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Institutional Strategy I

The concept of the comprehensive university is a central component of the university’s institutional strategy, “Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University”, which proved successful in Excellence Initiative I (2007) of the federal and state governments. Institutional Strategy I is particularly concerned with dialogue across traditional disciplinary boundaries and the development of new forms of cooperation across fields of expertise.

Institutional Strategy I (2007)


Claudia Brosseder, Georg Christ

Claudia Brosseder and Georg Christ
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Transcultural Studies (Archive)

Research across Eras and Continents

The subject of transcultural studies is one of the pillars of Heidelberg’s concept of the comprehensive university. It is characterised especially by the close ties that exist between different disciplines. The primary goal of the Excellence measures in this area is to overcome the traditional focus of area studies on historical eras or continents and direct more attention to transcultural processes instead.

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The University has also launched a new career model in the humanities: In addition to the traditional scientific career tracks - habilitation, assistant position or junior professorship - the University has established independent junior research groups that are given early scientific autonomy, including leadership of the group, the right to supervise doctoral students, and an in­di­vidual budget. The close cooperation between these groups that transcends the individual focus on eras and continents is a distinguishing characteristic and indispensable prerequisite of transcultural studies.

Junior research groups:

The cooperation between transcultural studies and the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) aims at promoting the introduction of computer-aided models in the humanities and cultural studies. The junior research group "Scientific Computing in the Humanities – Computer Vision" headed by Prof. Dr. Björn Ommer has broken new ground in the collaboration between mathematics and the humanities.

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