"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]



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 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]


Der (allegorische) Körper als ästhetisches Prinzip – (gender-)theoretische Perspektiven

Heidelberg, 6th and 7nd of May 2011

Call for Papers


Latin Rhodes and European Malta: Two Fortress-Islands at the Borders of the Western World

In this research project I will argue that in present times, as in the medieval period, imaginary but also real fortresses were and are created to defend the European territory and the “Western identity” from an alleged “infidel” threat.
Key issues will be: the clash/encounter between social/religious/ethnic groups in transcultural societies, the emergence of diasporic identities and legal pluralism and yesterday’s and today’s perception of an alleged Islamic menace and its consequences. Interesting analogies and differences emerge by the study, on the one hand, of crusades and medieval diplomatic and unofficial relations between Christians and “infidels”, and, on the other hand, contemporary preventive wars and restrictive migration policies, also under the light of the impact of recent North African revolutions.
An anthropological and legal analysis will be coupled with an historical one. Therefore, two case studies will be compared and contrasted: medieval Latin Rhodes (focusing on Hospitallers’ construction of Bodrum castle and indulgence selling policies at the beginning of the 15th c.) and contemporary Malta (as part of the European Union since 2004, focusing on the impact of the “Arab spring” on migration policies). Both Rhodes and Malta, in two different historical periods, had and have been (and certainly have been imagined as) strategic Mediterranean frontiers of the Latin Christian or now European/Western-Christian world. The study of these two specific cases shall provide insights for a better comprehension of how the imagery of the “fortress” works in order to create a “protected unity” against a “fragmented reality”. Extreme security measures are enacted instead of formulating more human and pragmatic common policies.


Photography website:


Personal Details


Teresa SartoreTeresa Sartore Senigaglia

Currently detached to GERME at the ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles)


  • Since 04/2009
    Research Associate, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 09/2007 - 09/2008
    Master of Arts in Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
  • 03/2008 - 07/2008
    Public Relations and Marketing officer (volunteer), Refugee Council, London, UK
  • 09/2006- 08/2007
    Event Organiser, Light-Box s.n.l., Communication and Event Agency, Venice, Italy
  • 04/2006 - 08/2006
    Intern for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Embassy, Rabat, Morocco
  • 01/2006 – 04/2006
    Event organiser and teacher, Italian Cultural Centre, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • 09/2000 – 09/2005
    Laurea in Scienze e Tecniche dell’Interculturalità (Intercultural Studies), Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
  • 08/2005
    European Summer School “European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum”, Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe, ULB - Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 09/2003 – 07/2004
    Exchange student at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


Research and Photography

Personal projects:

- “Behind the Wall” photo exhibition, Heidelberg 2010

- “Transculturality” blog, since 2009

- “Frammenti di ordinaria africanità” exhibition: a glimpse of African world through a photographic eye, Rabat (Morocco) 2006,

- “ Frammenti di ordinaria africanità” blog,, 2006

On commission:

“My Local Guide Venice”, Light Box editions, 2008, Venice, Italy,


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