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Danish, Dutch and Irish first started the ball rolling in 2002 – but HERA’s main activities started in 2004-2009 with ERA NET funding and it has gone onto to build a strong collaborative network across 22 Countries. The origins of HERA can be traced back to 2002 when the Danish, Dutch and Irish Research Councils initiated the establishment of the European Network of Research Councils in the Humanities (ERCH), later renamed as HERA. Over a period of five years (2004-2009) the HERA network was supported by the EU Framework Programme 6&apos;s ERA-Net scheme. The objective of the ERA-Net project was to bring national research programmes together in order to strengthen the European platform for the humanities. An official HERA mission statement was agreed at the first meeting of the HERA Network Board in December 2005:
The ERA-Net succeeded in building a strong network of national funding agencies for the humanities community in Europe. It enabled the exchange of information and best practices on issues such as peer review, programme management and quality and impact assessment. Publications included Feasibility Study: the Evaluation and Benchmarking of Humanities Research in Europe (2007).
HERA is dedicated to: the coordination of national research policies; the establishment of new Joint Research Programmes (JRPs); defining methods for evaluating the impact of humanities research; playing a pro-active role in promoting humanities on the European platform; functioning as a broker for multilateral funding arrangements; and assisting humanities researchers to succeed in FP7 calls.
UP and HERA Introduction Presentation Feb 2015
‘Uses of the Past’
Joint Research Programme
AHRC Director of Research
and Chair of HERA Knowledge Exchange Strategy Group
UK Information Session
Humanities research matters!
What is HERA?
• A partnership among Humanities research councils
across Europe (currently 25 partners, including the
European Science Foundation)
• Functions as a Network and have joint calls between
"Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a
network of national funding agencies and the European
Science Foundation (ESF) committed to leading and
developing funding opportunities for humanities
researchers in Europe, and sharing excellence in
research management practices and outcomes."
HERA is dedicated to:
• the coordination of national research policies;
• the establishment of new Joint Research Programmes
• defining methods for evaluating the impact of
• playing a pro-active role in promoting humanities on the
• functioning as a broker for multilateral funding
Previous Joint Research
• HERA with the European Commission have invested 34
Million Euros in project funding
• Funded 37 Projects (UK leading 20 projects and involved
in 15 others)
• First HERA funding call launched in 2009
• It had 2 thematic areas ‘Cultural Dynamics’ and
‘Creativity & Innovation’
• Second HERA call launched February 2012
• One thematic area ‘Cultural Encounters’
HERA is growing……
call – 13 Countries
Call – 18 Countries
• Uses of the Past – 23 Countries
new countries are Italy, Spain, Switzerland,
Latvia and the Czech Republic
Aims of ‘Uses of the Past’
• Achieving a better understanding of the multiple and
contradictory ways in which the past has been used,
both contentiously and constructively.
• Enable us to see more clearly the complex ways in
which our cultural diversity has been formed, and the
dynamics by which it may be shaped and directed in the
• Call text lists possible themes and questions to be
addressed by ‘Uses of the Past’ projects
• Not prescriptive or exhaustive, only a set of suggestions
Uses of the Past focus areas
• Changing uses of (different) pasts?
How is historical knowledge created, defined and validated? What constitutes “misuse”
of the past? What are the dynamics and consequences of competing narratives of
• Uses of the past for identity construction and institutional embedding of
norms and values.
How does the use of the past construct identities at individual and collective
levels? How are norms, values, institutions and behaviours formed by
the conscious and unconscious uses of the past?
• Uses of the past in media, material culture and public space.
What are the material forms of historical knowledge? How are the material
forms and media of historical knowledge related to their use? What is
the meaning and (economic) use of heritage? How does the past
materialize in objects (e.g. art or commodities) and spaces?
Uses of the past focus areas
• Uses of the past: transnational/international/national and regional dimensions,
What are the relations between European and global memories and histories? What
are the relations between European and regional memories and histories? How do
uses of the past have impact on the role of Europe as a (global) actor? What are
the transnational or transregional dynamics of historical memory?
• Uses of the past: impact on solving current problems, decision making and future
What is the role of knowledge of the past within a ”knowledge society"? Can new
knowledge of the past be used for building trust and solidarity in an integrated
Europe? In what ways is knowledge of the past a source for contemporary creativity
and innovation? In what ways may this knowledge illuminate the nature and effects
of these processes (solving current problems, decision making and future policies)?
Collaboration should give a particular added value to questions
of how the past can be used to consider the present and future.
Addressing familiar questions in new ways impossible for an
Not a requirement or a doctrine, but an ambition to challenge
the familiar and the conventional and a feature of successful
projects. Interdisciplinarity rather than simple ‘multi-
disciplinarity’. Not just combining the insights of disciplines, but
reaching insights which move the boundaries of the disciplines.
A requirement. Like interdisciplinarity, research across national
boundaries should have the capacity to unfix the assumptions
which form the vision-limits and comfort-zones of specific
traditions and identities.
• European added value
Why will this multi-national research and partnership make a
difference? Why is it something that can’t simply be done with
local or national funding? Also: this criterion not about
“European” topics, but about the better research made possible
though collaboration among researchers based in Europe.
• Knowledge Exchange
How can your research process and/or results be linked and
disseminated to wider world outside the academy? Possibility
for mutually-enriching collaboration with non-academic
partners. Expected this will .be part of proposals