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HERA Funding for Christiane Brosius

Jul 09, 2013

The Cluster of Excellence will be the home-base for the research project "Creating the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi". It is funded by HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area. The project is led by Prof. Christiane Brosius and collaborates with partners in the UK and The Netherlands.

Starting from October 2013, and running for three years, the project will bring together senior and junior researchers, members of the Digital Humanities (Heidelberg Research Architecture) and Associated Partners such as the Goethe-Institutes in Shanghai and Delhi, and the Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam).

The project "Creating the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi", or in short called SINGLE, deals with the representation of single women in China (Shanghai) and India (Delhi). The context of urban transformation in both countries is enabling the formation of new cultural geographies and biographies for single women. SINGLE uses ethnographic, mobile and visual methodologies to explore these concerns, documenting the experiences of single women in Delhi and Shanghai that are indicative of wider social and demographic transformations, and set within wider debates of cultural encounter, world cities and globalisation. The project aims to extend work in the Digital Humanities, using a state-of-the-art online platform for both analysis and the creation of an interactive public gallery. Visual methods are central to this work and collaboration with artists in Shanghai and Delhi will culminate in public events in Shanghai, Delhi and Amsterdam.

SINGLE is funded by the network Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) in the context of their new Joint Research Programme 'Cultural Encounters'. HERA is a partnership between 21 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Science Foundation (ESF), with the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes.

The project is a collaboration coordinated by Prof. Christiane Brosius, Dr. Melissa Butcher, and Prof. Jeroen deKloet. Prof. Brosius is Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology and Speaker of Research Area B "Public Spheres". Dr. Butcher is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at The Open University, United Kingdom. Prof. deKloet is Professor of Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Further information:
Read more about SINGLE in the project summary (PDF, 68kb)

Press Release (German) by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research quoting Federal Minister Johanna Wanka about SINGLE: "An important contribution for the understanding of cultures"

Press Release (English, PDF, 434 kb) by "Humanities in the European Research Area" (HERA) on its research programme


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