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Asien-Orient-Institut UFSP Asien und Europa (2006–2017)

Transcultural Bodies - Transboundary Biographies. Border crossings in Asia and Europe

New Delhi, 21-24 February 2010

In cooperation with the Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context of the University of Heidelberg and with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi

Recent research in transboundary travels of concepts, (institutional) practices, and material culture has provided new perspectives in cultural and historical studies. Not only have transcultural biographies been the subject of recent scholarly interest, but there has also been an increasing interest in questions of space. Research related to border crossing interrogates the boundedness of national political space. Research in this field, which focuses on global sites and migrant trails in the present and in the past, evinces a new interest in processes of border crossing as well as border making. The transnationalisation of law or the study of multicultural organisations provides yet other fruitful fields to investigate these processes.

This workshop critically investigates border crossings in different media and in a variety of colonial and post–colonial contexts. It also explores the production of transcultural bodies and seeks to understand how biographical research is transforming our understanding of transcultural entanglements.

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