"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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Jenny Oesterle organizes together with Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht a section on the 52. deutschen Historikertag in Münster on the subject of  "Flight and Asylum from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period - transcultural perspectives" [more]



Head of Research Group Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle and Dr. Carsten Wergin talk about their research in Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


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



How Were Refugees Protected in the Islamic Early Middle Ages?



How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



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




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





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

as part of the Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 June 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]


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

[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]


Associate Members and Cooperations




I. “Those Damned Infidels” – The Frankish Raid on Alexandria in 1365 as a Turning Point. The Interdependence of Trade, Religion and Politics.

Anna K. Angermann, M.A., Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

This project examines how the Frankish raid on Alexandria in 1365 shook the relationship between “East” and “West” or Cyprus and the Mamluk Empire and influenced medieval Mamluk society. It analyses the raid in the sense of a fragile coalition under Cypriote rule against an instable Mamluk Empire with a heterogeneous population as well as the interdependence of trade, religion and politics. On the basis of European and Arabic sources, the aim is to understand the web of relationships between the various groups based in the Mamluk Empire and their relationship with the Mamluk authorities and their mutual perception. [...]

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II. Fremde Apotheker in Venedig und deren Handel im Mittelmeer im 15. Jahrhundert: der Fall Agostino Altucci aus Arezzo

Dr. Phil. Andrea Mozzato

Der Apotheker Agostino Altucci kommt im Jahr 1465 aus der toskanischen Stadt Arezzo auf den großen Marktplatz Venedig, um sein Glück im Handel des Mittelmeerraums zu suchen. Grundstein seines Unternehmens bildet eine alte, heruntergewirtschaftete “spezieria“ am Rialto, die er zusammen mit seinem venezianischen Geschäftspartner Pietro de Bezzi neu aufbaut. Zehn Jahre lang macht Agostino Geschäfte mit unterschiedlichsten Kaufleuten, bevor er 1475 die Lagunenstadt verlässt, um in seine Heimatstadt zurückzukehren und dort - reich an Erfahrungen aus der Serenissima - sein Gewerbe fortzusetzen. [...]

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III. Trans-European Diasporas: Migration, Minorities, and Diasporic Experience in East/Central Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean 500-1800

Cooperation with the CEU Budapest

The cooperation will explore questions such as: how did (the same) diasporic groups (for instance Roman soldiers, Jewish or Morisco refugees, Venetian or Florentine merchant groups) interact with their host societies in such different places as Constantinople, Buda and Cairo?  How did diasporic experience contribute to the processes of cultural mediation and exchange between the two regions under study?  How did diasporic communities negotiate legal regimes and extra-territorial rights in various East/Central European and Eastern Mediterranean contexts? Did the trade routes match the identifiable lines of communication among and within diasporic communities, as well as between them and the homeland or host society? How did different local concepts of identity and belonging inform the trans-regional diasporic experience of communities under study? [...]

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