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PROPOSED NETWORK:

Building the Research Network


"Europe in a Networked World" (E-NeW),
Responding to Horizon 2020 Calls
E-NeW will respond to the H2020 call

UNDERSTANDING EUROPE PROMOTING THE


EUROPEAN, PUBLIC AND CULTURAL SPACE, H2020SC6-CULT-COOP-2016-2017.

1. CULT-COOP-04-2017: Contemporary histories of Europe in artistic and creative


practices (Opening 30 September 2015)
- requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 2.5 million
OR
2. CULT-COOP-10-2017: Culture, integration and European public space

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RESUME OF PROPOSITION

The new network, called E-NeW or "Europe in a Networked World", will respond to one of the topics within
the above call with a project that will emphasize the role of immigrants and their descendants in Europe's
heterogeneous cultural life and that will map and analyse the interconnectedness of these "diasporas-inEurope" with now thriving societies in the global community.
E-NeW will be seeking to place Europe its heritage and composition in a global frame of critical
understanding. Understandings of the heterogenous and not always recognized strands and actors will
propose the challenge of a Europe sustained as a differentiated and an on-going composition, as opposed to a
homogenous understanding of historical and cultural belonging.
The network will employ a global approach deploying the disciplinary (literary studies, cultural studies,
political science, philosophy) and transdiscipinary (postcolonial studies, genders studies, transcultural
studies) expertise of the members of the network. While other networks have similar features, E-NeW is the
first attempting to research the positive aspects of a heterogeneous utopian culture integrating migrant and
diasporic cultures. Thus, unlike most previous Postcolonial networks, E-NeW seeks to view culture from a
non-Eurocentric perspective and refuses to understand non-European migrant and diasporic cultures as
disruptive of an imaginary European norm.
E-NeW originates from an initial exploratory workshop hosted by Goldsmiths College, London University,
in June 2014. It brought together the Centre for Postcolonial Studies (Goldsmiths, London); l'Institut des
Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles (IETT, EA4168, University of Lyon); the Frankfurt Research
Centre for Postcolonial Studies (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main) and the Centre for Concurrences in
Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (Linnaeus University, Sweden).
The July 2015 Frankfurt meeting saw both Research Platform Gender Studies: Identities - Discourses Transformations (Innsbruck, Austria) and the Centro Studi Postcoloniali e di Genere (CSPG, Universit degli
Studi di Napoli, Orientale, Italy) join the group and discussions led to the formation of a new embryo core
network "Europe in a Networked World" (E-NeW). The core network will be developed by exploiting
current professional collaborations and previous engagements of the E-NeW partners; the Centre du
Patrimoire Armenien-Valence Agglo, the Univesit des Antilles, the University of Arts in London are all
probable new partners.
This network intends focusing on research projects related to the articulation of migration, memory and
"heritage" within artistic and creative practices in the historical and cultural context of the colonial making of
Europe. Migration from former European colonies, and other extra-EU societies, has not only irrevocably
changed the nature of Europe's identity, it has clearly put on the social, cultural and political agenda the need
for Europe to engage and interact with this diversity and its interconnectedness with a colonial heritage and
the former colonial world now constituted by dynamic societies within our global community.
The network's work initial task will be applying such research questions to a European Commission H2020
bid in 2017 in order to achieve impact at a European and international level. The specific call topic we aim to
respond to will be either: 1. CULT-COOP-04-2017: Contemporary histories of Europe in artistic and creative
practices or 2. CULT-COOP-10-2017: Culture, integration and European public space. The final decision on
which call topic to respond to will be made at the first core network meeting 2-3 November 2015 at Linnaeus
University, Sweden.

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RECAPITULATIVE TABLE

Partner

Country

Last name

F i r s t C u r r e n t Role, competences
name
occupation

I n s t i t u t d ' E t u d e s France
Transtextuelles et
Transculturelles,
Universit Jean Moulin
Lyon 3

LEE

Gregor Professor
y

Cultural history, diaspora


studies, migration, cultural
studies, postcolonial
studies

Centre for Postcolonial UK


Studies,
Goldsmiths

SETH

Sanjay

Political science,
postcolonial studies

Centre for Concurrences in Sweden


Colonial and Postcolonial
Studies,
Linnaeus University

HOGLUND Johan

Associate Popular culture, game


Professor s t u d i e s , c i n e m a ,
postcolonial studies

Centro Studi Postcoloniali e Italy


di Genere,
Naples University

CHAMBER Iain
S

Professor

History of popular and


metropolitan cultures,
music, Mediterranean
studies, migration,
postcolonial studies

