Seven grants awarded for international collaboration in the humanities

14 July 2017

NWO has awarded funding from the programme Internationalisation in the Humanities to seven researchers. This concerns projects in which a Dutch humanities research group collaborates with at least two foreign humanities research groups.

The aim of this programme is to facilitate collaboration between Dutch humanities researchers and their foreign colleagues and to strengthen the formation of international networks. A total budget of 300,000 euros is available.

The following projects have received funding (in alphabetical order of the applicants):

Together around Rome
Prof. Peter Attema, University of Groningen
Ancient Rome, which was the biggest city of Europe for a long period of time, could not function without the surrounding rural area. But what do we really know about that? In this project, the researchers will merge three large archaeological databases to be able to pose questions about the economy and social organisation of the city and its hinterland.

Revolutionary theatre
Dr Marguérite Corporaal, Radboud University
What role does theatre play in the forming of national and transnational identity and the emancipation of women and LGBT communities? Through which transnational networks does artistic revolutionary theatre develop? These are key questions in the international Gate Theatre Research Network that will place an avant-garde theatre in Dublin in a comparative European perspective.

Ports full of the sick!
Prof. Angélique Janssens, Radboud University
In the past, port cities were the most important gateways for infectious diseases such as cholera, smallpox and tuberculosis. The researchers will analyse how and where these viruses struck in the large port cities in Europe between 1850 and 1950, who the victims were and how the infectious diseases gradually gave way to the new welfare diseases.

Being small
Dr Samuël Kruizinga, University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands is a small country, just like many others. But what does that truly mean? The researchers will examine the different lines of thought over the past 200 years about what small states actually are and what being small means for how they position themselves relative to other states.

Technology in use: Maintenance, Infrastructures and Work
Prof. Lissa Roberts, University of Twente
Innovation is viewed as one of the most important drivers of progress. Nevertheless, it is a small aspect of our involvement with technology. If we are to gain a good understanding of the history of technology, we must consider the use and maintenance of technology as well as the infrastructures and human work that made it possible.

Divided Europe: partitivity in European languages
Dr Petra Sleeman
Partitive elements such as the Dutch 'er' (ik heb er drie) or the French 'du' (du pain) are difficult to comprehend for people who learn a second language. Why do some European languages have this in the first place? Fifteen experts from seven European countries will develop a uniform research method to approach this.

The history of freedom of speech in Europe between 1400 and 1750
Dr Martine Veldhuizen, Utrecht University
How long has freedom of speech existed in Europe? In the Middle Ages and early modern period, ‘freedom of speech’ was not enshrined in law, but people nevertheless did express clear criticism of the authorities, for example. Historians, literature experts and linguists will work together to gain insight into Europe's history of freedom of speech between 1400 and 1750.

About Internationalisation in the Humanities

Internationalisation in the Humanities encourages international collaboration between research groups, research schools, research institutes and/or research groups. The collaboration must concern a single, coherent research project. The research activities must fit within a programme for structural collaboration with at least two foreign institutions or research groups. The maximum duration of a project is three years.

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Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


Internationalisation in the Humanities


International collaboration (2015-2018)