DAAD-Network "Cultural contact and conflict zones in Eastern Europe"
Project Leaders: Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger, Prof. Dr. Monika Wingender
Coordination: Dr. Nazarii Gutsul
Funding: DAAD, BMBF as a part of the “Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks” programme
Leading Partner: Gießener Zentrum Östliches Europa (GiZo)
Cooperating Partner: Herder Institute
Further Partner Organisations at the JLU Gießen: International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur, Centre for Media and Interactivity (ZMI)
Duration: 04/2013 – 12/2016
Since April 2013, the Herder Institute has been a member of the thematic network “Cultural contact and conflict zones in Eastern Europe”, which is coordinated by the JLU Gießen. The network is part of the DAAD strategies for the improvement of the internationalization of higher education. It links the HI with the JLU Gießen and five universities in Eastern Europe by enhancing already existing cooperation agreements and partnerships. The Eastern European partner universities are located in Almaty (Kazakhstan), Minsk (Belarus), Łódź (Poland), Kazan (Russia), Cluj-Napoca (Romania). In these regions and urban centres, cultural diversity and the corresponding contact and conflict scenarios are of scientific as well as political and cultural interest. The cooperation does not only cover contemporary ethnic-linguistic, religious or cultural conflict and contact zones but also such conflicts which are kept alive in the memory and identity policy or in literary historical reflection and which are therefore of relevance for the societies in question. All partner institutions have in common that they have research focuses in the fields of regionalism and urbanism, research on imperialism and nationalism as well as on multi-lingualism and language contact. The cooperation is planned to take four years and to generate further synergetic effects. The research objectives are the communicative linking of junior researchers, the cooperative reflection on methodical approaches and leading theoretic concepts as well as the joint development of models and theories to describe contact and conflict scenarios.
The most important tools of the network project are the support and encouragement of junior researchers’ mobility and the enhancement of a multi-lateral thematic network. For each year, there are scholarships to invite doctoral candidates and lecturers from the partner universities to Marburg and Gießen or to send researchers from Hesse to Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan or Romania.
In the long run, there will be a tri-national degree programme for master students in the humanities, linguistics and literature in cooperation with the Eastern European partners. In addition, there will be an international graduate school for doctoral candidates.
Further information on the project:
Press release by the JLU, 3.7.2013: http://www.pressrelations.de/new/standard/dereferrer.cfm?r=537893