Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"

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Cluster of Excellence
"Asia and Europe in a Global Context"
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Established October 2007
Director Prof. Dr. Joseph Maran, Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler
Location Heidelberg, Germany
Campus Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University
Website www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" is a trans- and interdisciplinary network of researchers at Heidelberg University. It was started in October 2007, and extended in 2012, as part of the Excellence Initiative launched by the German state and its federal governments.[1][2] The researchers examine the processes of exchange between the cultures, ranging from migration and trade to the formation of concepts and institutions.[3]

Overview[edit]

The Cluster aims to enhance the understanding of the multi-layered interactions between and within Asia and Europe.[4] In the first funding period from 2008 to 2012, the scholars analysed the shifting asymmetries in cultural, social and political flows. Built on this foundation, the researchers explore in the second funding period until 2017, in which dynamics the transcultural processes between and within Asia and Europe develop.

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies

The Cluster is located at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (KJC) at Heidelberg University, Germany. The KJC provides facilities and infrastructure for various forms of collaboration, research and teaching.[5] A branch office of the Cluster is located at the “Heidelberg Center South Asia” in New Delhi, India.[6]

The Cluster is headed by a directorate consisting of Joseph Maran (Pre- and Protohistory), Axel Michaels (Classical Indology) and Barbara Mittler (Sinology).[7]

Research[edit]

The research projects are organised in four research areas: “Governance & Administration”, “Public Spheres”, “Knowledge Systems” and “Historicities & Heritage”.[8] Five professorships in Buddhist Studies, Cultural Economic History, Global Art History, Intellectual History, Visual and Media Anthropology as well as two Start-Up Professorships for Transcultural Studies and Junior Research Groups headed by post-doctoral scholars are located at the Cluster.[9]

The “Heidelberg Research Architecture” develops metadata frameworks. It forms a digitial humanities environment for researchers.[10]

Research results are published in international journals and book series. The Cluster has launched two book series -“Transcultural Research: Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context”[11] and “Heidelberg Transcultural Studies” – as well as the e-journal “Transcultural Studies”.[12] All of them are peer-reviewed.

Teaching[edit]

The M.A. Transcultural Studies started in the winter term 2011/12 at Heidelberg University and combines interdisciplinary education with a transcultural focus.[13] Language of instruction in English.[14]

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) offers a structured doctoral programme within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Cluster.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zweite Runde in der Exzellenzinitiative entschieden". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Entscheidungen in der zweiten Programmphase der Exzellenzinitiative". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Am 20. Oktober wird das Heidelberger Exzellenzcluster "Asien und Europa" feierlich eröffnet". idw-Informationsdienst Wissenschaft. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Aims and Objectives". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Current Clusters of Excellence". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Universität Heidelberg Opens Heidelberg Center South Asia in New Delhi". Heidelberg Universität. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Directoriate". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Research". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "HCTS Professorships / Permanent Fellows". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Heidelberg Research Architecture". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Springer. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "E-Journal on "Transcultural Studies"". Heidelberg University. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Der neue Master-Studiengang "Transcultural Studies"". SHAN e.V. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "M.A. Transcultural Studies". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies". Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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