HERA Joint Research Programme Cultural Encounters

Basic Information


The HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) Network has set up a second Joint Research Programme (JRP) on Cultural Encounters (CE). Nineteen research councils from 18 countries and the European Commission have jointly made available €18.5 million for new and exciting humanities-centred projects on Cultural Encounters involving researchers from three or more participating countries. In May 2012 almost 600 preproposals were submitted from which an international review panel selected 88 consortia to prepare a full proposal. After a full peer review process, the international review panel recommended 31 project proposals for funding. Given the budget framework, 18 transnational projects were funded. More information about these projects can be found on: http://www.heranet.info/hera-jrp-ii-funded-projects.

Main research priorities of the network

To understand cultural encounters is to understand the history and meaning of Europe and the world, from the earliest periods of human settlement to the present day. The ongoing processes of identity-making within Europe and elsewhere are fundamentally the result of various forms of cultural transformation, conflict and adjustment. These processes have arisen from and are influenced by a myriad of factors, including communication, intellectual exchange, ideological contest, technological change, economic development, trade, war, occupation and political consolidation. These processes of encounter and migration (of people, ideas, goods and objects) have impacts from the ‘micro’ level of individual lives to the ‘macro’ levels of ideology and societal institutions. This new HERA JRP Cultural Encounters supports projects that address the general historical and theoretical issues mentioned above, as well as those that investigate more specific and exemplary aspects of cultural encounters.

Research fields covered by the network

  • Socio-economics sciences and humanities

Target Groups

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Public Research Organisations (PROs)

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
HERA JRP Cultural Encounters two-stages 09/02/2012 04/05/2012

Submitted: 593


Submitted: 88


Successful: 0

Funded: 18