Under the EU Funding Scheme "Cultural Cooperation with Developing Countries", Prof. Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn (TAS - Transcultural Anglophone Studies, Saarbruecken) and Prof. Maximilian Herberger (IFRI -Institut für Rechtsinformatik, Saarbruecken) have been awarded stewardship of the EuropeAid/DDH CULT/2005/113-143 – Transcultura grant for the full period of two years (EuropeAid). Further Transcultura members directly participating as cooperative partners in the EU project are Prof. Alain Le Pichon (Université Paris 8), Prof. G. Prabhu-Gaunkar (IIT – Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai), Prof. Zhao Tingyang (CASS – Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), and Prof. Moussa Sow (ISH – Institute des sciences humaines, Bamako).
The co-ordinator of the EU project at Saarland University is TAS programme director Prof. M. Ghosh-Schellhorn, along with Dr. Tinka Reichmann, Steering Committee member Prof. M. Herberger, and Dr. Soenke Zehle.
Key Aims of the Project include:
The setting up of a pilot Observatoire Transculturel Européen (OTE), at Merzig, state of Saarland (Germany), housing the International Transcultura Library and providing scholars space to work and interact with peers
The organisation of scholarly meetings dealing with key concepts in the pursuit of cross-cultural reciprocal knowledge
Conceptualization of study programmes on cross-cultural knowledge with an emphasis on transdisciplinarity
The induction of school pupils into issues of cross-cultural communication and its relevance to their lives
The integration of cross-cultural dialogue in the public sphere
Increasing visibility of the main findings of Transcultura research
Furthering reciprocal understanding: International Conference in Merzig (July 2006) and in China (March 2007)