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Sebastian Erckel, Germany

Sebastian Erckel studied Political Science at Kerala University in Thiruvananthapuram earning a Master of Arts degree with First Rank and First Class. His time in India was preceded by studies at Humboldt University Berlin where he graduated in Regional Studies South Asia and Southeast Asia, his focal points being culture, society and politics of India and Myanmar. In the course of his studies, he has developed a special interest in international Comparative Politics that is reflected in his two degree theses titled “Cambodia on the wrong track? Factors for the historical development of Cambodia after 1945 in comparison with Laos” and “India and The European Union: Two Models of Integration”. Currently, he is preparing a Ph.D. project about Left Front politics in Kerala and West Bengal after the introduction of the New Economic Policy in India in the early 1990s.

Marta Teperska-Klasińska, Poland

Marta Teperska earned a doctoral degree in Humanistic Studies/Arabic Literature at the Warsaw University in 2007. Since 2007 she has worked as an assistant at the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilizations at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She conducts lectures on the Arabic Literature and the Civilization of Islam. She also teaches practical Arabic language. Her areas of research and teaching include Arabic literature and issues of classical and modern Arabic and Islamic civilization.    

Sridevi Padmanababhan, India

Sridevi Padmanababhan was born in Bangalore, India. After a MS Communications programme in Manipal, she began her stints as television producer, public relations executive, freelance writer and web content manager, amongst others in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. She has also been part of two intensive research projects in Dharavi, the biggest slum in Asia, located in Mumbai. Her research interests include interaction design and using communication technologies for social and economic empowerment.

Yuanyuan Ma, China

Yuanyuan Ma is a fourth year PhD student from the Department of China and Inner Asia at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in UK. She received her BA degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and took her postgraduate study on English literature in University of Edinburgh. She visited Nanjing University and Harvard University as fieldwork for research in the second year of her PhD programme. Her current PhD research focuses on a “culturally conservative” journal, Xueheng, and a group of intellectuals named after the journal in China in 1920s and 1930s. She is interested in the plural voices in search of modernity during the May Fourth period, trying to go beyond the paradigm of the triad conservatism/ liberalism/ radicalism. Since her research is concerned about some of these intellectuals, who were educated in Harvard and devoted to introducing western thoughts and literature to China, she is also interested in the transmission and reception of knowledge in different cultural contexts.

Margrethe Løøv, Norway

Margrethe Løøv completed her master's degree in History of Religions at the University of Oslo in the spring of 2010. In her master thesis "From Vedas to Science - a cultural analytical study of the development of Acem meditation", she explored how a meditation system of Hindu origin has developed in a Western context. In more general terms, she is interested in the migration of religious phenomena and subsequent processes of religious change. Løøv holds a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of Oslo. In 2007, she spent one semester at Universität Heidelberg as an Erasmus exchange student. She also studied Indian philosophy, Hindi and Urdu at the University of Hyderabad in 2008 and French history and language at Université de Montpellier from 2003 to 2004.  

Yumin Ao, China

Yumin Ao is from Shanghai, China, and is a PhD candidate at University of Otago in New Zealand. She obtained her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Jiangxi Normal University and her M.A. in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. She has taught at Jiangxi Normal University. She is a lecturer at Donghua University in China and also works as a part-time tutor at the University of Otago. Her research areas range from traditional Chinese literature to comparative literature, translation studies, critical linguistics, trans-cultural studies and cross-cultural communication. Her PhD dissertation focuses on narratological studies on Chinese Yuan zaju.  

Mai Corlin Bagger-Petersen, Denmark

Mai is a M.A. student at Copenhagen University, Department of Asian studies. Mai will finish her thesis about Chinese cinema in a transnational/transcultural context within the next half a year. Mai did her BA-project on Chinese independent documentary films, with a focal point on Wu Wenguang, and has therefore continuously been interested in Chinese cinema as a part of a transnational world and the Chinese society. Mai will give a presentation at this year's RMMLA conference in Alburquerque on "Beijing Bicycle - Stories from a Transformative Space".  

