The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" is an interdisciplinary network of researchers at Heidelberg University. It was founded in October 2007 as part of the Excellence Initiative launched by the German state and its federal governments. Today, the Cluster has about 200 affiliated researchers, who examine the processes of cultural exchange between Asia and Europe. In particular, they analyze the shifting asymmetries in cultural, social and political flows. Their work probes issues relevant to contemporary concerns about globalization by investigating the cultural transfer of ideas, knowledge and commodities. The Cluster is located at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies. Among its partners are Harvard University and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (India).