Cultural Encounters (2013-2016)
In 2013, HERA provided €18.9 million to fund 18 international project consortiums across Europe, bringing together networks of researchers under the theme of ‘Cultural Encounters’.
The following countries committed to this programme:
Focus of the projects
The 18 projects centred on general historical and theoretical issues, as well as those that investigated more specific and exemplary aspects of cultural encounters.
These projects explored the phenomenon of cultural encounters in the following terms:
- Spatial: within geographical frames
- Temporal: in contemporary time, as well as in long-term historical perspectives
About the theme
History shows that interactions between individuals and groups are among the most formative dimensions of human endeavour and social change. Involving dynamics of synergy and friction, cultural encounters can be accompanied by profound displacements and reconfigurations at social and political levels. This can result in conflict, segregation and the formation of diasporas.
Yet cultural encounters also enable new forms of community and collective identity, and have stimulated large-scale innovation and renovation across European and other societies. They have resulted in new forms of knowledge and profound transformations in cultural practices, as well as new forms of communication and creativity.
To understand cultural encounters is to understand the history and meaning of Europe and the world, from the earliest periods of human settlement to the present day. The ongoing processes of identity-making within Europe and elsewhere are fundamentally the result of various forms of cultural transformation, conflict and adjustment.
These processes have arisen from and are influenced by a myriad of factors, including communication, intellectual exchange, ideological contest, technological change, economic development, trade, war, occupation and political consolidation. These processes of encounter and migration – of people, ideas, goods and objects – have impacts all the way from the micro level of individual lives to the macro levels of ideology and societal institutions.
- Caribbean Connections: Cultural Encounters in a New World Setting
- Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials , Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War
- Currents of Faith, Places of History: Connections, Moral Circumscriptions and World-Making in the Atlantic Space
- Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities
- Encounters and Transformations in Iron Age Europe
- Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarised Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920
- Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500-1800
- Music Migrations in the Early Modern Age: The Meeting of the European East, West and South
- The Enterprise of Culture: International Structures and Connections in the Fashion Industry since 1945
- Travelling Texts 1790-1914: The Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe