Paving the way for international cooperation

International Collegia for the Humanities and Social Sciences
A new funding instrument is being created in the International Collegia for the Humanities and Social Sciences. These collegia are designed to strengthen cooperation in the humanities and social sciences between Germany and countries in distant regions. The key focus of each International Collegium will be chosen by the involved researchers from Germany and the partner country themselves.

A BMBF call for proposals for funding a collegium in a country in either the South Asian or South-East Asian region (particularly India) is currently open. See the call for proposals for more information on the funding format and how to apply.

The German-French network "Saisir l’Europe"
"Welfare state", "sustainability" and "urban violence" – these are the key research areas of the network "Saisir l’Europe – Europe as a challenge" that began its work in October 2012. The aim of the network is to reflect on the categories, methods and interpretive models wherein central and current problems of the continent are discussed, and to expand the associated empirical knowledge base. Each topic is pursued by an interdisciplinary and international group of young researchers from the humanities and social sciences. The network is comprised of German and French institutions: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Centre Marc Bloch, Goethe University Frankfurt, Institut Français d’Histoire en Allemagne, Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne, German Historical Institute Paris and Fondation de la Maison des sciences de l’homme.

HERA Humanities in the European Research Area
Offering the humanities opportunities for international research cooperations and firmly establishing them at a European level is the aim of the European network HERA Humanities in the European Research Area, of which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is also a member.

The network currently consists of research funding organisations from 25 countries which jointly develop research programmes in variable constellations and publish corresponding calls for proposals. In variable geometries, and with a contribution of the European Commission, the participating countries pool national funds to finance collaborative projects (with a minimum of three to four partner countries).

Three calls for proposals have already been published: in 2009, proposals were requested on the topics of "Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity" and "Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation", in 2012 on the topic of "Cultural Encounters", 2015 on "Uses of the Past" and 2017 "Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe".

"Uses of the past" is dealing with issues such as "In what way does our understanding of the past influence the design of the present and the future?" "How do we – as individuals, institutions or as societies – use or utilise the past(s)?" 18 collaborative projects are being funded since 2016. Researchers from Germany are participating in 12 projects which take a look at history from the perspective of jurisdiction, material culture and politics or focus on both historical places and identity processes.

The successful 18 collaborative projects of "Cultural Encounters" were funded from 2013 until 2016. The 11 projects with researchers from German institutions focused on topics of cultural interconnections within Europe and beyond. The spectrum ranged from musicians´ careers in the baroque era through war experiences made during the first world war up to network analysis of indigenous peoples in the Caribbean as well as the ways of life of single women in Asian cities. Information on the Individual research projects can be found below.

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Brochure "Cultures in Dialogue - The HERA Joint Research Programme Cultural Encounters"                       [January 2017]                         [PDF - 1,67 MB]



International Cooperation:
Dr. Gaia diLuzio
+49 228 3821-1996 +49 228 3821-1500 E-Mail


Christa Engel

+49 228 3821-1695 +49 228 3821-1500 E-Mail

Saisir l’Europe:
Miriam Schriefers

+49 228 3821-1521 +49 228 3821-1500 E-Mail


HERA: film looks at Humanities in the European Research Area "Cultural Dynamics“ und „Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation"





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HERA: JRP2 Cultural Encounters and the Launch Conference of JRP3Prague, 15th-16th September 2016