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Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies

Objective

Many EU and non-EU governments have concluded that the Humanities and Social Sciences could and should make a greater contribution to public policy making. For instance, the Pentagon has recently admitted that top US decision-makers were not sufficiently informed about the cultural background of Iraq when they planned the 2003 US-led invasion. Cultural perspective is essential in foreign policy-making, in particular in Asia, where EU decision-makers have acknowledged the enormous need for Area Studies cultural and social science tools to facilitate greater understanding and better geopolitical analysis. The IDEAS project will address this need by coordinating a network of 44 research institutions specialized in Asian Area Studies with a view to creating a user-oriented research knowledge base. Particular attention will be paid to the sharing of infrastructure (most notably 22 field research centers located in 15 Asia countries), knowledge resources (libraries and catalogues), and exchanging scholars. The main goal in coordinating this institutional network is to ensure a greater connection between the spheres of academic research and the needs of policy-makers. Therefore, the first project deliverable is to define priorities for Area Studies research in the next decade. The shortlist of priorities pending approval by the IDEAS scientific committee currently includes: Islam in Asia, the level of autonomy granted to minorities (in particular secessionist tensions in South India), migration (notably internal migration, which is of particular concern in China), the reconstruction and re-interpretation of history to justify present policies (i.e. the concept of “Harmonious society” in China), and how the history of the 19th century relates to modern Asia.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion/islam
  • /social sciences/political science/public policy
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-C
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

ECOLE FRANCAISE D'EXTREME-ORIENT
Address
Avenue Du President Wilson 22
75116 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 423 762
Administrative Contact
Franciscus Verellen (Prof.)

Participants (7)

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA NEPRAJZIKUTATOINTEZETE

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 14 972
Address
Orszaghaz Utca 30
1014 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabor Vargyas (Prof.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 204 933
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eliisa Särkilahti (Dr.)
BOLCSESZETTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
Address
Toth Kalman Utca 4
1097 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabor Vargyas (Prof.)
THE BRITISH ACADEMY FOR THE PROMOTION OF HISTORICAL PHILOSOPHICAL ANDPHILOLOGICAL STUDIES
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 141 160
Address
Carlton House Terrace 10
SW1Y 5AH London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Margot Jackson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 201 586
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Reams-Behboud (Ms.)
ISTITUTO ITALIANO PER L AFRICA E L ORIENTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 64 024
Address
Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 16
00197 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sinatti Umberto (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 157 019
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sandrine Lassout (Ms.)