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Ideas form when your brain gets in touch with new perspectives. That’s why we have created this Lab: to provide all the necessary insights to enable your kick off!

Here, we provide you with ideas for research topics on transculturality and its implications – get inspired by the outlines presented in this Lab! Besides, we invite you to check out our existing projects and the opportunities to become a part of them. We are looking forward to jointly tackling burning issues of our present and future world.

We are pleased to introduce our new core format of the Transcultural Caravan’s research activities: Transcultural Research Groups. A Transcultural Research Group links inspiring people from various cultural and disciplinary backgrounds to work on a joint project on transcultural concerns. Below, you can find more information on the Transcultural Research Groups. And don’t forget to check out our current projects!

Please also discover our Blog, our Book or check out our latest Podcast.

Are you ready for transculturality?

Our Transcultural Research Groups

What is a Transcultural Research Group (TRG)?
A TRG consists of students, academics and professionals from various cultural and disciplinary backgrounds who work together on a joint research project.

What kind of research is done by TRGs?
TRG research projects address issues of transcultural relevance. All academic disciplines are invited to launch their topics on transcultural concerns.

What is the organizational structure of a TRG and the design of a TRG project?
TRGs are free to establish their own organizational structure and to choose their individual approach to answering their research questions. Actually, the process of coordinating the TRG, of designing the details of the project and of working on it as a team of people from different backgrounds is exactly the experience that we want to provide. That’s what transculturality is about!

What is the outcome of a TRG?
The findings and results of a TRG can be published as papers, theses or articles. Besides, they can be launched as a blog post or be presented on conferences, symposiums or summits, such as the annual Transcultural Leadership Summit.

What does the Transcultural Caravan offer you?
TRGs are founded and accompanied by us. We offer you a platform to connect with other inspiring people and to get the latest news on transcultural topics, recent publications and best practices. We help you to find financial support for your research.

You want to join a TRG or lauch a new one?
Please contact us.

Research ideas

Some questions for launching

What does transcultural leadership look like in action? What characterizes a truly global organization? And to which degree does a Code of Ethics contribute to reduce ambiguity within a multinational corporation?

What are the key factors of success and failure which led transcultural communities to flourish or to ruin? How can we translate these factors into today’s international organizations, globally operating companies and mega-cities? And in what way can we generate sustainability and wealth in those mega-cities regarding cultural hybridity, ecological awareness and economic progress?

To what degree does trade impact mutual understanding? How can we establish a respectful way of trading as has been practiced along the Silk Road’s transcultural cities? And is urbanization the new major economic factor?

What are the strategies to cooperate despite enormous ethnic and religious differences? How is diplomacy related to transcultural communication? And to which extent does this affect mutual acceptance, forced cooperation, and reciprocal learning?

Does the twenty-first century change the relationship between deviation and unity? What are the impacts on our identities? And should we think of identities as a concept of hybridity?

Which factors allow shared moral conceptions to emerge? How can they be implemented? And what is the role of Shared Mental Models linked with Shared Practices?

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Library
We have created a section of relevant literature for you. The books are based at the Zeppelin University. Don't forget to check them out!
Material collection
Looking for inspiration or new perspectives? We are sure you will discover something here!
Release of the full Material Collection in the near future.
Ortar: CSR in Israel (Slides)

You can find the corresponding podcast of our session at the 20th Academy for Business Ethics in Weingarten (November 26, 2015) here.

Möhrer, Suurendonk: Transculturalism and Leadership Excellence (Slides)

You can find the corresponding podcast of our session at the 20th Academy for Business Ethics in Weingarten (November 26, 2015) here.