Research Platform Gender Austria


Studies: Identities Discourses

Transformations,
Innsbruck University

DHAWAN

Professor

Political theory, gender


studies, migration,
globalization

Nikita

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Professor

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1. OBJECTIVE OF NETWORK PROPOSITION

The new network, called E-NeW or "Europe in a Networked World", will respond to one of the following
call topics with a project which will emphasize the role of immigrants and their descendants in Europe's
heterogeneous cultural life and will map and analyse the interconnectedness of these "diasporas-in-Europe"
with now thriving societies in the global community.
E-NeW will be seeking to place Europe its heritage and composition in a global frame of critical
understanding. Understandings of the heterogenous and not always recognised strands and actors will
propose the challenge of a Europe sustained as a differentiated and an on-going composition, as opposed to a
homogenous understanding of historical and cultural belonging.
This initial work of E-NeW will be seeking to identify, extend and articulate these research questions so as to
prepare for the bid to the European Commission in order to augment its funding and impact at a European
and international level. The specific call topic we aim to respond to is: 1. CULT-COOP-04-2017:
Contemporary histories of Europe in artistic and creative practices (opening 30 September 2015) for which
we would request a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 2.5 million; or 2. CULT-COOP-10-2017:
Culture, integration and European public space. The final decision on which call topic to respond to will be
made at the first core network meeting 2-3 November 2015 at Linnaeus University, Sweden.
The network will employ a global approach drawing on the transdiscipinary strengths of the network
members and their common theoretical approaches within postcolonial, transcultural, and gender studies,
articulated with the disciplinary expertise of the members of the network which spans political science,
literary analysis, popular culture, music production and performance, and diaspora studies.
This network intends focusing on work packages related to migration, memory, and "heritage" and their
artistic and cultural representation in the historical and cultural context of the colonial making of Europe.
Migration from former European colonies , and extra-EU societies, has not only irrevocably changed the
nature of Europe's identity. It has clearly put on the social, cultural and political agenda the need for Europe
to engage and interact with this diversity and its interconnectedness with a colonial heritage and the former
colonial world now constituted by dynamic societies within our global community.
Building on the back of earlier research, including the four year MeLa* European Museums in an age of
migrations research project funded by the European Commission under the Socio-economic Sciences and
Humanities Program (FP7th): MeLa*: http://www.mela-project.eu, together with funded contracts such as
DEMMPOL - DEcoder les Mtropoles Mondiales POur Lyon financed by the Grand Lyon metropolis and
undertaken by the IETT (Lyon), and the four-year Concurrences project funded by the Swedish Research
Council and located at Linneaus University, the partners intend to develop an interactive working framework
that will initiate a research agenda seeking to identify new narratives in an emergent European public sphere
and its associated cultural practices.
In terms of deliverables of our planned H2020 project, E-NeW would use as its benchmark the standard set
by MeLa*: "European Museums in an age of migrations" http://www.mela-project.eu.
Pertinence and originality of the subject:
While other networks have similar features, E-NeW is the first attempting to research the positive aspects of
a heterogeneous utopian culture integrating migrant and diasporic cultures. Thus, unlike most previous
Postcolonial networks, E-new seeks to view culture from a non-Eurocentric perspective and refuses to view
non-European migrant and diasporic cultures as disruptive of an imaginary European norm.

