Milinda Banerjee co-published the book "Transnational Histories of the 'Royal Nation'".

Cathrine Bublatzky co-organizes symposium “Looking Both Ways”

On Saturday, July 8, the symposium "Looking Both Ways. Bildpolitiken zeitgenössischer Künstlerinnen aus dem Nahen Osten und in der Diaspora" took place at the Marta Herford Museum in Herford. It was organized by the AG "Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen globaler Migration", where Cathrine Bublatzky currently acts as co-speaker.

New Volume on Oriental Cults

Three former members of Cluster project D7 edited the volume "Entangled Worlds: Religious Confluences between East and West in the Roman Empire. The Cults of Isis, Mithras, and Jupiter Dolichenus". The book was published with Mohr Siebeck within the series "Orientalische Religionen in der Antike".

International Workshop at the Cluster

On Thursday, June 29, the workshop “Open Access? The city as laboratory, studio, archive” took place at the Karl Jaspers Center. It was organized by the Chair of Visual and Media Antropology in cooperation with the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, the Department of Art and Design at Kathmandu University and the Forum Urban Spaces.

Jour Fixe by Prof. Harish Naraindas

On Thursday, June 29 from 4-6 pm, Prof. Harish Naraindas from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, gave a talk at the Cluster’s Jour Fixe. His lecture was entitled “Is Medical Tourism Transcultural Hypogamy?”.

“OUT OF SPACE?” co-organized by Christiane Brosius

The symposium “OUT OF SPACE?” from June 21-22 provided an innovative format of ‘think-spaces’ to investigate locations that allow the emergence of new cultural practices and how those practices constitute locations.

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Short News

  • Prof. Tanja Penter, who holds the chair for Eastern European History at Heidelberg University, together with Esther Maier published the book “Sovietnam. Die UdSSR in Afghanistan 1979-1989”. It was issued by Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, Paderborn. The book focuses on the Soviet-Afghan war between 1979 and 1989 by not just analyzing the Soviet-American engagement in the country. The book also tries to demonstrate the mutual perceptions and experiences of the people and its consequences for the “modern” Soviet and “backward” Afghan state and society.
    For further information, please visit to the publisher’s website.

  • On Tuesday, July 11, Cluster member Takuma Melber gave a lecture on "Der Pearl Harbor-Angriff aus japanischer Perspektive". With a strong focus on Japanese sources, the lecture shifted perspectives away from western literature on the Pearl Harbor narrative. It took place as part of the monthly Colloquium of the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes (ICWC) at Marburg University.

Media Reports

Haaretz quotes Josef Maran and Philipp Stockhammer.

Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung interviewed Dr. Kerstin von Lingen.

SWR1 broadcast an interview with Prof. Joachim Quack (at 7:20).

Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.

WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.

Deutschlandfunk broadcast an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

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Donations for Nepal

The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.

Research

  • Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies

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    The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) offers a structured PhD programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Cluster. The doctoral programme offers (a) an introduction to theories and methodologies of transcultural studies, (b) access to a well-equipped work environment supported by European and Asian institutions, (c) participation in the gathering of textual and nontextual source material, (d) support of PhD projects which are linked to the broad research fields pursued by the Cluster.  

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  • Research Area A: Governance & Administration

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    This Research Area deals with the cultural flows through which concepts, institutions and practices that have to do with governance and administration are transferred across cultures locally, regionally, or globally, and are reconfigured in a continuous but non-linear historical process.  

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  • Research Area B: Public Spheres

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    Central themes of Research Area B are public spheres - as media, events and spaces - that have been and are built by political and cultural flows between Asia and Europe. There are three research foci: a) aspects of mediality, visuality and textuality, b) aspects of public life, events and performance, and c) aspects of public space and urbanity.

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  • Research Area C: Knowledge Systems

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    Research Area C focuses on the transfer between Asia and Europe of practices concerning, institutions for, ideas about, and perceptions of health and environment. Practice is the privileged point of access in this Research Area because the processes underlying both health and environment are juxtaposed here with the often pressing need to find a working solution.

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  • Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage

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    This Research Area analyses different concepts of histories as competing interpretations of time and space. Instead of focusing on models of unified universal or world history, it puts the emphasis on the entanglement of multiple historicities with different cultural background through cultural flows in the way in which history, memory, and their trajectory are handled. 

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  • Heidelberg Research Architecture

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    The Cluster brings together a multicultural, multilingual scholarly community for purposes of research in an interdisciplinary field. Efficient collaboration among the researchers in the analysis of transcultural flows requires an IT infrastructure for data storage and exchange, communication and on-line team-work, and, importantly, for information retrieval and analysis.

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