Möhrer, Pillath, Simmank, Suurendonk: Transculturalism and Leadership Excellence (Report)
Library
We have created a section of relevant literature for you. The books are based at the Zeppelin University. Don't forget to check them out!
Relevant literature
Resources in English
  • Meyer, Erin
    The culture map : breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business / Erin Meyer. – 1. ed. – New York, NY : PublicAffairs, 2014. – VIII, 277 p.
  • Mangubhai, Jayshree P.
    Human rights as practice : Dalit women securing livelihood entitlements in South India / Jayshree P. Mangubhai. – 1. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2014. – XIII, 295 p.
  • The Oxford handbook of the Indian economy in the 21st century
    The Oxford handbook of the Indian economy in the 21st century : understanding the inherent dynamism / ed. by Ashima Goyal. – 1. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press, 2014. – LXXIV, 965 p.
  • Clark, Gregory
    The son also rises : surnames and the history of social mobility / Gregory Clark … – Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press, 2014. – XII, 364 p. (The Princeton economic history of the Western world)
  • Transcultural encounters between Germany and India
    Transcultural encounters between Germany and India : kindred spirits in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / ed. by Joanne Miyang Cho … – 1. publ. – London; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014. – XVI, 238 p. (Routledge studies in the modern history of Asia ; 90)
  • Breman, Jan
    At work in the informal economy of India : a perspective from the bottom up / Jan Breman. – 1. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press., 2013. – XIII, 457 p.
  • Europe's immigration challenge
    Europe’s immigration challenge : reconciling work, welfare and mobility / ed. by Elena Jurado … – London : Tauris, 2013. – XIII, 209 p.
  • Collier, Paul
    Exodus : immigration and multiculturalism in the 21st century / Paul Collier. – London : Allen Lane, 2013. – VIII, 309 p.
  • Shaping the city
    Shaping the city : studies in history, theory and urban design / ed. by Rodolphe el-Khoury … – 2. ed. – London : Routledge, 2013. – VIII, 362 p.
  • Transcultural cities
    Transcultural cities : border-crossing and placemaking / ed. by Jeffrey Hou. – New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2013. – XVI, 319 p.
  • Bayly, Christopher A.
    Rulers, townsmen and bazaars : North Indian Society in the age of British expansion 1770 – 1870 / C. A. Bayly. – 3. ed. – New Delhi : Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. – XXX, 632 p . (Oxford India perennials)
  • Sainsbury, Diane
    Welfare states and immigrant rights : the politics of inclusion and exclusion / Diane Sainsbury. – 1. ed. – Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012. – IX, 327 p.
Resources in German
  • Handbuch Interkulturelle Öffnung
    Handbuch Interkulturelle Öffnung : Grundlagen, Best Practice, Tools; mit 15 Tab. / Elisabeth Vanderheiden … (Hg.). – Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. – 714 S.
  • Les Convivialistes
    Das konvivialistische Manifest : für eine neue Kunst des Zusammenlebens / Les Convivialistes. Hrsg. von Frank Adloff … in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research Duisburg. Übers. aus d. Franz. von Eva Moldenhauer. – Bielefeld : transcript, 2014. – 77 S. (X-Texte zu Kultur und Gesellschaft)
  • Haehnel, Birgit
    Anziehen! : transkulturelle Moden = Dressed up! / Hrsg. … Birgit Haehnel … – Bielefeld : transcript, 2013. – 157 S. (Zeitschrift für Zeitgenössisches, Kunst, Populärkultur ; 6)
  • Meiser, Anna
    »Ich trinke aus zwei Flüssen« : zur Logik transkultureller Prozesse bei christlichen Achuar und Shuar im oberen Amazonien / Anna Meiser. – Stuttgart : Kohlhammer, 2013. – 351 S.
  • Kulturgrenzen in postimperialen Räumen
    Kulturgrenzen in postimperialen Räumen : Bosnien und Westukraine als transkulturelle Regionen / Alexander Kratochvil … (Hg.). – Bielefeld : transcript, 2013. – 347 S. (Edition Kulturwissenschaft ; 11)
  • Kulturen in Bewegung
    Kulturen in Bewegung : Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis der Transkulturalität / Dorothee Kimmich … (Hg.). Autoren: S. Karin Amos …. – Bielefeld : Transcript, 2012. – 308 S. (Kultur- und Medientheorie)
  • Lebensmodell Diaspora
    Lebensmodell Diaspora : über moderne Nomaden / Isolde Charim … (Hg.). – Bielefeld : transcript, 2012. – 272 S. (Kultur und soziale Praxis)
  • Bredella, Lothar
    Narratives und interkulturelles Verstehen : zur Entwicklung von Empathie-, Urteils- und Kooperationsfähigkeit / Lothar Bredella. – Tübingen : Narr, 2012. – 151 S. (Giessener Beiträge zur Fremdsprachendidaktik)
  • Verortungen der Interkulturalität
    Verortungen der Interkulturalität : die »Europäischen Kulturhauptstädte« Luxemburg und die Großregion (2007), das Ruhrgebiet (2010) und Istanbul (2010) / Thomas Ernst … (Hg.). – Bielefeld : transcript, 2012. – 316 S. (Interkulturalität ; 1)
  • Waffen, Wissen, Wandel
    Waffen, Wissen, Wandel : Anpassung und Lernen in transkulturellen Erstkonflikten / Dierk Walter … (Hg.). – 1. Aufl. – Hamburg : Hamburger Edition, 2012. – 302 S.
  • Transcultural Leadership Summit 2018

    The TLS is a student-organized event led by Prof Dr Josef Wieland, that shall take place for the third time in fall 2018. The Summit aims to answer questions of transcultural leadership and cooperation in the context of global value creation – in 2018 with a focus on the emerging country Brazil!

    11/08/2018
  • Past: Discovering Interdisciplinarity – Transcultural Research Group Symposium

    This Fall Semester, an international group of seven students kicked-off a Transcultural Research Group (TRG) on “Transculturality or Hybridity? The Case of Hong Kong”. This TRG combines not only these seven students but also the perspectives of six countries, five disciplines and four Zeppelin University study programs. It therefore serves as an excellent example of…

    11/08/2017
  • Past: Transcultural Leadership Summit 2017

    For the second time now, we are co-hosting the Transcultural Leadership Summit. This year, we welcome Sub-Saharan Africa for our regional focus and address topics such as solutions for the globalization of value chains, the ethics of African leadership, urbanism and its potential, success stories of African start-ups and many more. Like last year, we…

    11/16/2017

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