Ulrike Büchsel, Germany

Having studied in Frankfurt am Main (2002-2005) and at Beijing University (2003-2004), Ulrike Büchsel obtained her MA in Chinese Studies and History from Heidelberg University in May 2009. She held a fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation from 2005 until 2009. During her MA studies, she focused on Chinese popular culture in the Republican period, writing a thesis on social communication and visuality in print media advertising. Since summer 2009 she is working on her PhD thesis as a member of the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", focusing on symbolism and ritual in late Qing nationalist discourse.  

Jule Nowoitnick, Germany

Jule Nowoitnick majored in Central Asian Studies and German Literature at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Technical University, respectively. Since receiving her M.A. in 2006 with a thesis on the Narrative Structures of Mongolian Animal Tales, she has been working as an appointed lecturer in Mongolian Studies at Humboldt University. Additionally, she completed a marketing traineeship at the De Gruyter publishing house, before she joined the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University in the fall of 2009.

In her PhD-project, Jule Nowoitnick examines processes of Negotiating and Representing Chinggis Khaan in Western historical literature. One focal point of her thesis is the question how the authors access and translate knowledge on Chinggis Khaan with regards to their own artistic points of view, genre conventions and public discourses on his person. Jule Nowoitnick will concentrate on the moments in which such historical and cultural knowledge crosses borders of language and culture, era and genre as these moments seem to spark not only instances of mistranslation but also other transcreative processes to, for example, deal with gaps in the knowledge.

Ravi Baghel, India

Ravi Baghel is pursuing a PhD in Geography as part of the Graduate Programme of Transcultural Studies at the Cluster of Excellence: Asia & Europe, University of Heidelberg. His dissertation is on the role of flows of environmental knowledge in the transformation of river systems in India and the possibilities of an environmental activism based on situated knowledge. He received an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Freiburg, Germany and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has a B.A. in Chinese from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His research interests are in the fields of political ecology and globalization.  

Anne-Julie Etter, France

Anne-Julie Etter is a doctoral student of the Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7. Her research deals with monuments, collections and antiquarian practices in early colonial India. A former student of the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), she has taught early modern history to undergraduate students at the Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 (2006-2009) and was granted a research scholarship by the Fondation Thiers (2009-2010).  

Paul Feigelfeld, Germany

Paul Feigelfeld currently works as Postgraduate Academic Staff (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute for Media Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst. He studied Cultural Studies and Computer Science at Humboldt-University Berlin, graduated in 2009 (M.A. Thesis "Chinese Whispers - Translation and Transmission of Knowledge and Science between China and Europe 1500-1700", soon in print at Kadmos Kulturverlag "Programm einer Berliner Medienwissenschaft") and worked as a tutor at the Institute for Aesthetics and History of Media with Prof. Dr. Friedrich Kittler from 2004-2009. His research interests are the (cultural and media) history of mathematics and natural sciences and the transmission of science between China and Europe and he is currently developing his dissertation in this field together with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner.  

Lisa Hellman, Sweden

Lisa Hellman is a Ph.D. student at the Department of History of Stockholm University, and part of a newly formed Center of Maritime Studies (CEMAS). She has mainly studied history, Japanese, literature and Central Asian studies. Earlier, she has simultaneously attended Uppsala and Stockholm University, and been an exchange student of Kyoto as well as Nihon University. During her time at Kyoto University, she focused on East Asian history. Her fields of interests include early modern international encounters and connections, with special regard to gender and social history. Earlier, she has studied the Swedish images of Japanese and Chinese in the early modern period, with a focus on masculinity and imperialism. Her newly begun thesis will focus on the employees of the Swedish East India Company, and their encounters with Chinese officials, tradesmen and interpreters. This relationship will then be analysed as being mutual, with two active parts, and put in relation to gender (especially masculinity), power relations, social structures as well as Chinese and Swedish presuppositions.  

