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New Book on Sufism in South Asia

Dr. Deepra Dandekar and Torsten Tschacher, Ph.D., both members of the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, recently published the book “Islam, Sufism and Everyday Politics of Belonging in South Asia”. The book was produced in the context of the research project “MC2 Sufism”.

New Book on Exchange and Consumption

Dr. Sinah Kloß, a former fellow at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), published her dissertation entitled “Fabrics of Indianness” with Palgrave Macmillan.

Final Conference „Sexing the City” Completes HERA SINGLE

The conference „Sexing the City” took place at the Museum Volkenkunde/Research Center for Material Culture in Leiden from September 15-17, 2016. It was the final conference of HERA SINGLE, a three-year, interdisciplinary research project. “Autonomy”, one of the three subprojects, was led by Prof. Christiane Brosius at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS).

Humboldt Foundation awarded Sumathi Ramaswamy

On September 8, 2016 Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) received the prestigious Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Humboldt Foundation. With the prize money of 250,000 €, she will pursue research at her host institution, theHeidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), over the course of five years. Ramaswamy is member of the Cluster’s advisory board and was involved in various research projects. She was invited by Profs. Christiane Brosius (Media Anthropology), Monica Juneja (Global Art History) and Barbara Mittler (Chinese Studies).

New Publications on Islam in China

Roberta Tontini, research fellow at the Cluster, published the book “Muslim Sanzijing. Shifts and Continuities in the Definition of Islam in China” and contributed a chapter to the edited volume “Islamic Thought in China”.

Exchange Programme “New Directions in Active Ageing”

A new cooperation programme between Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies/ South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, aims at enhancing “active ageing” and “age-friendly cultures” in both India and Europe through various forms of knowledge exchange. Profs. Christiane Brosius (HCTS), William Sax (SAI) and Andreas Kruse (Gerontology) are representatives of the programme at HCTS/SAI.

Conference Registration

The Annual Conference "Making, Sustaining, Breaking - The Politics of Heritage and Culture" takes place from October 12-14, 2016.

Click here to register online.

Media Reports

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about the “Golden Chopstick Film Gala“.

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung interviewed ethnologist Sarah Besky (Brown University) about the current practice of faire trade.

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.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.

Swiss Radio interviewed Barbara Mittler.

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Short News

  • Prof. Monica Juneja delivered the first keynote address at the Summer School of the Walter Benjamin Kolleg (University of Bern) on „Border Regimes – Confrontations, Configurations and Transpositions”, held at Kandersteg from September 4 to 9, 2016. Prof. Juneja’s lecture took place on September 5 and was entitled: “Visible and Invisible Borderlands – Art History’s Unresolved Epistemic Frontiers”. Please find more information here.

  • Max Stille received an EASAS Research Student Award for his paper, entitled "Communities of Code-switching Connoisseurs: Multilingualism in Islamic sermons in Bangladesh", which he submitted and presented at the 24th Conference on South Asian Studies in Warsaw, 27 to 30 July 2016. The European Association for South Asian Studies is offering awards linked to its biennial conference to encourage young scholars working in the field of South Asian Studies. The awards were granted for the most outstanding papers by currently registered research students who presented at Warsaw.

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

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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


    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.