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


[mehr info]


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



[mehr info]



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

[more info]


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
[for more information]


B.D. Binder

A Case Study in Nationalism and Gender – the Amur Society (Kokuryūkai), 1917-1936


Key texts within so-called classical theory of nationalisms show a distinct and telling neglect of the gendered and gendering formative processes involved in nation-building. Several works by feminist scholars since the mid-1980s have contested this view by arguing that neither nationalisms nor the nation can be sufficiently understood without their respective integral gender(ing) parts. Historians of Japan have given the Amur Society (黒龍会, established 1901, disbanded 1946) a prominent place in the history of ultranationalist Japan, but no published study has analyzed the gendered nationalist discourse of the Amur Society yet. The study seeks to critically fill this historiographical gap by focusing on the discourse of masculinity in the name of the nation as exemplified by the male homosocial Amur Society, “the pan-Asian society par excellence” (Sven Saaler), and its founder Uchida Ryōhei (内田良平, 1874-1937). The thesis’ aim is to expound how discourses of masculinity were constructed in the name of the nation and to explore the historical specificity of such discourses whose traces arguably extend to our times.


Zur Person: 


B.D. Binder

University of Heidelberg
Transcultural Studies
69117 Heidelberg
Phone: 06221/5478-60
Fax: 06221/5478-62

Primary email-address:



Research Interests

Political paradoxa

(Trans) Gender Theory

History of Modern Japan

Japanese Film


Academic Employment

October 2008 - 31st December 2011
Research Associate, Junior Research Group “Nationalism and Gender in the United States, Japan and Germany 1900-1945”, University of Heidelberg.

April 2006 – September 2006

Teaching Assistant, Department of English Studies, University of Cologne

April 2005 – December 2005:
Research Assistant, Department of History, University of Cologne



from Sept. 25th, 2011: ERASMUS Ph.D.-student at SOAS, London

June 2010 – August 2010: German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo

October 2003 – December 2003

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Research stay in Yokohama/Tokyo

September 1999 – July 2000

Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG): Waseda University, Tokyo

June 1999 – August 1999 Japan Foundation:

Japanese Language Institute Kansai, Osaka



September 2010 – present
Ph.D. Student, University of Heidelberg
June 2004
M.A., University of Cologne: Japanese Studies, Media Studies, English Studies
M.A. Thesis: “Yakuza – a social phenomenon and its representation in movies of Kitano Takeshi”





「男の道」に就いて『亜細亜時論』とThe Asian Review の武士道ディスクール(1917-21 [On “The Manly Way”, Bushidô discourse in Ajia jiron and The Asian Review, 1917-21], in: CEEJA 2011アルザス日欧知的交流事業 日本研究セミナー大正戦前


Tobias Nagl: Die unheimliche Maschine. Rasse und Repräsentation im Weimarer Kino. Edition text + kritik, 2009, in: KONKRET 10.2009.

Jack Holland: Misogynie. Die Geschichte des Frauenhasses. Frankfurt/M.: Zweitausendeins, 2007, in: KONKRET 03.2008.



Participant of the 2011 Intellectual Exchange Program, Japanese Study Seminar “Taisho - Prewar (Showa)” at the CEEJA in Kientzheim, France (CEEJA/Japan Foundation) (presentation scheduled for September 12, 2011)

Participant of the 7th EAJS workshop for doctoral candidates, 21-24 August, 2011 in Käsmu, Estonia (funded by Japan Foundation & Toshiba International Foundation) (presentation given on August 23, 2011)

“The Manly Way – Bushidô-discourse in Ajia Jiron and The Asian Review (1917-1921)“, panel 749 “Discursive Masculinities in Modern Japan”, AAS-ICAS Joint Conference “70 Years of Asian Studies”, Honolulu, Hawaii, 04/2011

 “The Manly Way – Bushidô-discourse in The Asian Review, 1920-21”, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo: DIJ Study Group, 07/2010



Panel „Discursive constructions of masculinity, past and present“, presenters: Emma E. Cook, Ph.D., Ronald Saladin, M.A., B.D. Binder, M.A., German Institute of Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo, 07/2010



Associated Member to the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Heidelberg

European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

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