DFG Research Funding for Joseph Maran
Cluster Director Prof. Joseph Maran received a continuing grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) until 2018 for his research project “Excavation in the Northwestern Lower Town of Tiryns: Lifeworld and cultural practice in a newly founded sector of the settlement of the Mycenaean post-palatial period”.
New Issue of Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Dr. phil. Franziska Koch, Assistant Professor to the Cluster's chair of "Global Art History", co-edited the latest issue of the “Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art” on ‘Chineseness’ in contemporary art discourse and practice. The volume presents proceedings of an international symposium in Lisbon supported by Lisbon University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and the Cluster “Asia and Europe” in spring 2015.
Fellowship for Cathrine Bublatzky and Franziska Koch
Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky and Dr. Franziska Koch, both Assistant Professors at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, have been awarded the Elite Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. The fellowships will provide each of them resources to pursue their post-doctoral research projects for the next three years.
Welcome of New MATS Students
A new generation of students has arrived at the Cluster to pursue an M.A. in Transcultural Studies. Orientation days took place on October 11-12 at the Karl Jaspers Centre, introducing students to the programme’s structure, regulations and study foci.
Welcome of new GPTS scholarship holders
On October 24, the Cluster “Asia and Europe” welcomed seven new doctoral students to its Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS). For three academic years, this eighth generation of GPTS students have now got the chance to conduct their doctoral research at the Cluster. For the first time, the GPTS additionally offered associated memberships.
New Book by Nicolas Schillinger
Nicolas Schillinger, former doctoral student at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", recently published his dissertation “The Body and Military Masculinity in Late Qing and Early Republican China. The Art of Governing Soldiers”. The new book was published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Closing Ceremony of MATS and GPTS 2016
The closing ceremony of the Master and Graduate Programmes 2016 took place on December 1 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. Students of both programs took place in the ceremony with further members of the Cluster, reviewed their studies and time they spent in the programs and received their certificates.
Film Documentation “Pearl Harbor”
Takuma Melber, Research Fellow and lecturer in the MATS at the Cluster, was interviewed for in the documentaries “Pearl Harbor” and “Expedition Pearl Harbor” by German TV broadcaster ZDF. The two films will be shown on ZDF and ZDFinfo, on December 4 and December 11 respectively.
New site offering information on research published by the Cluster and its members.
Latest Newsletter Issue
Deutschlandfunk interviewed Dr. Susan Richter.
WDR interviewed Takuma Melber on Pearl Harbor.
Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Barbara Mittler.
Deutschlandfunk broadcasted an interview with Prof. Monica Juneja.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung interviewed Prof. Axel Michaels.
Science portal L.I.S.A. by Gerda Henkel Foundation interviewed Niels Gutschow.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported about a new book by Nikolas Jaspert.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Axel Michaels.
Julia Poerting, PhD student at the Cluster and member of the Junior Research Group C15 „Agrarian Alternatives“, received a funding support for the completion of her doctoral degree from the Graduate Academy of Heidelberg University. The completion grant supports doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctoral training. The fellowships are limited to a period of six months.
Dr. Andrew Flachs, member of Junior Research Group “Agrarian Alternatives” and Volkswagen postdoctoral fellow, was approved a grant of 9,400 euro by the Volkswagen Foundation. With this funding he will host a workshop at the Cluster in April on the theme of “Development, Identity, and Political Ecology in South Asia”. Besides collaborating with JRG Agrarian Alternatives, Andrew Flachs is teaching a course this winter term on “The Political Ecology of Alternative Agriculture” in the M. A. Transcultural Studies.
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.