Tasveer Ghar: A House of Pictures receives prestigious grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG), November 2008

We are very happy to announce that Tasveer Ghar has received a generous grant of three years of funding from the German Research Foundation. This grant emerges from Tasveer Ghar’s collaboration with Heidelberg University’s new Cluster of  Excellence, “Asia and Europe in a Global Context. Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” (see http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/Plone). This grant will enable Tasveer Ghar to launch a new initiative on Eurasian Muslim Popular Visual Culture, as well as strengthen our capacity to work across and beyond the South Asian region from Delhi,

Calendar, 1928, from the Priya Paul Collection, New Delhi

and develop institutional ties with the Cluster members at the Karl Jaspers Centre, Heidelberg, as well as international partners. Our collaboration with Heidelberg University’s Cluster  of Excellence will lead us to track (a) the flows of images and concepts between Europe and Asia, and within Asia; and (b) further ongoing collaboration with European and Asian institutions/scholars/ students/practitioners. The moving and still images collected and tagged in this process will be fed into already-existing image archives of both Tasveer Ghar and the Karl Jaspers Centre.
About the Cluster
"Asia and Europe in a Global Context": 

The Research Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows" at the University of Heidelberg is part of the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The objective of the Cluster is to examine processes of cultural exchange with a strong focus on interdisciplinary research. Established in October 2007 in cooperation with renowned international institutions, the Cluster provides excellent academic facilities and prospects especially for young scholars. The aim of the Cluster is to analyse shifting asymmetries in cultural flows. The non-geographical use of both Asia and Europe and the concept of cultural flows are key elements of innovative theoretical debates on cultural exchange from the Bronze Age up to the present. The Cluster intends to develop innovative as well as sustainable concepts of research by the combination of different skills and approaches. A broad network of international partner institutions, most of them in Asia and the United States, will foster the educational exchange and ensure the Cluster's international reputation within the scientific community.

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