Information for Researchers, No. 86 | November 26, 2020

18 UK-German Collaborative Research Projects in the Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are pleased to announce funding for 18 UK-German collaborative research projects. The second round of this bilateral annual funding call will bring together arts and humanities researchers in the UK and Germany to conduct outstanding joint research projects. The successful projects were selected through a competitive process, leading to a joint virtual moderation panel meeting in autumn 2020.

Over 80 proposals were submitted, and in light of the high quality of the proposals, both funders agreed to support 18 projects and increase the budget for the second call. The total funding was over £4.8m in the UK, matched by some €5m for research teams in Germany. The projects, which span a wide range of research subjects within the humanities, will start in early 2021 and are expected to run for three years until 2024.

The AHRC and DFG are strengthening their own commitment in this area with a third bilateral open funding call for arts and humanities researchers based in Germany and the UK. The third call will build on the success of the first two rounds and address the entire spectrum of the arts and humanities (including law and linguistics) that fall within the remits of DFG and the AHRC.

Funded projects

  • Light on Hatha Yoga: a Critical Edition and Translation of the Hathapradipika, the Most Important Premodern Text on Physical Yoga
    Dr. James Mallinson, SOAS University of London; Professor Dr. Jürgen Hanneder, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Discipline: Asiatic and Oriental Studies
  • A Cross-linguistic Investigation of Meaning-driven Combinatorial Restrictions in Clausal Embedding
    Dr. Wataru Uegaki, University of Edinburgh; Professor Dr. Maribel Romero, Universität Konstanz, Discipline: Linguistics
  • Locality and the Argument-adjunct Distinction: Structure-building vs. Structure-enrichment
    Dr. Robert Truswell, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Thomas McFadden, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS); Hedde Zeijlstra, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Discipline: Linguistics
  • Interactions between Dynamic Effects and Alternative-Based Inferences in the Study of Meaning
    Dr. Yasutada Sudo, University College London; Professor Dr. Cornelia Ebert, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; Markus Steinbach, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; Clemens Steiner-Mayr, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Discipline: Linguistics
  • Back to the Future: Archiving Residential Children’s Homes (ARCH) in Scotland and Germany
    Dr. Ruth Emond, University of Stirling; Professor Dr. Florian Eßer, Universität Osnabrück; Tobias Thelen, Universität Osnabrück, Discipline: Library and Information Studies
  • Normative vs. Descriptive Accounts in the Philosophy and Psychology of Reasoning and Argumentation: Tension or Productive Interplay?
    Professor Dr. Ulrike Hahn, Birkbeck College; Professor Dr. Stephan Hartmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Discipline: Philosophy
  • Documentary Snapshots from Seventh-Century Egypt: Local Responses to Regime Transitions
    Professor Dr. Nikolaos Gonis, University College London; Dr. Lajos Berkes, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Discipline: Classics
  • Trajectories of Conflict: The Dynamics of Argumentation in the UN Security Council
    Professor Dr. Chris Reed, University of Dundee; Professor Dr. Manfred Stede, Universität Potsdam, Discipline: Linguistics
  • Hip-Hop’s Fifth Element: Knowledge, Pedagogy, and Artist-Scholar Collaboration
    Dr. Justin Arthur Williams, University of Bristol; Dr. Sina Nitzsche, Technische Universität Dortmund, Discipline: Music
  • Spaces of Translation: European Magazine Cultures, c. 1945-1965
    Professor Dr. Andrew Thacker, Nottingham Trent University; Professor Dr. Alison Martin, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Discipline: Comparative Literature
  • Speakers, Listeners, Languages: Patterns of Variability and Contrast in Spoken Language Dynamics
    Dr. Christopher Carignan, University College London; Professor Dr. Marianne Pouplier, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Discipline: Linguistics
  • Priests in a Post-imperial World, c. 900-1050
    Dr. Charles West, University of Sheffield; Professor Dr. Steffen Patzold, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Discipline: History
  • Demarginalising Medieval Africa: Images, Texts, and Identity in Early Solomonic Ethiopia (1270-1527)
    Professor Dr. Theo Maarten van Lint, University of Oxford; Professor Dr. Alessandro Bausi, Universität Hamburg, Discipline: Art History
  • The History of Pronominal Subjects in the Language of Northern Europe
    Professor Dr. David Willis, University of Oxford; Professor Dr. Roland Meyer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Discipline: Linguistics
  • Household Art and Activities, Palaeolithic Style: the Psychology of 16,000 Year Old Domestic Culture at Gönnersdorf (Rheinland) and Oelnitz (Thuringia)
    Professor Dr. Paul Pettitt, Durham University; Professor Dr. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Discipline: Archaeology
  • Architecture after Architecture: Spatial Practice in the Face of the Climate Emergency
    Professor Jeremy Till, University of the Arts London; Professor Dr. Tatjana Schneider, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Discipline: Design
  • Academic Freedom, Globalised Scholarship and the Rise of Authoritarian China
    Professor Dr. Eva Pils, King‘s College London; Professor Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Discipline: Law and Legal Studies
  • The Kinesemiotic Body: a Pragmatic Account of the Local Discourse Organisation of Dance
    Dr. Arianna Maiorani, Loughborough University; Professor Dr. John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Discipline: Linguistics

Further Information

For more detailed information on the third DFG/AHRC call, please refer to the DFG website:

Germany, DFG:

United Kingdom, AHRC:

Please put DFG in the subject heading.

  • Dr. James Davies
    International Partnerships and Engagement Management
    phone +44 1793 416060