Volkswagen Foundation – Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and Change

Global Issues aims to support and strengthen innovative research in collaboration between researchers based in different parts of the world who usually do not join forces. By offering funding for international collaboration, the foundations intend to unite different research perspectives and approaches, and to allow for the development of a global perspective on the issues under consideration, which may challenge traditional or regionally limited perspectives and open new ways of thinking. The foundations strongly encourage research that moves beyond traditional questions and approaches and significantly advances the current state of the art.

Each research team may consist of three to five researchers, involving at least one researcher based in Sweden, Germany or Italy and two researchers based in non-European Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)- (for a four- or five-person consortium: one or two researchers based in High Income Countries (HICs), two or three based in LMICs).

Please note that purely European partnerships are excluded from this call.

The project duration should be up to four years with a maximum gross budget of 1.5 million Euro per project. The budget may include salaries as well as expenses, such as travel costs, consumables, acquisition of data, etc. Personnel costs for the researchers involved will be covered according to local standards

Applications may address one or more of the following areas of special interest:

  • Theoretical development of heritage including conceptual analyses of what is regarded as ‘cultural heritage’ and ‘change’ and by whom;
  • Contributions of cultural heritage to an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable future. Conflicts of interest between the preservation of heritage on the one hand and contemporary needs of the respective population on the other hand;
  • Consequences of the use of ICTs in relation to cultural heritage. Today advanced technology enters most domains of the use of cultural heritage through digital communication, media infrastructures and artificial intelligence.
  • Threats to heritage such as war, terrorism, or climate change. Natural and man-made hazards, particularly worsened by the effects of climate change events, are persistently putting heritage, including landscape, under pressure, with an increasing frequency over time. In addition, such disasters and catastrophes impose new and continuously changing challenges and urgently needs innovative safeguarding approaches.

Deadline: 13 May 2020.

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