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2. PRESENTATION OF NETWORK

E-NeW originates from an initial exploratory workshop hosted by Goldsmiths College, London University,
in June 2014. It brought together the Centre for Postcolonial Studies (Goldsmiths, London); l'Institut des
Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles (IETT, EA4168, University of Lyon); the Frankfurt Research
Centre for Postcolonial Studies (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main) and the Centre for Concurrences in
Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (Linnaeus University, Sweden).
The July 2015 Frankfurt meeting saw both Research Platform Gender Studies: Identities - Discourses Transformations (Innsbruck, Austria) and the Centro Studi Postcoloniali e di Genere (CSPG, Universit degli
Studi di Napoli, Orientale, Italy) join the group and discussions led to the formation of a new embryo
network "Europe in a Networked World" (E-NeW).
Here are descriptions of the centres and their directors/representatives involved in E-NeW:
IETT (Lyons)
Much of the work of the Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles (IETT EA 4186) concerns
migration and diasporas in Europe. Its 40-strong-plus research team includes specialists of Asia and its
diasporas, of Spain, the UK and of Germany. IETT uses a transcultural, transnational, interdisciplinary
methodology. IETT is a participant in a recent Horizon 2020 bid "Innovating Diplomacy for European
External Action: Magnifying the Power of Cultural and Science Diplomacy in a Multipolar and Multilateral
World" the result of which is forthcoming. IETT conducted the DEMMPOL - DEcoder les Mtropoles
Mondiales POur Lyon project under a contract with the Grand Lyon metropolis. IETT also has an active
Twitter account @IETT_ITTS and website www.iett.eu
Gregory Lee is Professor of Chinese and Transcultural Studies at the University of Lyon, where he is
also Director of the Institute for Transcultural and Transtextual Studies (EA 4186), a research centre he
founded in 2005. Its journal Transtext(e)sTranscultures is available on line.
For more than twenty years Lee has researched the presence of the Chinese community in Britain and more
widely in Europe (see Troubadours, Trumpeters, Troubled Makers: Lyricism, Nationalism and Hybridity in
China and Its Others, Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1996; Chinas Unlimited: Making the
Imaginaries of China and Chineseness, London, Routledge Press, 2003; "Paddys Chinatown: A Short
(Hi)story of a Liverpool Hybridity" in Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol 1.
(1998). His latest book is Chinas Lost Decade: Cultural Politics and Poetics 19781990 (Zephyr Press
2012). He is currently working on the historic colonialism inherent in China's nationalist modernisation and
the alternative of Ungrowth as the exit from that colonialist inheritance. He is Consultant to the City of
Liverpool's Chinatown Museum Project which incorporates an arts platform highlighting the contribution of
Chinese creative practitioners in the UK. For further information see CV and web site www.gregorylee.net
CSPG (Naples)
The Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies seeks to promote critical understandings of the knowledges
and powers that frames the contemporary world. The intertwining of historical and cultural forces,
historically exposed in the colonial world, and today in planetary processes of creolisation that are deeply
marked by racial and gender inequalities. The work of the centre, in both its seminars and publications,
sustains a critical space whose horizon is profoundly postcolonial. Further information is available here:
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Iain Chambers is known for his interdisciplinary and intercultural work on music, popular and metropolitan
cultures. More recently he has transmuted this line of research into a series of postcolonial analyses of the
formation of the modern Mediterranean. He currently teaches cultural, postcolonial and Mediterranean
studies at the University of Naples, Orientale. Author of Migrancy, Culture, Identity (1994) [Migration
Kultur Identitt (1996)], among his more recent publications are Mediterranean Crossings. The Politics of an
Interrupted Modernity (2008) and Mediterraneo blues. Musiche, maliconia postcoloniale, pensieri maritime
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(2012). He is also editor with Lidia Curti of The Post-colonial question. Common skies, divided horizons
(1996)
LNUC (Linnaeus, Sweden)
LNUC Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies comprises 20 researchers, postdoctoral students
and PhD students. This interdisciplinary centre includes scholars from art history, religion, sociology, history,
English literature, social work, and human geography, and it hosts regular international workshops,
conferences and guest lectures. The main focus of the centre is to respond to the challenge of identifying and
providing a discursive space for the many concurrent narratives that surface in a world that often seeks to
ignore or undo the heterogenous cultural and social contexts that its population belongs to. Additional
information can be found here: http://lnu.se/lnuc/linnaeus-university-centre-for-concurrences-in-colonialand-postcolonial-studies-?l=en
Johan Hglund is Associate Professor at Linnaeus University, Sweden and a member of the Linnaeus
University Center for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. He holds degrees from Brown
University, Rhode Island and Uppsala University and is director the director of the LNUC Concurrence's
cluster for Nordic Colonialism. He has published extensively on the relationship between popular culture and
imperialism in Game Studies, Continuum, English Literature in Transition, Gothic Studies and The European
Journal of American Studies. He is the author of the American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire,
Violence (Ashgate, 2014) and co-editor of Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism (Palgrave,
2015) and Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires (Palgrave, 2012).
CPS (Goldsmiths, London)
The Centre for Cultural Studies offers an MA in Postcolonial Studies and two of the founding co-editors of
the leading international journal in the field, Postcolonial Studies, are practicing in the Politics department at
Goldsmiths. Postcolonial theory is a flourishing field of enquiry at Goldsmiths. Interdisciplinary by nature,
postcolonial theory flourishes across, and in the interstices between, academic disciplines. It is taught and
researched in most academic departments at Goldsmiths, including English and Comparative Literature,
Theatre & Performance, Sociology, Media & Communications, Cultural Studies, Art, Anthropology, Visual
Cultures, Music, and Politics. The Centre for Cultural Studies offers an MA in Postcolonial Studies and two
of the founding co-editors of the leading international journal in the field, Postcolonial Studies, are practicing
in the Politics department at Goldsmiths. Postcolonial theory has expanded beyond its origins in Literary
Studies whose concern was with representation to an engagement with epistemological, ethical and
political questions. In recognition of this The Centre for Postcolonial Studies is an interdisciplinary Centre
that was created and housed in the department of Politics. Seeking to provide a forum for those engaged in
pushing Postcolonialism into new domains. To meet, discuss, explore and disseminate new ideas, through
seminars, colloquia and conferences.
For further information see: http://centrepostcolonialstudies.org/
Sanjay Seth is Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Director of the
Centre for Postcolonial Studies. He has written extensively on social and political theory, postcolonialism,
and modern Indian history, including Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: Colonial India (1995), Subject
Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India (2007 and 2008) and (as editor) Postcolonial Theory and
International Relations: A Critical Introduction. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled The
Postcolonial Condition: An Inquiry into the Status of Modern Knowledge.
Gender Research Platform (Innsbruck)
Research Platform Gender Studies: Identities - Discourses - Transformations, University of Innsbruck,
Austria offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender relations based on a pluralist approach to
theories and methods. The Platform supports a Master program and runs a series of international academic
events, including a Public Lecture series. It consist of five research groups, including Gender relations of
migrant societies and Gender, Care and Justice.
Additional information can be found here: http://www.uibk.ac.at/geschlechterforschung/index.html.en

