Fwd: Summer School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality" (Heidelberg, July 29-August 4, 2012)
kellner at ASIA-EUROPE.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE
Mon Apr 2 03:12:35 EDT 2012
Dear Indology members,
The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" welcomes
applications for its Summer School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and
Visuality" to take place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from Sunday, July
29, to Saturday, August 4, 2012.
This year's Summer School "Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality"
will explore the role of visual and material culture in the context of
transcultural exchange processes between Asia and Europe. In
highlighting the tensions between visual culture studies, art historical
approaches and recent material culture studies, the Summer School will
address questions such as: How can we move "beyond representation" to
take on images in all their tangibility and material presence? Is "thing
theory" a site for us to analyse the confluence of materiality and
visuality? How can we look at images and objects differently when we
approach them from transdisciplinary and transcultural perspectives? In
what ways do such perspectives challenge concepts and methods of our own
Another aim of our Summer School is to address the transgressing
mobility of images and objects as a key challenge for today's
Humanities, by tying it to current theoretical debates on this subject
within various disciplines and testing it in case studies derived from
the participants' research projects and regions.
The programme is designed to provide stimulating discussions and new
inspiration for graduate and junior research work, to exchange ideas and
test methods from individual research projects and to actively engage
with an international group of peers and senior scholars who share an
interest in transcultural visuality and materiality. Keynotes will be
presented by Kenneth George (Anthropology, University of
Wisconsin-Madison) and Janice Bardsley (Japanese Humanities, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Invited speakers include Kajri Jain
(South Asian Visual Culture, University of Toronto Mississauga), Sumathi
Ramaswamy (History, Duke University), Kavita Singh (Art History,
Jawaharlal Nehru University), and Paola Zamperini (Asian Languages and
Civilizations, Amherst College). Contributions from Heidelberg
University come from Christiane Brosius (Visual and Media Anthropology),
Monica Juneja (Global Art History), Barbara Mittler (Chinese Studies),
and Melanie Trede (Japanese Art Histories).
Applications are accepted until April 15, 2012. The application form and
additional information on fees, scholarships and the programme can be
found at http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/summerschool/
The Cluster's Summer School 2012 is organised by Christiane Brosius
(Heidelberg) together with Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg) and Sumathi
Ramaswamy (Duke), coordinators of project B4 "Transcultural Visuality".
Christiane Brosius holds the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at
the Cluster, Barbara Mittler is Speaker of Research Area B "Public
Spheres", Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History, is one of the Key
Partners of the Cluster.
We would appreciate it if you forwarded this information to your
colleagues and interested students and thank you for your support.
With best wishes
Dr. Alexander Haentzschel, Press Officer
The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" is an
interdisciplinary network of researchers at Heidelberg University. About
200 scholars examine the processes of cultural exchange between Asia and
Europe from a global perspective.
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