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Three Aletta Jacobs professors appointed at ICOG
Posted on:03 February 2021

On the recommendation of the Faculty Board, the Board of the University of Groningen has appointed Hilde Bras, Susan Aasman and Rina Knoeff as full professors at the Faculty of Arts. The appointments have been made in the context of the Aletta Jacobs Incentive Fund, which has created fifteen new chairs across the UG to promote female academic talent to full professorships. With the two new chairs in Digital Humanities and Health & Humanities, the Faculty Board is explicitly committing itself to the strategic objectives of both the Faculty and the UG for the period 2021-2026, as also expressed in the UG-wide schools Digital Society & Technology and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

Chair of Frisian Language and Literature receives prestigious European grant for research on theatre culture in Friesland
Posted on:27 January 2021

The department of Frisian Language and Literature at the University of Groningen, represented by Prof. Dr Goffe Jensma, has been awarded a JPICH-2020 grant (Horizon 2020) to conduct international comparative research into intangible heritage: Revoicing Cultural Landscapes: narratives, perspectives, and performances of marginalized intangible cultural heritage .

Proeftuin Nieuw Publiek: An Experiment with Cultural Democracy
Posted on:01 December 2020

Together with Kunst en Cultuur Drenthe, the theme group Arts and Institutional Change initiated a long term research project to investigate the connection between cultural institutions and new audience groups. Around twenty cultural institutions in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe cooperate. The research looks at innovation of the perspective on the problem of audience outreach, and investigates contours of cultural democracy in the region.

The project runs until the end of 2021 and is supported by We the North and several national funds.

NWO awards VIDI to historian David van der Linden
Posted on:04 November 2020

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded an €800,000 Vidi grant to historian David van der Linden to study Peacebuilding in Early Modern France. How can former enemies achieve a lasting peace in the wake of civil war? This project explores the peacebuilding mechanisms developed after the French Wars of Religion (1562–1598) and analyses how effective these solutions were. Historical research thus sheds new light on the long-term impact of peacebuilding strategies.

Rachel Carson - Simone Veil Fellowship for Stefan Couperus
Posted on:19 October 2020

Dr Stefan Couperus has been awarded the Rachel Carson - Simone Veil Fellowship for Spring/Summer 2021, awarded by the Project House Europe and the Rachel Carson Centre in Munich. The fellowship enables scholars to do research on the intersection of political and environmental history of modern Europe.

The ‘reconstruction’ of the many former castles of Drenthe and Overijssel
Posted on:05 October 2020

Visitors to Overijssel and Drenthe would find it hard to believe that in the Middle Ages, the landscape in this region was dotted with dozens of castles. Evidence of around 134 citadels, noble homes and fortifications in this area has been found, as shown in PhD research by archaeologist and landscape historian Diana Spiekhout. Until recently, this rich past was an almost unknown chapter of Dutch history.

Two ICOG researchers awarded senior research fellowships at Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Coorperation Research
Posted on:07 September 2020

Two ICOG researchers have been awarded Senior Research Fellowships at Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21). In the 2020-2021 academic year, Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn will investigate whether blockchain technologies can assist with global cooperation in climate finance. Next year, David Shim will study the visual politics of legitimation in transnational environmental movements such as Fridays for Future.

ZonMW funding for project on the political impacts of covid-19 emergency measures in Europe
Posted on:26 August 2020

ZonMW will be funding a research project into the emergency measures taken by European governments to fight the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic and their political impact. The project is led by Dr Clara Egger of the Centre for International Relations Research , in collaboration with Prof. Dr Kees Aarts of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science, and with the support of the UMCG and of the University-wide theme Sustainable Societies.

ICOG visiting research fellow: Patryk Galuszka
Posted on:25 August 2020

From August 2020 to April 2021, ICOG is joined by visiting research fellow Patryk Galuszka. Dr GaƂuszka is a popular music and media studies scholar and an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at the University of Lodz. He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Central European University, the University of Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and the University of California, Berkeley.

