Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns: Hermann Klaatsch (1863-1916) - Ein Heidelberger
Wissenschaftler in Australien

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Eine Ausstellung der Nachwuchsforschergruppe
"Das transkulturelle Erbe
Nordwestaustraliens: Dynamiken und Resistenzen"

Ort: Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Zeit: 21. Juli bis 14. Oktober 2017, Di-So 10-18h

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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

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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

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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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International 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)

organized by

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) and the 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

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




The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances

The Research Group examines the unique transcultural heritage of the Kimberley (Western Australia) as it aligns diverse actors in a collective response to the large-scale industrialization of the region. Empirical studies analyse how preservation is at the root of new alliances of environmentalists and local community members, tourist and travellers, as well as other groups who might previously contest their authorities of speaking for or even being ‘on Aboriginal country’. In light of this, researchers discuss how transcultural heritage preservation, reconciliation and sustainable development in ‘Multicultural Australia’ might be conceived of differently, namely as ecological projects of biocultural hope that take indigenous knowledge seriously.

The Kimberley region is a unique tourist destination advertised as the ’last frontier’ of Australia. Apart from its magnificent scenery, it holds significant natural and cultural values. Additionally, a creolization process brought forth by Aboriginal, European and Southeast Asian migration (notably Japanese pearl divers) spans back to the late 19th century. All of this today forms the basis for a unique transcultural heritage. This heritage is put under significant pressure due to the proposal of large-scale explorations of natural resources: coal, iron-ore, uranium and bauxite, but also shale gas, extracted throughout the Kimberley with use of the controversial technology of fracking.

The Research Group studies resulting controversies with a focus on concrete products of the transcultural heritage of the Kimberley. Rising conflicts between (1) resource industries that aim to exploit nature and (2) transcultural heritage initiatives designed to preserve it have activated new and situated debates about the future of the region. To put it differently, the conflicts between diverse actors (scientists, politicians, NGOs, parts of the indigenous and non-indigenous population, and the resource industry) have also generated diverse collaborations and ‘cosmopolitical’ engagements with the local environment. In light of the predicament of the anthropocene, what are their alternative models for a common future for the Kimberley?

Individual Projects:

Dreamings, Songlines and the "Cult of Heritage"

Knowing the Kimberley Rock Art

The Culture of Pearling in the North-West Kimberley

Art, Culture and Religion at Beagle Bay in Historical Perspective

The Broome Pearling Industry and the White Australia Policy

Water as a Contested Element


Partner Institutions:
Further Affiliated Projects:
‘Goolarabooloo Culture of the Western Kimberley‘, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, led by Prof Stephen Muecke (UNSW)
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Die JRG mit Gästen des Symposiums Curating Heritage im Oktober 2016: (im Uhrzeigersinn
von links): Juliane Breitfeld, Sarah Yu, Carsten Wergin, Birgit Scheps-Bretschneider,
Corinna Erckenbrecht, Anna Haebich
Past Events:
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Curating Heritage Plakat Web-page-001




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