UK-German collaborative research projects announced

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) announce 18 collaborative research projects.

The projects bring together arts and humanities researchers in the UK and Germany to conduct outstanding joint research projects which span a wide range of research subjects.

World-leading research

From Palaeolithic art to the role of architecture in addressing climate change, hip-hop to argumentation in the UN Security Council, the 18 funded projects show how transnational collaboration encourages world-leading research.

After receiving high-quality proposals, both funders agreed to support the 18 projects. They have increased the budget, totalling over £4.8 million in the UK, matched by some €5 million for research teams in Germany. The projects will start in early 2021 and are expected to run for three years until 2024.

AHRC and DFG continue to strengthen their commitment in this area with a third bilateral open funding call for arts and humanities researchers based in Germany and the UK. The third call will build on the success of the first two rounds and address the entire spectrum of the arts and humanities (including law and linguistics) that fall within the remits of DFG and the AHRC.

Exceptional collaborative projects

Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council, says:

I am delighted that the second year of this partnership between AHRC and DfG has generated such interest from our research communities. Once again, we have been able to co-fund a wide range of exceptional collaborative projects.

This programme demonstrates the scope that exists for continued and deepening research cooperation between the UK and Germany and is evidence of our international ambition.

Further information

Funded projects

Back to the future: archiving residential children’s homes (ARCH) in Scotland and Germany

Dr Ruth Emond, University of Stirling; Prof. Dr. Florian Eßer, Universität Osnabrück

Discipline: Library and Information Studies

A cross-linguistic investigation of meaning-driven combinatorial restrictions in clausal embedding

Dr Wataru Uegaki, University of Edinburgh; Prof. Dr. Maribel Romero, Universität Konstanz

Discipline: Linguistics

Interactions between dynamic effects and alternative-based inferences in the study of meaning

Dr Yasutada Sudo, University College London; Prof. Dr. Cornelia Ebert, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Discipline: Linguistics

Light on Hatha yoga: a critical edition and translation of the Hathapradipika, the most important premodern text on physical yoga

Dr James Mallinson, SOAS University of London; Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hanneder, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Discipline: Asiatic & Oriental Studies

Normative vs. descriptive accounts in the philosophy and psychology of reasoning and argumenta-tion: tension or productive interplay?

Professor Ulrike Hahn, Birkbeck College; Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München

Discipline:  Philosophy

Locality and the argument-adjunct distinction: structure-building vs. structure-enrichment

Dr Robert Truswell, University of Edinburgh; Dr Thomas McFadden, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

Discipline: Linguistics 

Documentary snapshots from seventh-century Egypt: local responses to regime transitions

Professor Nikolaos Gonis, University College London; Dr. Lajos Berkes, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Discipline: Classics

Trajectories of conflict: the dynamics of argumentation in the UN Security Council

Professor Chris Reed, University of Dundee; Prof. Dr. Manfred Stede, Universität Potsdam

Discipline: Linguistics

Hip-hop’s fifth element: knowledge, pedagogy, and artist-scholar collaboration

Dr Justin Arthur Williams, University of Bristol; Dr. Sina Nitzsche, Technische Universität Dortmund

Discipline:  Music

Spaces of translation: European magazine cultures, c.1945-65

Professor Andrew Thacker, Nottingham Trent University; Prof. Dr. Alison Martin   Johannes, Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Discipline: Comparative Literature

Speakers, listeners, languages: patterns of variability and contrast in spoken language dynamics

Dr Christopher Carignan, University College London; Prof. Dr. Marianne Pouplier, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München

Discipline: Linguistics

Priests in a post-imperial world, c. 900-1050

Dr Charles West, University of Sheffield; Prof. Dr. Steffen Patzold, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Discipline: History

Demarginalizing medieval Africa: images, texts, and identity in early Solomonic Ethiopia (1270-1527)

Professor Theo Maarten van Lint, University of Oxford; Prof. Dr. Alessandro Bausi, Universität Hamburg

Discipline: Art History

The history of pronominal subjects in the language of northern Europe

Professor David Willis, University of Oxford; Prof. Dr. Roland Meyer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Discipline: Linguistics

Household art and activities, Palaeolithic style: the psychology of 16000-year-old domestic culture at Gönnersdorg (Rheinland) and Oelnitz (Thuringia)

Professor Paul Pettitt, Durham University; Prof. Dr. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Discipline: Archaeology

Architecture after architecture: spatial practice in the face of the climate emergency

Professor Jeremy Till, University of the Arts London; Prof. Dr. Tatjana Schneider, Technische Universität Braunschweig

Discipline: Design

Academic freedom, globalised scholarship and the rise of authoritarian China

Professor Eva Pils, King’s College London; Prof. Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Discipline: Law and Legal Studies

The Kinesemiotic body: a pragmatic account of the local discourse organisation of dance

Dr Arianna Maiorani, Loughborough University; Prof. Dr. John Bateman, Universität Bremen

Discipline: Linguistics

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