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Fundig Opportunity: Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives on Heritage and Change

While much of the discourse surrounding the development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is strongly focused on economic, ecological, and social aspects of development, the cultural dimension has been less emphasised. Yet, culture also plays an important role in fostering sustainable development and should be included in strategies and approaches for reaching a sustainable future. This insight is now motivating a call for funding focusing on cultural heritage and change. 

Cultural heritage ranging from the tangible to the intangible, from narratives and practices to monuments, landscapes and objects, is subject to a variety of processes of change and transformation. War, terrorism, environmental change, tourism, and digitalization – these are only a few examples of a wide variety of processes affecting and potentially threatening the world’s cultural heritage and impacting upon people’s lives, including aspects of self-conception, identity, origin, and socialization.

Applications may address one or more of the following areas of special interest:

  • Theoretical development of heritage including conceptual analyses of what is regarded as ‘cultural heritage’ and ‘change’ and by whom.
  • Contributions of cultural heritage to an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable future.
  • Consequences of the use of ICTs in relation to cultural heritage. 
  • Threats to heritage such as war, terrorism, or climate change. 

The Foundations strongly encourage research that moves beyond traditional questions and approaches and significantly advances the current state of the art.

Requirements

This call for funding targets mainly the humanities, cultural and social sciences, but by no means excludes the involvement of other disciplines. Funding will be provided for small, but strongly interacting research consortia of up to five partners. Besides one partner working at an institution in Germany, Italy or Sweden the involvement of two partners based in Low and Middle Income Countries outside of Europe is generally required. Funding will be provided for up to four years and covers all direct project-related costs. Project consortia may apply for a maximum amount of EUR 1.5 million.

Application Deadline is 25 March 2020.

Details of requirements as well as the application procedure can be found here.

February 2020