Grants ‘Cultural Encounters’ (2012)

On this page, the grants for the programme ‘Cultural Encounters’ (2012) have been compiled.

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Below are all projects associated with the Public Spaces programme:

Research projects Cultural Encounters

Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War (CEGC)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Geert Buelens (UU)
This project seeks to understand and analyse how the First World War created new spaces for, as well as put pressures on, encounters between peoples and cultures from belligerent, colonised and politically neutral countries.
Within the framework of this project, researchers suggest that the First World War – conventionally defined as a military ‘clash of empires’ – could be conceptualised as a watershed event in the history of cultural encounters.


Travelling Texts, 1790-1914: The Transnational Reception Of Women's Writing At The Fringes Of Europe (Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain)
Involved from the Netherlands: dr. Suzan van Dijk (Huygens ING)
This project studies the role of women in nineteenth-century literary culture by exploring what texts written by women were read where and by whom. To avoid a projection of today’s literary preferences onto the past, the project is based on the systematic scrutiny of contemporaneous sources, such as library and bookseller catalogues and the periodical press.


Asymmetrical Encounters: E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815-1992 (ASYMENC)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Joris van Eijnatten (UU) - project leader
This project explores the cultural aspects of European identity by analysing the role of ‘reference cultures’ in European public debates between the Treaty of Vienna in 1815 and the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992 – the period that witnessed the heyday of the nation state as well as its gradual substitution by European integration.


Caribbean Connections: Cultural Encounters in a New World Setting (CARIB)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Corinne Hofman (UL) - project leader
This project focuses on intercommunity social relationships and transformations of island cultures and societies in the Lesser Antilles across the historical divide (AD 1000–1800).


Creating The 'New' Asian Woman: Entanglements Of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters And Gendered Identities In Shanghai And Delhi (ASIAN WOMAN)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. ir. Jeroen de Kloet (UvA)
This project analyses the new cultural geographies of gendered urban space in Delhi and Shanghai, focusing on ‘single’ women across their lifetime.
The neoliberal urbanisation in India and China means single women are increasingly visible in public, be it through media representations or in everyday life. Their presence is informed by repertoires of cultural encounter stemming from urban and national histories, globalised media landscapes and flows of capital, concepts and people.


Transnational Radio Encounters. Mediations of Nationality, Identity and Community through Radio (TRE)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Sonja de Leeuw (UU)
This project looks at how radio as a medium that easily crosses national borders has fostered transnational encounters. Six individual projects examine how radio was shaped in and by transnational arenas. The projects explore how infrastructures, sound aesthetics and archives reflect local identities and influence historical and present attempts to interact transnationally.


Currents of Faith, Places of History: Connections, Moral Circumscriptions and World-Making in the Atlantic Space (CURRENTS)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Birgit Meyer (UU)
The goal of this project is to develop ‘a research activity that brings together four intensely debated issues which, surprisingly, have not been understood in combination so far: religion, mobility, place, and cultural heritage in the Atlantic space.’


Iconic Religion. How Imaginaries of Religious Encounter Structure Urban Space (IcoRel)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Birgit Meyer (UU)
This project examines how imaginaries of religious encounters visually expressed picture, sculptures, symbols, graffiti and performances, structure urban space and vice versa.
Materialised religion, in the form of icons in public space, is becoming increasingly important within ongoing processes of religious pluralisation across Europe. Whenever religious icons, such as sacred buildings and sites, clothing and public events, are associated with religions that people are unfamiliar with, they create imaginaries about how different religions should coexist. The results of the project are vital considering the increasing diversity across Europe.


Encounters with Orient in Early Modern Scholarship (EOS)
Involved from the Netherlands: prof. dr. Gerard Wiegers (UvA)
This project aimes to document the scholarly European encounter with Oriental culture of c.1500–1800. This momentous cultural encounter, initiated and driven by religious and scholarly interests, resulted in a profound transformation of European values. ‘Orient’ is used to refer to the religious area of Islam, Eastern Judaism and Christianity. This project explores how the Orient changed from being a source for Christian truths to being an object of cultural studies.


The Enterprise of Culture: International Perspectives on the Fashion Industry Since 1945 (ECFB)
Involved from the Netherlands: dr. Ben Wubs (EUR)
This project explores the relationships among fashion as a cultural phenomenon and a business enterprise. Popular venues such as style magazines and cable TV often reduce fashion to individual personalities. Designers from Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen are seen as visionaries who define changing trends, perhaps even new epochs. In reality, the fashion business is an extraordinarily complex industry that operates across national, cultural, economic and social boundaries.