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FAILURE: Reversing the Genealogies of Unsuccess, 16th-19th centuries

Objective

Failure is almost everywhere, and unsuccess is deeply embedded into stereotypes about regions, nations, business, gender and race. Failure to embrace crucial philosophical ideas and scientific breakthroughs is often considered a key factor to explain differential paths of development. And historical, long-term narratives add an additional layer to notions of failure. But while failure is conspicuously referred to in public debate, and in local and global politics, it nevertheless remains an obscure and elusive notion. How is it possible that a concept often used to relegate and marginalize individuals and whole communities is so ill defined?

The dynamics between inclusiveness and the failure to integrate is a key social problem of our present, one with deep historical and philosophical roots. Discourses on failure are also present in many other aspects of contemporary societies, from the individual entrepreneur to ideas on international leadership. But quantitative approaches to development and integration need to be supplemented with critical awareness of the consequences of attributing failure to groups, individuals or even nations. Inclusiveness, and integration in all social institutions are challenges that demand reassessing the criteria used to identify failure. At the same time, it is necessary to promote a clear understanding of the temporary nature of failure and the possibilities of reversing and challenging failures. While failure is a heavy and paralyzing category, a concept crafted to perpetuate colonial dominion and legitimize inequalities, positive psychology, engineering and philosophy among other disciplines have pointed to several positive aspects of failure and recovery. REVFAIL project aims to foster widespread reflection on the topic and to provide critical tools for schools, associations and community structures to analyse and revert (auto)imposed and external narratives of failure.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 395 600

Participants (4)

CASA DE VELAZQUEZ
Spain
EU contribution
€ 308 200
Address
Calle Paul Guinard 3
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 234 600
Address
Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 142 600
Address
54 Bd Raspail
75270 Paris 6
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 220 800
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (6)

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL PERU
Peru
Address
Avenida Universitaria 1801 San Miguel
15088 Lima
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE
Chile
Address
Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'higgins 340
8331150 Santiago
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
Argentina
Address
Diag. Juan B. Alberdi 2695
7600 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
North Charles Street 3400
21218 Baltimore
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL FLUMINENSE
Brazil
Address
Rua Miguel De Frias 9
24220 008 Niteroi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments