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European grant for research on informal economies
Posted on:30 November 2022

Dr Francesco Giumelli, associate professor of International Relations and International Organizations at the Faculty of Arts, and Dr Pim Geelhoed, associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Faculty of Law, are participating in an international research project on informal economies that was recently awarded a European grant of €3.8 million. The project funds 15 PhD students, two of whom are appointed at the University of Groningen: one in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Law.

ERC grant for research into the influence of streaming services on the music industry
Posted on:29 November 2022

Dr Robert Prey, assistant professor of Media Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million. For the next five years, this grant will allow him to conduct research into the way in which streaming platforms and social media platforms influence the creativity, identity, and working conditions of musicians, and how the music industry specifically and our culture in general is influenced by the 'platformization’ of our society.

UG study sheds new light on extremism in Northern Netherlands
Posted on:28 November 2022

New forms of extremism are on the rise in the Northern Netherlands. Jihadism only plays a limited role in the three northern provinces, according to a research report that will be published today. The report was drawn up by UG researchers Pieter Nanninga, Leonie de Jonge, and Fleur Valk, by order of the Municipality of Groningen.

UG to receive a chair by special appointment for Local Public Broadcasting
Posted on:24 November 2022

Today, Yael de Haan has been appointed Professor by special appointment of Local Public Broadcasting at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. The new chair will form an important contribution to the academic and policy insights into the role and function of the local public broadcaster within society.

Grant for popular science book on classical retellings
Posted on:10 November 2022

Dr Jacqueline Klooster, Assistant Professor of Classical Languages & Cultures at the UG's Faculty of Arts, has been awarded a €37,500 grant from the Lira Fund (Lira fonds.) The grant will allow her to write a popular science book on retellings of classical literary works from a female perspective. The book will be titled De Bestseller-Muze. Pop-feminisme en de oudheid in populaire fictie (The Bestseller Muse. Pop-feminism and antiquity in popular fiction), and is expected to be published in spring 2025.

Call for Papers: Seminar Series in International Political Sociology
Posted on:09 November 2022

The Dutch network of International Political Sociology has launched the Call for Papers for its seminar series 2023. As a transdisciplinary approach to the study of International Relations, International Political Sociology (IPS) offers alternative lenses to understand global politics and social relations through a wide range of analytical perspectives and empirical research strategies.
The submission deadline is 9 December 2022.

ICOG welcomes new PhD candidates
Posted on:03 November 2022

This month, several new PhD candidates are beginning their research projects at ICOG: Theresa Atutu, Nathalie Fridzema, Orfeas Koidis, Marije Miedema, Tholithemba Ndaba, and Maud Rebergen. It is our pleasure to introduce them to you.

Call for Papers - CRASIS: "Sensing, Making, Relating: Ontologies of the Divine"
Posted on:25 October 2022

CRASIS invites applications for its twelfth Annual Meeting and Masterclass, which will take place on 20 (Masterclass) and 21 (Annual Meeting) February 2023. This year, our theme will be ‘Sensing, Making, Relating: Ontologies of the Divine’, and we are honored to welcome Prof. Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) as keynote speaker and master.

The submission deadline is 1 December 2022.

Federico Pianzola receives ERC Starting Grant
Posted on:23 October 2022

Dr. Federico Pianzola, associate professor of computational humanities, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his project GOLEM: Graphs and Ontologies for Literary Evolution Models. The €1.2 million European grant will allow him to spend the next five years conducting large-scale research on changes in how people write fiction and how it affects readers. Pianzola will begin his research in January.

Julian Hanich voter for the Golden Globes®
Posted on:20 September 2022

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has nominated Julian Hanich, Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Arts, Culture and Media program, to become a voter of the Golden Globes 2023. He'll be one of 200 voters from 62 countries worldwide to decide on the winners of what is often considered the second most prestigious US-American film award after the Oscars.

Who were the readers of the Middle Ages?
Posted on:19 September 2022

Prof. Sabrina Corbellini conducts research into the history of reading in premodern Europe. Her research disproves persistent prejudices about the ‘dark’, ‘undeveloped’ Middle Ages. ‘The ability to read is essential to the functioning of society. This was the case in the Middle Ages, just as it is today.’

