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Football Research in an Enlarged Europe: Identity dynamics, perception patterns and cultural change in Europe’s most prominent form of popular culture

Objective

The FREE project aims at understanding the impact of the most popular and most widely shared of all expressions of popular culture - football - on identity dynamics in an enlarged Europe.
In a truly interdisciplinary perspective FREE seeks to explore an apparently non-political, but fully existing sub-cultural European public space of communication: the European football scene in the largest sense.

FREE will bring together different approaches to this European public space:
a) it will study how collective memories of popular culture have emerged during the history of European football, what trace they have left in mutual perception patterns across the continent and to what extent cultural commonality may grow out of historically grown diversity in the field of everyday culture;
b) it will carry out multi-dimensional empirical research work that is innovative both in design and scope, in order to produce new insight into the complex identity dynamics resulting from processes of Europeanisation of football and strongly increased mobility over the last two decades;
c) it will attempt to shed light on the issues raised by the growing feminisation of the game such as gender construction and attitudes toward traditional patterns of identification;
d) it will provide an in-depth analysis of changing perceptions of European approaches to football governance as a legitimacy-enhancing project and produce strategic recommendations for policy-makers and other stakeholders in this field.

Through an ambitious dissemination strategy the FREE project aims at increasing awareness among citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers about the issue of cultural diversity and commonality in the field of popular culture and its often underestimated impact on the political, economic and social dimensions of the European integration process.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2011-2
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Coordinator

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DES SCIENCES COMMERCIALES D ANGERS ASSOCIATION
Address
Rue Lakanal 1
49003 Angers Cedex 01
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 717 405,21
Administrative Contact
Albrecht Sonntag (Prof.)

Participants (8)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 263 832,49
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 329 638,21
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Borja García (Dr.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 89 865,66
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ozgehan Senyuva (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 254 547,45
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfram Pyta (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 300 458,03
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Schwell (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 132 310,42
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
France
EU contribution
€ 179 357,34
Address
1 Rue Claude Goudimel
25000 Besancon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Dietschy (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 165 942,35
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michal Buchowski (Prof.)