7.2 million euro government grant for Remote Learning, Digitization, Humanities and Technology in Peru
Posted on:04 August 2020

Prof. Dr Pablo Valdivia, Professor of European Culture and Literature and UG, and Laspau Fellow in University Innovation, will advise the Government of Peru on Remote Learning, Digitization, Humanities and Technology, after it was made official (3rd August 2020) by the President of Peru’s Ministry Council that Laspau (affiliated with Harvard University) won a public bid of 7.2 million of euros (30 million of soles). Prof. Dr Valdivia will advise 51 Peruvian public universities on how to improve the quality of Higher Education.

Marijn Molema appointed Professor by Special Appointment in Regional Vitality and Dynamics
Posted on:04 August 2020

As of 1 September, Dr A.M. (Marijn) Molema will be appointed Professor by Special Appointment in Regional Vitality and Dynamics at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen (UG). The chair was established in collaboration with the independent knowledge institute and the 'Fries Sociaal Planbureau' (FSP) foundation. The chair will be part of the Economic and Social History chair group of the Centre for Historical Studies.

Chilean universities create Pablo Valdivia Chair of Communication, Humanities and Technology
Posted on:23 July 2020

Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) and Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH) have recently created the Pablo Valdivia Chair of Communication, Humanities and Technology ascribed to the National PhD Program in Communication and Culture. Prof. Dr Valdivia has been awarded this chair as recognition to his academic and scientific career and his international leadership in the multidisciplinary research under the interconnections between the humanities and the latest technological advancements.

Spanish government grant for project on forms of deliberation in the Spanish political Twittersphere
Posted on:24 June 2020

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has awarded EUR 54,450 to a three-year project in which Marc Esteve del Valle will be participating as a member of the research team. The project, entitled The new online public sphere in the deliberative system: political deliberation in the Spanish Twittersphere , will study new forms of deliberation occurring in the Spanish political Twittersphere and in the online platforms of Spanish political parties.

The project is headed by Dr Rosa Borge of the Open University of Catalonia (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute).

Digital Infrastructure grant for media studies project TwiXL
Posted on:23 June 2020

The Platform Digital Infrastructure SSH has granted funding of € 978.000 to TwiXL: An infrastructure for cross-media research on public debates in its 2020 Digital Infrastructure SSH Call. The project is led by Prof. Dr Julia Noordegraaf (UvA) and brings together researchers from UvA, SURF, KB, NISV, and UG. Prof. Dr Marcel Broersma of the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS) is a co-applicant. CMJS will be appointing a post-doctoral researcher to the project for a period of three years.

ICOG visiting research fellow: Antonio Sánchez Martínez
Posted on:11 June 2020

From June 2020 to June 2021, ICOG is joined by visiting research fellow Antonio Sánchez Martínez. Dr Sánchez Martínez is a historian or early modern cultural and intellectual history and the history of science at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

How Spotify is influencing the music industry (and our listening behaviour too)
Posted on:04 June 2020

Curating personal playlists, freeing musicians from their dependence on radio stations or record labels, enjoying free music – the Spotify music platform seems to be empowering artists and listeners as never before. Yet, according to researcher Robert Prey, this “new radio” is shaping the way in which we are discovering and listening to music – much as the “old” radio did. And what about the artists themselves? ‘They are in the best and the worst position ever.’

Pablo Valdivia appointed at Laspau (Harvard)
Posted on:07 May 2020

Pablo Valdivia has recently been appointed Fellow in University Innovation at Laspau (affiliated with Harvard University). Valdivia will support strategy and relationship-building for advancing and expanding Laspau’s University Innovation programs. He will lead the strategic expansion of University Innovation programs in Latin American universities. Also, he will foster international collaboration with higher education institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and he will contribute to specific programs with the mission of advancing access and quality of higher education across the Americas.

5 PhD Scholarships in Culture Studies, Graduate School for the Humanities
Posted on:15 April 2020

The Graduate School for the Humanities offers 5 PhD positions (for 4 years) in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the final results of the research in a PhD dissertation. We invite you to design your own research project related to the research in one of ICOG’s five research centres.

ICOG visiting research fellow: Shiru Lim
Posted on:04 March 2020

From February 2020 to February 2021, ICOG is joined by visiting research fellow Shiru Lim. Dr Lim is an intellectual historian and an Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Göttingen. She was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

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