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Space, place and the historical and contemporary articulations of regional, national and European identities through work and community in areas undergoing economic restructuring and regeneration

Objective

SPHERE explores themes of identity and belonging: how do such alignments and affiliations survive (or not) the socio-economic changes that accompany restructuring and the broader political and demographic remodelling of Europe’s cultural landscapes? Its multidisciplinary analysis will deepen insight into the ways life experiences are interwoven with a range of cultural practices to construct new identities; it will also address the sources and implementation of regeneration policies for notions of community. SPHERE starts from six distinctive regional identities historically rooted in specific occupational contexts around strong communities in Europe’s largest economies: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and Turkey. All have undergone profound socio-economic transformations with associated challenges to cultural identities and practices. The project focuses on changes to historic regional and cultural identities where regional regeneration projects have attempted to introduce new industries or services or jobs and to create new cultural and economic landscapes. To assess the impact of Europe on the complex evolutions of community, regional and national identities, some of the regions chosen accessed or use EU regeneration funding, while others relied largely either on regional or national state subsidies or on market processes. This research will trace the transition from older to newer industries and put a strong focus on the impact this has had on cultural identities linked to work, class and gender, as well as the effects of EU or other regeneration processes on understandings of place and on people’s sense of belonging. It will probe the conditions under which new occupational, community, national and/or European identities emerge. By drawing on both the humanities and social science, it goes further and asks questions about the complex interconnections of history, place, culture and identity within households, the community and its collective organisations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /humanities
  • /social sciences
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Turkey
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 101 192
Administrative Contact
Attila Aytekin (Dr.)

Participants (5)

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 348 988
Address
Holloway Road 166 220
N7 8DB London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Butcher (Ms.)
INSTITUT FUER ARBEITSMARKT- UND BERUFSFORSCHUNG (IAB) DER BUNDESAGENTUR FUER ARBEIT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 241 486
Address
Regensburgerstrasse 104
90478 Nuernberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Klaus Hilles (Mr.)
UNIWERSYTET SLASKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 83 785
Address
Ul. Bankowa 12
40 007 Katowice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Urszula Ziegler (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 101 302
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maribel Rodriguez (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 12 486
Address
Avenida Teniente Flomesta S/n - Edificio Convalecencia
30003 Murcia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Sánchez-Merenciano Juárez (Ms.)