Erasmus+ subsidy for women’s voices in music
Posted on:12 September 2022

The Voices of Women project, an initiative by researchers from various European universities including the University of Groningen, was recently awarded an Erasmus+ subsidy. The aim of the project is to include female musicians and poets in the canon and to allow their voices to be heard in music teaching across Europe.

ICOG welcomes five new PhD candidates
Posted on:06 September 2022

This month, five PhD candidates are beginning their research projects at ICOG: Alina Achenbach, Kai Hopen, Daniel Leix Palumbo, Pim Schievink, and Joanna Zienkiewicz. It is our pleasure to introduce them to you.

ICOG visiting research fellow: Pete Porter
Posted on:18 August 2022

From August 2022 to August 2023, ICOG will be joined by visiting research fellow Pete Porter. Dr Porter is a Professor of Film in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, where he also serves as Chair, at Eastern Washington University. During his fellowship at ICOG, Dr Porter will finish the book Moving Animals: from Marching Penguins to Octopus Teachers, which adopts a cognitive-affective lens to describe how films express animal perspectives.

Call for Papers - "Relics and Reliquaries in Iberia, c. 1000-1400: Stories, Places, and Identities"
Posted on:17 August 2022

The American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain ( AARHMS ) is pleased to announce the organization of a panel at the 2023 International Medieval Congress in Leeds entitled "Relics and Reliquaries in Iberia, c. 1000-1400: Stories, Places, and Identities". This panel, within the world's leading annual gathering of medieval experts, intends to unravel the overlooked entanglements of relics and reliquaries in the lives of medieval individuals from different social strata.

The submission deadline is 23 September 2022.

Call for Papers - Voices of Women: Materialities, Cultural Transfer, and Musical Authorship
Posted on:20 July 2022

The Voices of Women project, an Erasmus+ funded joint project with the University of Groningen, The University of Stavanger, The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø), and The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar invites paper presentations from teachers, graduate students, and scholars interested in the theme of musical authorship in connection to women’s voices. We understand voices metaphorically, artistically, and literally to include women or women-identifying genders in a variety of roles whose creative musical ‘voices’ contribute to the authorship of a particular body of work. The two-day symposium explores this theme of authorship in relation to the sub-themes of music materialities and cultural transfer.

The submission deadline is 31 September 2022.

ERC funds FACERE: Roman Making and its Meanings
Posted on:20 July 2022

Dr Bettina Reitz-Joosse, associate professor of Latin Language and Literature, has received an ERC Starting Grant for the project FACERE. Roman Making and its Meanings: Representations of Manual Creation in the Literature and Visual Culture of Imperial Rome. The 1.5 million euro grant is awarded to excellent researchers to promote pioneering research in Europe.

Vacancy: 14 postdoc positions at UG Humanities faculties
Posted on:18 July 2022

In the context of the sectoral plan for the Humanities entitled ‘Tradition in transition’ and the University’s strategic profile, the three Humanities faculties of the University of Groningen are offering 14 postdoc positions. We are looking for expertise and experience in the fields of humane AI, cultural heritage & identity, languages & cultures, and communication, information & social inequalities in a digital world.

The application deadline is 28 August 2022.

Three ICOG researchers awarded NIAS fellowships
Posted on:13 July 2022

Three researchers from the Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture, Dr Eleftheria Ioannidou, Dr Ksenia Robbe and Dr Megan Williams, have been awarded individual NIAS fellowships. This allows them to carry out projects at NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science) in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, slow-science environment.

European funding for network meetings on illicit trade
Posted on:06 July 2022

Dr Francesco Giumelli , associate professor in International Relations and International Organisations of the Faculty of Arts, and Dr Pim Geelhoed , associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure of the Faculty of Law, have been awarded a Cost Action funding. The funding will facilitate the researchers in organising network meetings, conferences and workshops on the theme of illicit trade, intended for experts from various fields of study from 55 universities within Europe and three outside of Europe. One of the experts working on the project is AssistentProfessor Dr George Azzopardi of the RUG's Faculty of Science and Engineering, who was also involved in the funding application.

Endangered Material Knowledge Project Launch
Posted on:27 June 2022

Geoffrey Hobbis (CMJS) and his research team are launching their project ‘Fera-i-asi: Digitizing the Island Builders of the Lau Lagoon (Malaita), Solomon Islands’. With funding from the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, this project seeks to document the materials, processes, and techniques found in the tool kits of artificial island builders in the Lau Lagoon, Malaita, Solomon Islands.

