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Transottomanica, call for projects for the second phase

Call for Projects

Priority Programme “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics” (SPP 1981)

application deadline: 31 December 2019

project start: 1 October 2020

 

Please also refer to the official version in German at http://www.dfg.de/foerderung/info_wissenschaft/2019/info_wissenschaft_19_50

 

In 2016, the Senate of the German Research Council (DFG) created the six year priority programme “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics” (SPP 1981). With this call for projects the DFG invites applications for the second three-year phase (2020-2023) of the programme. 

To date, social and (trans)cultural ties between Russia, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia from the early modern period to the beginning of the twentieth century have not been the subject of systematic historical study. The historical societies of the above-mentioned regions developed relationships that evolved and interconnected over centuries. The program will focus on the “Transottoman” ties and communication practices which emerged as a consequence of mobility between these dominions and which have not previously become visible in studies of individual regions or bilateral relations.

This approach promises to change our understanding of globalised European and Asian histories in a transcontinental context. Instead of constructing “one” new region, our “post-area studies” approach allows us to focus on several different contexts and fields of social interaction with different spatial and social ranges unified by the lens of mobility: Our focus will be on reciprocal processes of migration, knowledge circulation (travelling concepts), travel, trade and mobility of entire societies between Muscovy i.e. the Russian Empire, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia.

Similar to the first phase of the programme, applications for the second phase should be in one of the three thematic research lines: 1) mobile actors, 2) circulation of knowledge, and 3) exchange of goods/mobility of objects. These research lines offer different perspectives on similar phenomena which they put into a causal relation by examining them through the lens of mobility. We define mobility as the interplay of social and spatial flows of humans and objects (material and immaterial resources, ideas, knowledge or values) by relations of exchange inside and between networks.

The programme investigates the historical period between the 16th and the 19th centuries. This period started when the Ottoman Empire developed into a cross-regional hub due to its expansion into northern and eastern Africa, East Central Europe and the Near and Middle East. It terminated when the major European powers expanded their political and economic influence and the entire area was increasingly integrated into altered and/or new spaces of communication and interaction. In the light of new mobility dynamics and structures, Transottoman spatial configurations lost their significance and merged into increasing global and nationalised contexts. The priority programme investigates these transitions until the beginning of the 20th century.

In its second phase, projects will focus on how long-term (infra)structural formations and concrete practices were created, reproduced and vanished again. Mobility in networks did create junctions and hubs in central positions. These hubs either prevailed over competing hubs in other places or lost their central functions and became peripheral. Not only new projects, but also those that already were part of the first phase of the programme can show how mobility dynamics consolidated and transformed over a long period of time. Additionally, project applications are welcome that examine the transformation of Transottoman contexts up until ca. 1950.

 

Please hand in your application until 31 December 2019 via the online elan-system where your data as well as documents concerning the application can be uploaded. For a new application chose „Antragstellung – Neues Projekt – Schwerpunktprogramm“  in the online form and specifically “SPP 1981”..

As a first-time applicant, please note that you have to register with the elan-system at least two weeks before you submit your application. You cannot submit an application without being registered at least until 17 December 2019. In the registration form, please chose SPP 1981 from the list of possible applications. In general, your registration will be confirmed on the next working day.

Applicants who want to continue their project from the first phase have to submit their applications in the category „Antragstellung – Antragsübersicht/Fortsetzungsantrag“. Here your current project will be shown.

For your application please consider DFG-guideline 54.01: Proposal Preparation. Instructions for Project Proposals (https://www.dfg.de/formulare/54_01/54_01_en.pdf) as well as the guidelines for priority programmes 50.05, part B: Individual Projects within Existing Priority Programmes, here especially eligibility and modules (https://www.dfg.de/formulare/50_05/50_05_en.pdf). Non-German nationals can apply, but need an affiliation with a university or research institution in Germany. Please send a copy of your application also to Prof. Dr. Stefan Rohdewald (stefan.rohdewald@geschichte.uni-giessen.de), the coordinator of the programme.

You will be notified about the evaluation process in due time.

More information about the priority programme Transottomanica it available at www.transottomanica.de.

The elan-system can be accessed at https://elan.dfg.de/en.

For further content related questions about the priority programme please contact the coordinators:

Dr. Florian Riedler,
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen,
Historisches Institut, Osteuropäische Geschichte,
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, D-35394 Gießen,
florian.riedler@geschichte.uni-giessen.de,
Tel: +49-641-9928-318,

or

Prof. Dr. Stefan Rohdewald,
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen,
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften,
Historisches Institut,
stefan.rohdewald@geschichte.uni-giessen.de,
Tel. +49 641 9928-260.

 

For further information concerning the application process please contact:

Dr. Guido Lammers,
Tel. +49 228 885-2295,
guido.lammers@dfg.de.

For formal or technical information also:

Andrea Hamacher,
Tel.+49 228 885-2549,
andrea.hamacher@dfg.de.