Summer School 2013 "Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and Europe."

Dear colleagues,

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

Heidelberg University welcomes applications for its Summer School 2013

"Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and

Europe." It will take place from August 4 to 8 in Heidelberg, Germany.

This year's Summer School will explore the significance of space and

locality for the generation and circulation of knowledge. Starting from

the premise that space and place shape the social interactions in which

knowledge is made and remade, the Summer School will address questions

such as: Is all knowledge local? Does the situatedness of knowledge

preclude claims to 'truth' and 'universality'? And how can we best

conceptualize the liminal spaces in which knowledge is traded or

transmitted? Individual sessions will focus on selected places involved in

circulations of knowledge between and within early modern Asia and Europe,

ranging from courts, schools, academies, temples, and observatories to

print shops, bazaars, roadhouses, ports and ships.

The Summer School addresses graduate students in humanities and social

sciences with an interest in theories and practices of knowledge

production in Asia and Europe. The academic program combines informal

lectures with more interactive elements such as reading groups and writing

workshops. The invited scholars represent a wide range of backgrounds and

share an interest in engaging in critical dialogue across regional and

disciplinary boundaries. Confirmed speakers include Christian Jacob

(Paris), Dhruv Raina (Delhi), Ruth Rogaski (Vanderbilt), Stephan Günzel

(Berlin), Fan Fa-ti (Binghamton), Henrique Leitao (Lisbon), Martin

Dusinberre (Newcastle), Eric Hayot (Penn State) and, from Heidelberg

University, Frank Grüner, Rui Magone, and Joachim Kurtz.

In addition to the academic program, a range of excursions and leisure

activities in and around the city of Heidelberg is on offer.

The application form can be found on our website and is to be sent

together with a letter of motivation by May 31. For more information see

Please circulate this information among potentially interested graduate


Best wishes,

Joachim Kurtz


Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

Intellectual History, Cluster "Asia and Europe"

Karl Jaspers Centre

Vossstr. 2, Building 4400

D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Tel. +49-6221-54-4345

Fax +49-6221-54-4012