REGROUP (Rebuilding governance and resilience out of the pandemic) awarded Horizon Europe grant
Posted on:21 June 2022

The University of Groningen has been awarded a large Horizon Europe grant to study the politics and governance of the post-pandemic. The project, named REGROUP (Rebuilding governance and resilience out of the pandemic) will be based at the Faculty of Arts and be coordinated by Dr Piero Tortola, who will lead a consortium of 14 universities and think tanks across Europe.

REGROUP will develop comprehensive diagnostic and normative analyses of the socio-political implications of Covid-19, and formulate policy advice for European Union policy-makers and other stakeholders on how to best (re)configure public policies and institutions for the years to come.

Project 'Vier Vorstinnen' (Four Queens) kicks off
Posted on:15 June 2022

More than ten years after the publications of the widely acclaimed Kings' biographies ( Koning Willem I by Jeroen Koch, Koning Willem II by Jeroen van Zanten en Koning Willem III by Dik van der Meulen), will follow from 2025 (expected date) the Queens' biographies. Alpita de Jong writes the biography of Wilhelmina of Prussia, Petra van Langen of Anna Pavlovna, Leonieke Vermeer of Sophie of Wurtemberg, and Monica Soeting of Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont.

SECIMA, a joint IR project with Universität Hamburg
Posted on:01 June 2022

The Universities of Groningen and Hamburg are funding a joint project of Dr David Shim (CIRR, Groningen) and Dr Delf Rothe (IFSH, Hamburg), entitled ‘Between fear and hope: Security imaginaries of climate change and emotions in the Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion campaigns’ (SECIMA).

The project studies how the two key global movements of our time - Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion - use images and other visuals to narrate climate change as a threat to human, national or global security and at the same time legitimize and justify their activism. SECIMA will contribute to the emerging scholarly debate on visual narratives in global politics, (self-)legitimation of social movements as global political actors and visual methods in the study of IR.

EU grant for knowledge enhancement on contemporary China
Posted on:20 May 2022

Prof. Jan van der Harst and Prof. Tjalling Halbertsma from the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) are collaborating on ReConnect China, a European research project to improve knowledge on contemporary China. The project, led by researchers from Ghent University, is a collaboration by 14 universities and knowledge centres across various European countries. The European Union will support the project over the coming four years through providing a Horizon grant of €4 million.

Call for papers: The Middle Eastern Turn in Jewish Studies
Posted on:19 May 2022

The Dutch Association of Jewish Studies (Nederlands Genootschap voor Joodse Studiën, NGJS) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual conference on 2 November 2022, devoted to the theme ‘The Middle Eastern Turn in Jewish Studies’. The NGJS annual conference aims to bring together researchers in the Netherlands in the field of Jewish Studies to share current research and to jointly reflect on current trends and issues in the field. It further aims to facilitate collaboration between researchers and to connect junior and senior scholars.

This year's conference will be held at the University of Groningen. The deadline for submissions is 9 June 2022.

Four PhD Scholarship Positions at ICOG
Posted on:13 April 2022

The Graduate School for the Humanities offers 4 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.

The application deadline is 15 May 2022.

PhD Position Environmental History Niger Delta
Posted on:08 April 2022

Applications are invited for a fully funded, four-year PhD position within the research project Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa: Understanding Cultural and Political Responses to Environmental Transformation, financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Iva Peša. The discovery of oil in the Niger Delta in 1956 precipitated massive oil spills, violent conflict over oil revenues, and vocal environmental protest movements. This project aims to historicise these environmental conflicts and to understand why people reacted differently to environmental change.

The application deadline is 31 May 2022.

PhD Position Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa
Posted on:08 April 2022

Applications are invited for a fully funded, four-year PhD position within the research project Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa: Understanding Cultural and Political Responses to Environmental Transformation, financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Iva Peša. Since the Witwatersrand gold rush of 1886, industrial gold mining has fundamentally shaped Johannesburg’s urban environment. This project aims to determine how inhabitants of Johannesburg have experienced and lived with gold mining and ensuing environmental change.

The application deadline is 31 May 2022.

