Financial boost for international collaboration for the humanities in the area of public spaces, culture and integration

Grants Joint Research Programme ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’

15 April 2019

Thirteen transnational consortia with Dutch researchers have received funding from the European HERA network within the theme ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’. Over the next few years they will focus, for example, on subjects such as drug cultures in European cities, festivals and cultural diversity, and port cities as transnational nodes for integration. The Dutch projects awarded funding together received almost 3 million euros. The total budget of the call was 20 million euros.

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HERA Joint Research Programmes fund multidisciplinary research projects centred in the humanities. The fourth Joint Research Programme had the theme ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’. Dutch senior researchers in the humanities could submit a research proposal with a transnational consortium of at least four participating countries. The HERA JRP PS is co-funded by humanities funding agencies in 24 participating countries and the European Commission. The total budget was 20 million euros.

About HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)

Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a partnership between humanities research councils. HERA's aim is to give the humanities a strong position in the European Research Area and the Framework Programmes of the European Commission. In addition to this, the partners jointly fund - often with co-funding from the European Commission - HERA Joint Research Programmes. NWO Social Sciences and Humanities is responsible for the coordination of the HERA network

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Funded projects

Dutch researchers play a role in 13 of the 20 projects awarded funding. Two of the research projects have a Dutch coordinator. Below you will find an overview of the 13 projects awarded funding that involved Dutch researchers.

FestiVersities - European Music Festivals, Public Spaces and Cultural Diversity
Dr Pauwke Berkers, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Festivals are now a staple of many people's cultural diets across Europe. Festivalisation denotes that festivals can no longer be regarded as merely periodic events, but, rather, as an increasingly popular means through which citizens consume and experience culture. Yet, whereas music festivals have the potential to connect people and foster tolerance, they may also reproduce inequalities and social exclusion. This project is a comparative study of music festivals as potential public spaces affording encounters with diversities.


GONAC - Governing the Narcotic City. Imaginaries, Practices and Discourses of Public Drug Cultures in European Cities from 1970 until Today
Prof Gemma Blok, Open University
How does drug use affect urban public space? And how do urban governments, authorities and city dwellers react to public drug use? This project examines these questions for nine European cities in the past fifty years from multiple perspectives, including that of users. The aim is to increase understanding of urban drug cultures and analyse when drug use in public space becomes contested, regulated or facilitated in the urban environment.


NITE - Night spaces: migration, culture and IntegraTion in Europe
Dr Sara Brandellero (coordinator), Leiden University
This transdisciplinary collaboration focuses on eight European cities, to understand how night spaces are produced, imagined, experienced and narrated by migrant communities in Europe. With migration a defining characteristic of contemporary urban life, it considers these spaces intersectionally, as important sites of crisis, regeneration, belonging, intercultural exchange and understanding. It aims to contribute to policy approaches to night-time economies, releasing the potential night spaces offer in creating more inclusive cities.


PURE - PUblic REnaissance: Urban Cultures of Public Space between Early Modern Europe and the Present        
Prof Sabrina Corbellini, University of Groningen
The central concept of the PURE is to examine urban cultures of public space in the early modern era and to set this into dynamic dialogue with discourses around the agency of public space in shaping contemporary events. By proposing a cross-chronological enquiry that sets formative period of many European cities into dialogue with the contemporary world, it explores how the past is inscribed in the material culture of the public spaces we still inhabit, and how these contribute to shaping actions and events in the present.


FOOD2GATHER - Exploring foodscapes as public spaces for integration
Dr Rick Dolphijn, Utrecht University
In response to Europe’s most recent ‘migration crisis’, this study aims to map the role food plays in shaping relationships in public spaces between migrant populations and majority societies. The socially- constructed spaces wherein food-related practices, values, meanings and representations intersect with the material and environmental realities we call foodscapes. Mapping foodscapes will shed new light on the Europe to come.