Huiyi Wu, France

Huiyi Wu 吴蕙仪has been translating French academic works into Chinese since 2005, before earning a Master degree in economical and technical translation in 2008 at Ecole supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs in Paris. Since then, she continued working as translator and interpreter for Sino-French academic events in the field of history and social sciences. In 2009, she began writing a Ph.D. thesis at Université Paris VII-Diderot in partnership with Istituto italiano di Scienze Umane of Florence, on the translation of Chinese texts by French Jesuit missionaries during the first half of the 18th century, especially on how the particular social and human context in which the missionaries evolved, both on the Chinese and European side, have conditioned the most considerable Chinese corpus translated into a European vernacular language by that date. Her main research interest, deriving from her professional experience, is the role of linguistic agents in history, and the migration of knowledge across geographical and linguistic barriers that goes hand in hand with traveling individuals.

Yoko Iwashita, France

Yoko Iwashita is a Ph.D. student at the University of Lyon 3, IETT (L'Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles). She studies about the way of integration in France, in particularly, the second and third generations from the North Africa, under co-tutor with University of Nagoya. How are the meanings of being naturalized as French citizen at the time of globalization? How do they transform their original cultures into French one, for example, from patriarchal society into individual society? In this summer school, she would like to compare the situation at the context of Germany: Turkish immigration. She is a member of research group of immigration and society. She had made a short report on the controversy of wearing Islamic veils at French public school and process of legitimatization of cultural difference for the Academic Report of the actual situation and problems of immigration and social integration in France (2009), under the direction of Professor Takashi MIYAJIMA.  

Yahua Lin, China

Yahua Lin is a PhD student of Beijing Normal University in P.R.China, who majors in Western Literary Theory. She is now at her fourth semester of doctoral study. Her dissertation is about the cultural critic theory of Siegfried Kracauer, who is a quite famous cultural researcher, sociologist and publicist in the period of Weimar Republic. With the interest of the field of Western Literary Theory, she was keeping doing her research especially through the aspect of a young Chinese researcher. She got her bachelor degree on Chinese Language and Literature in 2005. After that she began her master study in Beijing Normal University, and turns her major into Western Literary Theory. During the three years study, she deepened her knowledge in Western Literary History and the development-history of Western Art. The master thesis of her is an analysis of the Bildungsroman; the title is "Growth, an unending Project, an Analysis of Der Grüne Heinrich". Now her doctoral study is just beginning, for an important opportunity offered by the Chinese government, she came to Germany as an exchange student in Konstanz University last October, and have one year in the real context of western culture, which, in her opinion, will obviously make the step of her transcultural research further.  

Jan Maas, The Netherlands

Jan Maas is pursuing a 2-year research master degree course in cultural history at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. In August 2009 he received his bachelor degree in history (cum laude) also at Nijmegen. In June 2007 Jan started working as an editor and secretary of the Dutch academic journal Ex Tempore Verleden Tijdschrift. His research interests centre on the representation of power, political rituals and the power of (political) representation in the multifaceted encounters between Europe and Asia in the early-modern period. He is currently working on a master thesis under the supervision of Professor Peter Rietbergen. His thesis focuses on how Europeans thought, imagined and 'represented' Chinese power and politics in the 17th and 18th century. It is interesting to see how European travellers gained/ 'constructed' knowledge about a different world, the way their knowledge was put on paper, and spread in Europe, and the way it changed the European thoughts on China, the world, and themselves.  

Barend Noordam, The Netherlands

I studied history at the University of Utrecht and history and sinology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Currently I am a member the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a global context" and associated with project A9, dealing with cultural transfer as a factor of state building. My research focuses on the transfer of military ideas and technology between Europeans on the one hand and China and Mughal on the other, during the seventeenth century. In general my research interests are European and Asian military history, the history of relations between China, Europe and India and the resulting exchanges of knowledge in governmental and military spheres.  

David De Saeger, Belgium

David De Saeger is currently enrolled in Ghent University's Postgraduate Studies in Logic, History, and Philosophy of Science programme. He earned a master's degree in philosophy in 2009, having focused primarily upon analytical philosophy of science, while having minored in East-Asian studies. He has recently worked on resolving the metatheoretical problems surrounding the 'Needham Problem' by reference to recent developments in the philosophy of explanation and the philosophy of causation. In addition to his current studies in the history and philosophy of science, he is studying classical Chinese while awaiting a grant for pursuing doctoral studies on the role of epistemological values in scientific theory choice in Yuan and Ming astronomy and medicine.  

