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Cultural Encounters - successful European bids announced

Date: 01/07/2013

The successful bids under a major European Cultural Encounters call have been announced. Issued in February 2012 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), eighteen other European national funding organisations and the European Commission, the initiative was designed to support new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from three or more participating countries on the subject of Cultural Encounters.

Among the 18 projects funded under the €18m initiative are nine led by UK-based researchers. Another eight will involve collaborations with UK researchers. All projects are funded from a central pot to which all partner organisations have contributed, along with further funding from the European Commission of €6m. The AHRC's contribution to the programme, on behalf of the UK, is €3.5m.

Among the research projects being funded by the programme are projects exploring cultural exchange during the First World War, the transnational reception of women's writing, the international fashion industry from 1945, music migrations in the early modern age and encounters with the Orient in early modern scholarship.

A total of 18 countries are involved in the trans-European programme. Cultural Encounters is the second Joint Research Programme (JRP) to be organised by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) following the first call in 2009. The Cultural Encounters call attracted nearly 600 applicants to the Call for Outline proposals out of which 89 proposals were selected for the Full Proposal stage.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research at the AHRC, said: This call represents an important moment in the building of a healthy and vibrant European research society, one in which we can foster and support both transnational and interdisciplinary collaboration to help answer some important questions about the society we live in and about our shared culture. We look forward to hearing about the progress made by these projects as well as the collaborations they help to nurture.

Further information about the funded projects will be available later in the year.

Watch a film about the recent HERA conference, which showcased projects from the first HERA call.

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