Encounters – New Perspectives on Asia, America, and Europe
An Initiative of the CATS and the HCA

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New Perspectives on Asia, America, and Europe

An Initiative of the CATS and the HCA

June 4, 2024 | 6:15 p.m. | Encounters/ Baden-Württemberg Seminar

"Taiwan Rising"

Michael Meyer

University of Pittsburgh

In conversation with Barbara Mittler

HCA Atrium

In cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin

May 30, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. | Encounters

"German Legal Structures and American Promises – Taiwan’s Democracy and the Rule of Law"

Ian-tsing Dieu & Hanno Kube

Taipei Representation Germany, Munich Office / Faculty of Law, Heidelberg University

HCA Atrium

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February 14, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | Encounters

"China and the U.S. – Ambition and Frustration in Fragile Societies"

Biao Xiang & Manfred Berg

MPI for Social Anthropology / HCA

CATS Auditorium

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October 18, 2022 | 6:15 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Rivals or Enemies? The United States, Russia, and China"

Fiona Hill & Martin Thunert

Brookings Institution / HCA

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July 26, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Peaceful World, Where Are You? Activism and Art in a Global Context."

Pat To Yan & Barbara Mittler

Author-in-Residence, Nationaltheater Mannheim / CATS, Heidelberg University

CATS Auditorium, Voßstraße 2, Heidelberg

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May 31, 2022 | 12:30 - 2 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Enfant Terrible, Minister of Culture, Silent Loner?"

Lung Ying-tai & Barbara Mittler

This event took place online.

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April 7, 2022 | 6:15 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Die liberale Weltordnung in der Krise? Die EU zwischen den USA, Russland und China"

Reinhard Bütikofer & Dr. Florian Böller

Europäisches Parlament / TU Kaiserslautern

Aula der Alten Universität, Grabengasse 1, Heidelberg

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25. Januar 2022 | 12:30 Uhr | Encounters – New Perspectives…

"Visions of a New Global Order – A View from China"


Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University / Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University

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30. November 2021 | 19:00 Uhr | Encounters – New Perspectives…

"Transforming U.S.-China Conflicts? Common Interests and Transnational Perspectives"

Cheng Li & Sebastian Harnisch

Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution / Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Universität Heidelberg

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Discussion Questions


  • is a series of dialogues initiated by the Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University. The events focus on the relationship between the two superpowers of the twenty-first century – the United States of America and China. With the rapid rise of the People’s Republic in recent decades, this relationship has become increasingly confrontational.
  • looks at this new constellation and its consequences for Germany and Europe: How do the European Union and its individual member states position themselves in the conflict between China and the United States? Which social and cultural interactions and processes can we observe in this special bilateral relationship?
  • brings prominent Chinese and American artists and authors, activists, representatives from the business community, policy makers, and public intellectuals to Heidelberg where they engage in conversations with scholars from the HCA and CATS.
  • offers a nuanced discussion on a wide range of critical issues of these exceptional bilateral relations, such as environmental and trade policies, technology and innovation, white-collar crime and digital surveillance as well as human rights and freedom of expression.
  • thus contributes to an informed exchange among academia and the general public, including the business community, the political sphere, and the media. The critical dialogues of the series constitute part of an informed public debate on one of the most important issues for the future of Germany and Europe.
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