Florian Lippert in conversation with Julian Pahlke, MdB, about refugees from Ukraine, prospects for EU migration policy
Posted on:23 March 2022

Dr Florian Lippert, Associate Professor for European Culture and Literature at the UG and currently Research Fellow at NIAS Amsterdam, interviewed Julian Pahlke, MdB (member of the German Parliament), about the current situation of refugees from Ukraine, his recent experience at the border between Ukraine and Poland, future perspectives of EU migration policy and the situation in Germany.

Home-building aldermen made the difference 100 years ago
Posted on:16 March 2022

How can municipalities tackle the housing shortage? Municipal housing corporations could be the solution—just like they were 100 years ago.

In 1901, municipalities in the Netherlands were given the responsibility of building social housing. They did not only supervise high-quality public housing but also established their own municipal housing construction companies. ‘This was really needed’, explains historian Stefan Couperus . ‘Workers in the cities lived in tightly packed hovels with narrow staircases, little sunlight, and hardly any sanitary facilities. Multiple families often shared a house, living in poor hygienic conditions, as a result of which diseases like cholera were able to spread.’

Call for Papers: Similarity, Selection and Influence
Posted on:08 March 2022

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the symposium “Similarity, Selection and Influence: A Cross-Disciplinary Symposium on Homophily in Social Networks”. The two-day symposium on 7-8 July 2022 will feature workshops, live panels, paper presentations and networking events.

We invite papers by PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years post PhD conferral) with an interest in network science. We welcome both quantitative and qualitative original submissions that expand our understanding of homophily in social networks across many fields.

Submission deadline: 15 May 2022

Call for Papers AIM2022: Artificial Intelligence and Minority
Posted on:08 March 2022

The University of Groningen’s Department of History of Philosophy and Center for Digital Humanities are inviting submissions to the “AIM2022: AI and Minority” international conference. The event seeks to bring together scholars at various stages of their career who work in the history of philosophy or cognate areas in cultural history and the humanities broadly defined, and who use AI-inflected approaches to bring to life neglected figures, unrepresented language groups and racial profiles, as well as any historical aspect(s) that go(es) beyond the canon of their disciplines.

Submission deadline: 29 April 2022

ICOG visiting research fellow: Sarah Gleeson-White
Posted on:25 January 2022

From February to March of 2022, ICOG will be joined by visiting research fellow Sarah Gleeson-White. Dr Gleeson-White is an Associate Professor of American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. She specializes in early twentieth-century American literature, African American film and literature, William Faulkner and southern US literature, and the relations among film and literature.

Call for Papers: Alien Imaginations
Posted on:16 January 2022

The conference Alien Imaginations: Facing the Challenge of first contact, for which we shared a CfP on 25 August 2021, is moving online. The submission deadline and contact address have also changed. The amended call for papers is shared below.

Deadline: 31 January 2022

ERC funds project studying responses to environmental transformation caused by resource extraction in Africa
Posted on:12 January 2022

ICOG-researcher Iva Pesa has received an ERC Starting Grant to study the cultural and political responses to environmental transformation caused by resource extraction in Africa. The European Research Council (ERC) awards these personal grants of EUR 1.5 million to excellent researchers in order to stimulate groundbreaking research in Europe.

White Sisters, nursing practices and reproductive health in East-Africa
Posted on:15 December 2021

What was the role of missionary nurses in sub-Saharan Africa’s colonial and postcolonial past? How did nursing practices develop and how did they affect the health of mothers and children?

With a grant from the Nurse Vernède Foundation (Stichting Zuster Vernède), Aletta Jacobs Professor of Economic and Social History Hilde Bras will study the impact of missionary nurses in East-Africa in a project titled "White Sisters, nursing practices and reproductive health in East-Africa, 1890-now."

Studying water, energy and food insecurity in South Africa
Posted on:09 December 2021

The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO) have granted two joint research projects in the second call for proposals of the South Africa-Netherlands Cooperation research programme.

One of these projects, in which Dr Iva Pesa represents the University of Groningen as consortium partner, studies water, energy and food security challenges in South African urban environments. The challenges of cities in South Africa face typify problems of many other fast-growing urban areas in Africa and beyond. Research outcomes have therefore the potential to be highly valuable for other contexts as well.

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