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


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



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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

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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

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Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

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

link to LoKiHweb-group

Kick-started by the seminal paper of William Safran entitled “Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return” in the first issue of the Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies (1991), in the last two decades the study of diasporas became a prominent academic field, especially in Anglo-Saxon scholarship, leading to the emergence of journals and even graduate programmes exploring this phenomenon from various disciplinary perspectives. The emphasis on the diasporas was rooted in post-colonial studies whose focus on centre and periphery gradually proved unsuited for the study of more complex forms of interactions and processes, such as those by which minority groups would establish themselves at the very heart of cultural and political life of the societies they resided in.  Until recently, most of the work emerging in the field of diasporic studies has focused on contemporary diasporas and typically dealt with only one group. This contemporary bias has obscured the fact that many diasporic groups can be adequately understood only if their emergence is viewed in a “longue durée” perspective through a careful history of connections between the group’s (virtual) homeland and its host society. On the other hand, the focus on a single diasporic group makes generalisation difficult and prevents scholars from understanding the historical diversity of such trans-national experiences.


For these reasons, we propose to study diasporic groups in a comparative and distinctly historical, pre-modern perspectives in conjunction with the experiences of migration and minority status, and thus pursue a more historically-sensitive definition of a diaspora, one based on diversity of trans-national experience. Our project will focus on the diasporic communities between East/Central Europe on the one hand and the Eastern Mediterranean on the other—the two regions with strong historical connections that have nevertheless been obscured by the modern concepts of „east“ and „west“ as well as linguistic and disciplinary boundaries.


We 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?


Based on these questions, we outlined four research areas that would also serve as the foci of four workshops we plan to organize in the next two years:

  1. Migration of Knowledge through Traveller, Scholarly and Diplomatic Diasporas
  2. Trading Diasporas’ Role in Trade and Diplomacy
  3. Problematizing Religious and Ethnic Identities in the Processes of Expulsion and Diaspora Formation
  4. Military Diasporas and Diasporic Regimes

These four research areas will all be mindful of the following four thematic/ analytical axes based on types of sources (preferably all at the same time, if possible):

  • Textual and Linguistic Interactions of particular interest in this context will be textual and manuscript production, particular attention will be given to linguistically hybrid  and aljamiado sources
  • Exchanges in the Realm of Material Culture particular attention will be devoted to epigraphic  (graves' inscriptions, indications of patronage connections on buildings, etc.), archaeological (grave goods, ruins of settlements) and architectural evidence (ghettos, fondacos)
  • Visual Traces of Diasporic Life and Identity especially imagery of diasporic narratives of separation, exclusion, and inclusion as evident in visual (art historical) sources
  • Situating Diasporas: Networks and Historical Geography spatial aspects of communication within and between diasporic groups, as well as between diasporic communities and their virtual or real homeland and the host society

In addition to the workshops, the project will entail collaboration on a web-based research database on pre-modern diasporas in East/Central Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, providing primary and secondary sources as well as virtual meeting places and collaborative writing tools both for the involved researchers and for the broader international academic community. This database would not only facilitate the work of researchers involved in the present cooperation but create the nucleus for an online community interested in the topic of medieval and early modern diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean and East/Central Europe. The work on the creation of this database has already begun in cooperation between Universität Heidelberg and University of Toronto (, while cooperation with CEU is meant to add further features and expand geographic coverage.  The system and structure of database could also be used by knowledge communities in other fields, i.e. detached from ist current contents or data.


Prof. Niels Gaul, Prof. Gerhard Jaritz, Prof. Dr. Andrea Jördens, Prof. Dr. Birgit Klein, Prof. Tjana Krstic, Prof. Katalin Szende, Prof. Carsten Wilke, Dr. Stefan Burkhardt, Dr. des. Georg Christ, Dr. Julia DückerDr. Jörg Peltzer, Dr. Patrick Sänger, Dr. Dagmar Schlüter, Teresa Sartore, Lajos Berkes, Tobias Graf, Luka Špoljarić, Tamás Kiss, Roman Shlyakhtin, Veronika Csikos, Irina Savinetskaya, Darko Karacic, Cristian-Nicolae Daniel, Dora Merai, Ünige Bencze, Kyra Lyubyanovics, Christopher Mielke, Krisztina Arany, Mircea Dulus.


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