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)
[more info]


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

[mehr Infos]


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]


Knowing the Kimberley Rock Art – Alliances of circulating references

The ancient rock paintings of the Kimberley Region in Northwest Australia are a precious part of the Aboriginal living cultural heritage. Today these artistic manifestations, the most prominent rock figures among them are Gwion Gwion and Wandjina paintings, again receive much attention from scholars, economics and the media due to the pressing interests in the region expressed (1) by multinational industries in search for natural resources, (2) by Native Title claimants to the land of the Kimberley, and (3) a growing tourism industry.


A wide network has been established around the Kimberley Rock Art contesting the tensions between preservation and industrialization of the region and its heritage. This research analysis how knowledges about and with Aboriginal Rock Art are established, constructed and negotiated between different Actors within the alliances around the rock paintings. The diverse Actors, such as archaeologists, tourists and indigenous and non-indigenous local community members form a network in which strategies of knowledge production and knowledge exchange are established. Following these chains of references which connect the various Actors will lead to an analysis of how they have established diverse collaborations and engagements with the local environment and heritage sites of the Rock Art. The focus of analysis lies on stakeholders and cultural brokers and their understanding of Aboriginal Rock Art and the negotiation of borders between ‘lay’ and ‘scientific’ knowledge. The networks, and the webs of meanings they generate will be analyzed regarding the notion of place. This notion is characterized by the experiences it affords and the activities in which the Actors engage, based on the intimate relationality between components enfolding within the landscape. The objective is, by the means of ethnographic fieldwork, to look at the various understandings of rock paintings and how these are linked to wider socio-economic and cultural issues. The intentional and the reflexive aim of desires surrounding the transcultural heritage are analyzed in light of the perception of the Rock Art in projects of political self-constitution, as well as for pragmatic economic and scientific aims. All of which will be considered due to their embeddedness in normative, political, scientific and social contexts. In addition, the labeling of this transcultural heritage as art implies approaches from aesthetics, form and materiality.





Juliane Heinze (geborene Breitfeld)

Transcultural Studies

Universität Heidelberg

Marstallstr. 6

69117 Heidelberg

Telefon: 06221/ 5478 56

Fax: 06221/ 5478 62



since August 2019

position at the ethnographic museum Grassi Leipzig, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden (wissenschaftliches Volontariat)

December 2014

Ph.D. position at the Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg

November 2014

Graduation Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology
M.A. Thesis:

Subjektivierung im Künstlersein: Kolumbianische Künstler und ihre Lebensweltgestaltung (Subjectification through being an artist: Colombian artists and their composing of lifeworlds)


October 2012 – November 2014

Master’s Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Martin Luther University Halle


September 2012

Graduation Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology
B.A. Thesis:

Transgression in rituellen und symbolischen Kontexten am ethnografischen Beispiel der Nahua und Yukatan Maya (Transgression in ritual and symbolic contexts using the ethnographic example of the Nahua and Yucatan Maya)


October 2009 – September 2012

Undergraduate Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Leipzig


September 2007 – May 2009

Voluntary Service in an NGO in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Mozambique


June 2007

Graduation secondary school St. Augustin Grimma, major subjects History and German


Field Research

August – September 2013

Pereira, Colombia
Ethnographic Fieldwork: Subjektivierungsprozesse und Lebensweltgestaltung im Künstlersein (Subjectification and the composing of lifeworlds through being an artist)
- PROMOS scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Office) –


July – September 2012

Pereira, Colombia
Internship at the foundation Fundasan: Emprendimiento y Desarrollo Comunitario (Entrepreneurship and Communal Development)
- Travel Grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Office) –


September – October 2011

South Carolina and Louisiana, USA
Group Research: Afro-Americans in the US-South
Interdisciplinary Study Trip of the Social and Cultural Anthropology and the American Studies Departments, University of Leipzig

Dezember 2014 – April 2019


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