CeMi - Cemeteries and Crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe
Prof Christoph Jedan, University of Groningen; Eric Venbrux, Radboud University
The project studies cultural inclusion, exclusion and integration of migrant and minority groups through the lens of cemeteries and crematoria grounds as public spaces of belonging. Appropriate spaces and associated services for burial, cremation and remembrance rites are central to ideas and experiences of home, identity and belonging. The project focuses on eight middle-sized cities across six countries in Northwestern Europe (Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg and The Netherlands).


Pleasurescapes. Port Cities’ Transnational Forces of Integration
Prof Paul van de Laar, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Pleasurescapes are defined as public spaces of entertainment in European port cities. They are transnational microcosms, representing conformity and rebellion at the same time. They are public zones of encounter and a melting pot for divergent classes, cultures and religions. This project studies four European port cities’ pleasurescapes: Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg and Rotterdam in the 19th and 20th century. This project aims in getting new insights into Europe’s cultural pluralism, diversity and urban social and cultural transformations.


EEYRASPS - The everyday experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers in public spaces
Dr Ilse van Liempt, Utrecht University
Refugee youth often find themselves in precarious positions which means that many occupy public spaces. Their presence in these spaces has however been problematically framed and misunderstood across Europe. This research project will use arts and cultural initiatives as an entry point to research the personal geographies of young refugees mapping their migration histories, exploring their everyday lived experiences and asking how their placemaking and artistic practices contribute to the transformation of public space.


MMP - Moving Marketplaces (MMP): Following the Everyday Production of Inclusive Public Spaces         
Dr Rianne van Melik, Radboud University
While most research focuses on how marketplaces are consumed, MMP concentrates on the actors that make markets work: the merchants. Investigating both rural and urban marketplaces across four countries (Spain/Switzerland/the Netherlands/UK), MMP not only pays attention to merchants’ place-making capacities, but also to their mobility practices. Following merchants from market to market, this translocal perspective helps to deepen theoretical and empirical understandings of how marketplaces are produced as inclusive spaces.


SPAS - The European Spa as a public space and a social metaphor
Dr Christian Noack (coordinator), University of Amsterdam
This project investigates how spas functioned as a stage for the negotiation of political, social and cultural issues of European relevance. We ask how long the spas served as such a transnational space, or when, how, why, and to what degree they were nationalized, territorialized and reconfigured. We analyse textual and visual representations of spa culture from the 19th century to the present, focusing on the amenability of the spa and its institutions to be co-opted as social metaphors. Together with our partners from resorts across Europe we strive for a revalorization of spa culture as a distinctively European phenomenon.


PSPR - Public Spaces and Psychoactive Revolutions in Northwestern Europe, c. 1600 - c. 1800
Prof Toine Pieters, Utrecht University
Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries Europe underwent a psychoactive revolution that had a profound and lasting impact on how people experienced, used, perceived, and policed urban public spaces. PSPR recovers this momentous history by exploring the traffic and consumption of tobacco, coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, and opium in the four metropoles of Amsterdam, Hamburg, London and Stockholm between c. 1600 and 1850. Consulting a host of different archives and closely collaborating with schools, museums, drug prevention units and a United Nations programme, it brings a timely and urgently required perspective on intoxicants and the politics of inclusion and exclusion in contemporary Europe.


SciConf - The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History
Dr Geert Somsen, Maastricht University
International conferences are fixtures of professional scientists’ lives, yet they are barely 150 years old. Their rise is somewhat obscure and it is unclear what precise functions scientific conferences have had. Historians of science in London, Paris, Uppsala, and Maastricht examine ‘the conference’ as a place of knowledge exchange, a form of sociability, and locus of international relations.


en/counter/points - en/counter/points: (re)negotiating belonging through culture and contact in public space and place
Dr Claske Vos, University of Amsterdam
en/counter/points investigates how and why multiple heritages, memories, processes of attachment and belonging to and in cultural spaces and places, are being (re)negotiated during a time of European migration and identity ‘crises’. By analysing problematic notions of ‘integration’, examining participatory, dialogic cultural activities, activism and appropriations in (and of) public spaces we question their perceived and actual impacts on individuals, society, culture and on public space in return. Such (re)negotiations enable us to untangle the complexity of culture, integration and public space(s) on a transnational, European level.


Source: NWO

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