Eight grants awarded for international collaboration in the humanities

11 July 2018

NWO has awarded eight researchers funding from the programme Internationalisation in the Humanities. These are 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’ surnames):

New light on the Asian slave trade
Prof. Ulbe Bosma - International Institute of Social History
With this project, an international network of experts will shed new light on the scope and patterns of the slave trade in various parts of Asia by cataloguing and collecting existing datasets and sources. This information will form the basis for a large subsequent grant application that should make the construction of an Asian slave trade database possible.

Who holds power on social media?
Prof. Marcel Broersma - University of Groningen
Social media are an increasingly important news source. Politicians can now reach citizens via social media without the need for journalists. Furthermore, the reliability of information often remains unclear to citizens. What consequences does this have for democracy?

An insured voyage
Dr Sabine Go - VU Amsterdam
Marine insurances have played an important role in the growth of world trade since the fourteenth century. In various countries, insurance markets arose where merchants could conclude insurances to limit their risks. The researchers will examine these markets over a long period and study how they influenced each other.

Let financial heritage be paid off
Prof. Inger Leemans - VU Amsterdam
The trading of shares and options has a centuries-old and lively tradition. However, due to the high turnover of the sector and the complexity of the financial industry, it is at risk of becoming forgotten. This project will bring together humanities researchers and finance experts to consider the conservation and interpretation of financial heritage.

Colonised children
Prof. Geertje Mak, University of Amsterdam – Radboud University
So far it has scarcely been acknowledged that European colonial institutes also made children the target of civilisation projects, in which they were estranged from their parents, family and/or community. This project will examine the link between different types of colonial intervention with children and how this has influenced modern-day development aid.

Europe and its postcolonial intellectuals
Prof. Sandra Ponzanesi - Utrecht University
Who are the postcolonial intellectuals, which of them are currently the most influential and how do they contribute to a new idea of “Europe”? This innovative international network challenges the traditional definition of the “intellectual” by emphasising the role of migrants, artists, activists and social movements.

In search of semantic universals in the modal domain
Dr Wataru Uegaki - Leiden University
Although languages strongly differ from a lexical perspective, research has revealed that hidden lexical similarities exist between languages. This collaborative project will investigate universal characteristics of words with a modal meaning, such as may and can, in ten languages from across the world.

A world history of (non-)sustainable development
Prof. Erik Van der Vleuten - Eindhoven University of Technology
Current sustainability discussions are inspiring new questions about history. This programme will investigate the history of global (non)-sustainability interdependencies due to intercontinental raw material chains. How, why and by whom were economic, social and ecological sustainability effects historically allocated across these chains? Historical insights will be linked to policy debates about sustainable trade.

The programme Internationalisation in the Humanities will be integrated into the new NWO Open Competition - SSH; the instrument will therefore be discontinued. There will be no future Internationalisation in the Humanities round.

Source: NWO