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Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science (Political Theory and Gender Studies) at the University of
Innsbruck, Austria, where she is also Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: "Identities
Discourses Transformations" and founding member of the Research Center Migration and Globalization.
She is also concurrently Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies, Cluster of
Excellence The Formation of Normative Orders, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Her publications
include: Impossible Speech: On the Politics of Silence and Violence (Academia: 2007); Hegemony and
Heteronormativity: Revisiting the Political in Queer Politics (co-ed., Ashgate: 2011); Decolonizing
Enlightenment: Transnational Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in a Postcolonial World (ed., Barbara
Budrich: 2014); Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (with Maria do Mar Castro Varela, in German;
transcript: 2015); Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (co-ed., Routledge: 2015); Negotiating
Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (co-ed., forthcoming).
Lee and Seth (Goldsmiths) have met and exchanged ideas on a number of occasions in London, Malmo, and
Frankfurt and enjoy excellent professional relations. They have worked together on establishing a Master's
degree. Lee, Seth and Dhawan have met and participated together in two workshops related to
postcoloniality and Europe, in 2014 at Goldsmiths and in 2015 in Frankfurt. Seth and Dhawan have known
Chambers for a number of years. Lee's relationship with Chambers dates from 1994. All met with Hoglund
in Frankfurt in July 2015 when the idea of the network was first mooted. Goldsmiths (Seth) and Linnaeus
(Hoglund) are jointly sponsoring a "Decolonizing Knowledge" 2-3 November 2015 at Linnaeus, Sweden.
The network's first meeting focussing on the H2020 bid will take place in Sweden after this workshop.
Lee will similarly use his previous engagements with the Centre du Patrimoine Armenien - Valence Agglo
(which involved the curating of an exhibition of Valence's Chinese community) and current collaborations
(Lee will attend the international Conference What is Postcolonial Thought? to be held on November 23-25,
2015 at the Universit des Antilles) to extend and enhance the attraction of the new E-NeW network in its
European bid. Mme Laure Piaton, Director of the Centre du Patrimoine Armenien in Valence, has already
indicated the CPAs willingness to participate. Similarly, Isaac Julien, the Chair of Global Art at the
University of the Arts, London has expressed a strong interest in being involved in the next step of the ENeW project focussed on a bid for Horizon 2020.

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