New Round of Applications for the Cluster's Graduate Programme in Transcultural Studies
The Cluster's Graduate Programme in Transcultural Studies (GPTS) will open a new call for applications in January 2011
The GPTS provides a structured Ph.D. programme with an interdisciplinary approach. The European model of highly individualised doctoral studies is combined with a system of guided courses. Supervision is provided by a mentoring scheme during a term of three academic years. In the first year participants will have to attend a number of thematically focused classes. The second year is intended for field research, while the third year will be dedicated for the write-up and the presentation of the results. Each Ph.D. student will be assigned to two mentors/advisors. Half of the 16 scholarships are reserved for students from Asia.More about the Graduate Programme ...
Posted on 19 Nov 2010
Roundtable Discussion: Comparative Urbanism: Media, Events and Visuality in Delhi and Shanghai, Wednesday, October 20 6pm, Sarai / Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
The discussion is part of the Cluster Asia and Europe's international workshop on 'Spaces inbetween: from non-place to shared space in global Delhi and Shanghai', October 19-23, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi.
Delhi: Amita Baviskar (n.c.) , Melissa Butcher, Ravi
Sundaram, Ravi Vasudevan
Shanghai: Christian Henriot, Marie Sander, Tina Schilbach, Jeffrey
All are invited!
Posted on 11 Oct 2010
Lecture: 'Spaces of Exclusion, Inclusion, and Encounter in Old and New Shanghai' by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Tuesday October 19, 7pm
Siddharta Hall, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
In his talk
on colonial cities, Prof. Wasserstrom will discuss Shanhai’s globalization from
the viewpoint of entertainment and leisure venues, thereby exploring the
various meanings of global encounters which these spaces have encouraged,
barred or regulated over the course of the city’s rich history.
The presentation will explore the bracketing off of different sorts of spaces
in three periods of Shanghai's history: the treaty-port era (1840s-1940s), the
"Post-Mao but Pre-McDonald's" interregnum (my term for the 1980s),
and the first two decades of what I refer to as the city's era of
"reglobalization" (1990-2010). More specifically, I'm curious about
the degree to which Chinese and non-Chinese residents of and visitors to the
city were kept apart and able to interact in different locales during those three
periods, and will focus on places such as parks, cafes, hotels, restaurants,
department stores, universities, and entertainment venues. Over the course of
the treaty-port era, segregation rooted in nationality seemed to give way to
forms of segregation having more to do with class (the great example being the
Public Garden going from having entry rules that referred to nationality to
ones that simply referred to the need to pay a fee to get in), and something
similar happened between the 1980s (when there were banquet rooms and the like
reserved for "foreign guests") and the present (when how much you can
afford to pay for a drink is a more significant variable in determining your
uses of some bars, for example, than where you were born). There are surely
interesting comparative questions that this will raise in an Indian context
(e.g., how does Shanghai's quasi-colonial past as a divided city make its
experience similar to or different than that of urban centers in formerly
colonized parts of South Asia), but I won't take an explicitly comparative
approach--except in the sense of comparing eras.
About the speaker:
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the
University of California, Irvine. A specialist in contemporary China, he is
editor of the Journal of Asian Studies and author of four books, the most
recent of which is China in the 21st
Century: What everyone needs to know (Oxford, 2010).
Posted on 11 Oct 2010
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