HCTS Lecture by Guy Stroumsa
Prof. Guy Stroumsa (Jerusalem, Oxford) will give a HCTS lecture with the title “The scriptural Galaxy of late Antiquity”. It will take place on Wednesday, May 25, at the Karl Jaspers Centre and be hosted by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).
Jour Fixe on the Iconic Status of Gandhi and Mao
How can flesh-and-blood men be transformed into globally recognizable, transcultural “bio-icons” through the work of visual imagery? This is a question that Prof. Barbara Mittler and Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy discussed in the Jour Fixe on Thursday, May 19th at 4 pm under the heading “Death Becomes Them: The Fate of the Fatherly Corpses of Gandhi and Mao”. The event was chaired by Prof. Christine Brosius, who gave an introduction along with Prof. Patrick J. Geary.
Documentary awarded at Cannes
The documentary "The Cinema Travellers" by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, former short-term fellows at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" won Special Jury Mention for L'Œil d'or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film they worked on for eight years was part of the Official Selection in the category Cannes Classics.
Workshop in Honor of Prof. Ramaswamy and Prof. Geary
The workshop “Materials on the Move” takes place on May 19 to honor Anneliese Maier Research Award Winners Prof. Ph.D. Sumathi Ramaswamy (2016) and Prof. Patrick Geary (2012) – both Advisory Board Member at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”. It will be held at the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities as a cooperation of the Cluster and the Department of History at Heidelberg University.
Appeal for Donations after Earthquakes in Kumamoto
Heidelberg’s sister city, Kumamoto in Japan, was hit by major earthquakes on April 14 and April 16. More than 40 people died and more than 1000 people were injured. For this reason, the Heidelberger Freundeskreis Kumamoto e.V. started an appeal for donations.
Several Media report about Axel Michaels
A number of mass media reported about Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels receiving the Lautenschläger Research Prize. The award presentation ceremony took place in December 2015 at Heidelberg University. In this context, various print media, radio and TV stations interviewed Prof. Michaels during the past months and reported about his research activities.
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Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.
Unispiegel reported about several activities by Cluster members.
Brand eins portrayed Axel Michaels.
Bild der Wissenschaft cited Joseph Maran.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.
PD Dr. Michael Falser (project D18 “Picturesque Modernities” and Global Art History) is Visiting Researcher at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome. During his stay from May to July 2016 he will pursue research on the nomination dossier of the Archaeological Park of Angkor to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This will be the final chapter of his monograph "Angkor Wat. From Jungle Find to Global Icon. A Transcultural History of Heritage" (forthcoming DeGruyter 2016/17).
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz declined an offer for the Chair for Societies and Cultures of Modern China by Humboldt University, Berlin. Prof. Kurtz will remain in Heidelberg where he holds the Chair of Intellectual History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe"/Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).
Donations for Nepal
The South Asia Institute, supported by Cluster/HCTS members, runs "SAI help Nepal" for the earthquake victims.
Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies
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.
Research Area A: Governance & Administration
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.
Research Area B: Public Spheres
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.
Research Area C: Knowledge Systems
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.
Research Area D: Historicities & Heritage
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.
Heidelberg Research Architecture
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.