Miriam Seeger, Germany

Miriam Seeger joined the Cluster "Asia and Europe" in autumn 2008. She is a PhD student and partakes in the project C2 "Large dams: contested environments between hydro-power and resistance". Before, she studied modern and classical Chinese studies as well as philosophy at Heidelberg University and at Beijing University. Her research concentrates on environmental politics and history, changing perceptions of nature throughout time, nation-building efforts in the so-called global South, and the influence of modernity and development ideas on these societies. She explores these themes with a special focus on China.  

Agata Swierzowska, Poland

Associate professor at the Centre for the Comparative Studies of Civilizations (Faculty of Philosophy); completed MA course in comparative studies of religion and PhD course in the same field. Gives lectures on modern forms of spirituality, comparative religions, yoga - tradition and modernity. In academic research concentrates on the phenomenon of modern yoga - its emergence in 18th and 19th century in India, development under colonial rules and its transformation after it gained popularity in the West.  

Peishu Tsai, Taiwan

Peishu Tsai is a graduate student in the Department of Chinese Literature in National Taiwan University. She graduated with the bachelor of art in the same department in June 2007, with a minor in foreign literature, and continued to study for the Master. In March 2008 she joined the European Studies Program, planned by the department of Foreign Language and Literature, choosing German as her main language in the program. The area of her research is Chinese philosophy, especially Taoism. She is also interested in Chinese Guqin music, researching the heritage of this instrument such as its scores, the way of playing, the musical thought, and the relationship between Guqin and Chinese intellectuals.  

Markus Viehbeck, Austria

Markus Viehbeck is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna, where he is involved in a research project on more recent developments in Tibetan Madhyamaka philosophy. Since 2006 he is investigating the debate between 'Ju Mi pham and Dpa' ris Rab gsal, a milestone in Tibetan scholastic history, within the Ph.D. programme Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. His studies were greatly enhanced by extensive co-operation with traditional Tibetan scholars from various monastic centres in Nepal, India and Tibet. His current research interests lie within the field of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, forms and practices of debate in Tibet, migration of Buddhism and contention of knowledge in general.  

Huang Yen-Chi, Taiwan

Huang Yen-Chi earned her master degree in literary studies from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She then works as a lecturer at Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature at Huafan University, Taipei (Taiwan), where she mainly teaches translation and academic writing.  Apart from that, she has worked on several research projects of documentary photography concerned with Taiwan human right history and aboriginal tribes. Her research interests include diaspora writing, cultural translation and visual studies, especially that of photography and documentaries.  

Cheng Zhang, China

Cheng Zhang 张诚 is a research master student of European Expansion and Globalization at Leiden University Institute for History. Before coming to study in the Netherlands, he obtained his BA in history at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He has been involved in the “Encompass” programme at Leiden University since 2008 and earned his second BA within the programme. In 2010, he participated in Crayenborgh college: Exploiting the waters at Leiden University. His research interests include the history of science in the early modern world, with special emphasis on the European knowledge-collecting process in Asia, and a comparing history of the Dutch and Chinese contexts of the emergence of science. He is recently working on his master thesis on Dutch botanical gardens.  

Philipp Mahltig, Germany

Philipp Mahltig is a student of sinology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2005/2006 he studied at Peking University with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Chinese Scholarship Council. He is interested in the history of Chinese sciences (including, respectively especially, the social sciences and humanities). He is currently writing his Magister thesis on a plagiarism case which shook Chinese academia in 2002. He has been working for the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China at the Technische Universität Berlin since 2007.  

Solange Guo Chatelard, France

Solange Guo Chatelard studied at the London School of Economics (BSc International Relations, 2005) before obtaining her MSc and MPhil degrees in Comparative Politics at Sciences Po in Paris (2008). She is now a PhD candidate at Sciences Po and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. Her research focuses on family, work, and everyday state formation in contemporary China based on long-term field work carried out both within and outside China. A common theme in her research relates to the theoretical and methodological concerns of translation and representation. Her MPhil dissertation is an ethnography of a model village (shifancun) in central China, Hubei province, and her current research project is an ethnography of the first Chinese sojourners to arrive, live and work in Zambia from the 1990s until today.