The German Federal Ministery of Education (Bmbf) funds a project lead by Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman and Dr. Jenny Oesterle: "The Middle Ages as seen from Arab Eyes. Medieval Collections in Museums in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates".


"Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities. A Survey".
The German Federal Ministry of Education (Bmbf) funds a project by Bashar Ibrahim and Jenny Oesterle (both members of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
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Dr. Carsten Wergin contributed a session on 'Listening Carefully' to the Radical Hope Syllabus. The group-sourced syllabus is intended as a resource for anyone interested in environmental issues - and how we, collectively and/or individually, might respond to them [more info]


Dr. Corinna Erckenbrecht (assoziiertes Mitglied der Nachwuchsforschergruppe Das transkulturelle Erbe Nordwest-Australiens) ist seit Mai 2018 neue Leiterin der Abteilung Weltkulturen und ihre Umwelt an den rem | Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim.

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Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle und Dr. Carsten Wergin zu ihren Forschungen im Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


How Can Australian Indigenous Experience Change Western Perspectives of the World?




How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns
Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien


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Russischsprachige Bevölkerung in Osteuropa – von der Titularnation zur Minderheit
Demokratische Transformation und gesellschaftliche Integration im Baltikum und in der Ukraine



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Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia
Epistemologies, Practices and Locales

Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia

Edited by Ravi Baghel, Lea Stepan, Joseph K.W. Hill

[more info]


Lustre: Pearling and Australia


Edited by Tanya Edwards, Sarah Yu

[more info]



Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

im Rahmen der Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 Juni 2017, University of Cologne

[more info]



The Trouble with Representation: Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the "White Magic" of Modernity

Dr. Carsten Wergin

06 April 2017, University of Western Australia

[more Info]


Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

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Internationaler Workshop:

"Refugee transfers in the Euro- Arab Mediterranean zone:
Tying the past with the present
Towards a transregional and transhistorical understanding in times of crises"

(10-12 April 2017 Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon)

organisiert von:

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) und der Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Collaborations of Biocultural Hope: Community Science Against Industrialisation in Northwest Australia


Dr. Carsten Wergin

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Expansion und Aktivitäten des Mercedarier-Ordens im Andenraum des 16. Jahrhunderts

Dr. Maret Keller

Anden Diss - Keller

​(Dissertationsschrift Universität Heidelberg 2013), URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-187295


Dancehall und Homophobie
Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Geschichte und Kultur Jamaikas
Patrick HelberDancehall

​05/2015, 304 Seiten, kart.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3109-8

[weitere infos]


Materialities of Tourism
Special Issue of Tourist Studies (2014, 14/3)Guest-editors Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin




Caribbean Food Cultures
Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas
Food Cultures Transcript

05/2014, 306 pages,
ISBN 978-3-8376-2692-6
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Friederike Schmidt


University of Greifswald​Friederike Schmidt2
Department of History
Rubenowstraße 2
17489 Greifswald



  • Since 9/2018 Associate Member of the Research Group ‚The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances’ at the Excellence Initiative Project ‚Transcultural Studies’, Heidelberg University
  • 2016-2018 Master of Arts (M.A.) History, University of Greifswald


Doctoral Project:

“Sammler und Sammlungen Indigener Objekte im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert”

My project investigates the collecting processes of private collectors and those of British officials in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria between the 1840s and 1960s, with emphasis on the transcultural character of the collected artefacts. This transcultural perspective on the collecting process and mobility of artefacts offers a unique view on the entanglements of local cultural material and global collector networks. Ethnographic fieldwork on the provenance of artefacts is combined with a prosopographical approach to the collectors, in order to offer a comprehensive dataset for statistical and geographical analysis as well as the visualisation of artworks’ and collectors’ specific transcultural histories.
The theoretical and methodological combination of prosopographical methodology and ethnographic fieldwork is subjected to statistical analysis and visualisation using the geographic information system (GIS). The examination of written sources will furthermore be accompanied by interviews with descendants and representatives of Indigenous communities. Based on this interdisciplinary approach and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods, the project provides i) a comparative perspective on collection processes of officials and private collectors of Aboriginal artefacts, ii) a comprehensive study including a statistical analysis of the biographies of collectors and their transcultural artefacts, and iii) a geographical database with digital maps on collectors' movements and the provenance of collected items.


Research Assistance:

  • 06/2013-09/2018 International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Research Student
  • 05/2015-07/2015 “Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then &Now”, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Intern/Curatorial Assistance




  • Since 2018: Doctoral Scholarship holder funded by the State Graduate Funding Mecklenburg Vorpommern
  • 2015: DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service), funding used for internship at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
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