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.

[mehr infos]


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]


Lea Stepan


Heidelberg University
Transcultural Studies
Raum 321
Marstallstraße 6
69117 Heidelberg

Tel: +49 6221 547861



  • Since 09/2018: Associate Member of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at University of Cambridge (‚gloknos‘).
    The multi-disciplinary research centre was founded by Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya in 2017 and is funded by the European Research Council
  • Since 09/2017: Member of the Research Group ‚The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances’ at the Excellence Initiative Project ‚Transcultural Studies’, Heidelberg University
  • 2016 – 2017: Affiliate member at Cluster of Excellence ‚Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ Heidelberg University
  • 2013 – 2016 Doctoral Researcher and Member of the Research Group ‚Waterscapes in a Transcultural Perspective’ (MC9) at Cluster of Excellence ‚Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ Heidelberg University
  • 2006 – 2012: Magistra Artium (M.A.) Anthropology and Religious Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Doctoral Project:

"Water as a contested element between cosmological, environmental and economic ascriptions and knowledges in Bali"


Research Assistance

10/2010 – 08/2012: Institute of Anthropology, Research Assistant (Prof. Dr. Annette Hornbacher)

02/2009 – 08/2009: Reiss-Engelhorn Museum Mannheim, Research Assistant for Exhibition ‚Klang der Kulturen’





Stepan, L. (2017) Balinese wet rice agriculture in transition: water knowledge between a sentient ecology and the pursuit of development. In R. Baghel; L. Stepan and J. Hill (eds.) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge.


Baghel, R. & Stepan, L. (2017) Contextualising the Anthropocene: The cultures, practices and politics of water knowledge in Asia. In R. Baghel; L. Stepan and J. Hill (eds.) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge.



Baghel, R; Stepan, L. and Hill, J. (eds.) (2017) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge. (




  • 2014 – 2016: Doctoral Scholarship holder funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Cluster of Excellence ‚Asia and Europe in a Global Context: The Dynamics of Transculturality’ at the University of Heidelberg
  • 2010 : DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) (funding used for research assistant activities at Divine Word University Madang, Papua New Guinea)
  • 2010: European Federation Erasmus Grant for international Internships (funding used for internship at NGO UpToYouToo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)



09/2015 – 11/2015: Tabanan, Bali, Indonesien (affiliated at Universitas Udayana, Bali)

04/2015 – 05/2015: Tabanan, Bali, Indonesien

05/2014 – 08/2014: Tabanan, Bali, Indonesien




  • ‚Epistemologies of Water in Asia‘ with Dr. Ravi Baghel; Internat. workshop at Karl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg, 13.14. December 2014


  • ‚Waterscapes in Bali and Beyond. Shifting Paradigms of Purity and Pollution’ with Prof. Annette Hornbacher; Internat. workshop in collaboration with Universitas Hindu Indonesia, Bali, Indonesia 22.24. September 2015



  • ‚The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections’ Summer School on ‚Connectivity in Motion: People, Ideas, and Animals across the Indian Ocean, at Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS) at the Martin Luther University HalleWittenberg, funded by Volkswagen Foundation grant
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