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Living with Difference in Europe - Making Communities out of Strangers in an era of super-mobility and super-diversity

Obiettivo

We are witnessing unprecedented levels of mobility (within and beyond the European Union) and population change. In this context, how we develop the capacity to live with difference is the key question of the 21st century. It is this fundamental research question which this proposal addresses (an issue that is particularly pertinent given rising levels of insecurity generated by post 9/11 terrorism and the current global financial crisis). This will be achieved by the generation of a new body of information and understanding about the extent and nature of everyday encounters with difference through five inter-linked projects, each collecting original empirical data in the UK and Poland. My vision is to advance the theorization of meaningful contact by using this data about spatial practices of encounter and intersectionality to shed new light on mostly unevidenced interdisciplinary theories of cosmopolitanism; and to develop further an innovative social topographic approach for transcending conventional comparative research perspectives by producing a sophisticated model of the complex webs of connection across the research locations, integrating the findings from a post-colonial and post-communist state. I will develop new horizons in methodological practice through the development of biographical timelines, and audio diaries to capture qualitative longitudinal data; video-elicitation of encounters with difference; and radical spatial experiments to create meaningful contact. The findings will provide an integrated evidence base about everyday understandings of difference and spatial practices of encounter that will inform, and nuance, European policies and strategies for living with difference. This programme will be unique internationally and will open up new directions in the interdisciplinary study of cosmopolitanism.

Invito a presentare proposte

ERC-2009-AdG
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Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Istituzione ospitante

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Indirizzo
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo UE
€ 1 128 313,81
Ricercatore principale
Gillian Margaret Valentine (Prof.)
Contatto amministrativo
Joanne Watson (Mrs.)

Beneficiari (2)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 1 128 313,81
Indirizzo
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Ricercatore principale
Gillian Margaret Valentine (Prof.)
Contatto amministrativo
Joanne Watson (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Partecipazione conclusa

United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 1 053 086,19
Indirizzo
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo
Gill Valentine (Prof.)