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Identities and modernities in Europe: European and national identity construction programmes and politics, culture, history and religion

Objective

IME investigates European identities, defined as a wide range of definitions of ‘us, the Europeans’ proposed and acted upon by various actors in and around the current European Union (EU), in particular in nine cases: Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Drawing from the theory of multiple modernities, the project addresses three major issues regarding European identities: what they are, in what ways they have been formed and what trajectories they may take from now on. Through a set of nine case studies, IME first investigates the diversity of European identities as it manifests in the nine cases. It then examines the various ways in which these diverse self-definitions have been formulated and maintained in different societal, cultural and systemic settings and in which they have been interacting with various processes and forces. It then aims to identify commonalities among diverse European identities in nine countries through a series of thematic comparisons of the cases, in order to provide the basis for grounded projection of possible trajectories European identities may take as the processes of European integration continue. The project challenges the conventional wisdom about European identities and the teleological implication which lies behind much of the discussions of European identities and aims to offer valuable insights into the contexts in which various policies of identity construction are pursued.
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Coordinator

KINGSTON UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

Address

River House High Street 53-57
Kt1 1lq Kingston Upon Thames

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 302 738

Administrative Contact

Atsuko Ichijo (Dr.)

Participants (9)

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MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA ETNIKAINEMZETI KISEBBSEGKUTATO INTEZETE

Hungary

Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 180 468

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 203 296

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 201 856

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 203 296

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 88 692

International Center For Minority Studies And Intercultural Relations

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 87 442

ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 90 194

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 89 791

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215949

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2009

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 867 019

  • EU contribution

    € 1 447 773

Coordinated by:

KINGSTON UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom