Information for Researchers, No. 90 | November 21, 2022

Collaboration between UK and Germany Supports World-leading Research

Awards have been made to 20 collaborative research projects in the fourth round of funding delivered by the partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). This is the fourth round of funding delivered by this collaboration which will see a further 20 collaborative research projects combine international expertise to tackle pressing global challenges.

After receiving high-quality proposals, both funders agreed to support 20 projects. This means an increase in budget, totaling over £5.5 million in the UK, matched by over €8.1 million for research teams in Germany. This is the largest investment, and the highest number of funded projects in any one round through this funding partnership.

All research funded as part of this collaboration partners arts and humanities researchers based in the UK and Germany to pursue academic research of the highest quality. Successful proposals have all demonstrated the added value which cross-national collaboration will make to advancing their area of research.

The current bilateral funding agreement covers a total of at least eight calls. The fifth call is open for applications until 15 February 2023.

Full list of successful funded projects:

A Different Kind of War Story: Centering Love and Care in Peace and Conflict Studies
Dr Philipp Schulz (Universität Bremen)
Dr Roxani Krystalli (University of St Andrews)
Discipline: Political Science

Comparative Legacies of Human Land Use in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Professor Hermann Behling (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Dr Patrick Roberts (Max-Planck-Institut für Geoanthropologie)
Dr Philip Riris (University of Bournemouth)
Discipline: Archaeology

Connecting Late Antiquities
Professor Julia Hillner (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Professor Richard Flower (University of Exeter)
Dr Charlotte Tupman (University of Exeter)
Dr Gabriel Bodard (University of London)
Discipline: History

Crafting Documents, c. 500–c. 800 CE
Professor Ira Rabin (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung BAM/Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing)
Professor Julia M H Smith (University of Oxford)
Discipline: History

Cross-Modal Perspectives on Grammaticalization: Aspect Markers in Creoles and Sign Languages
Dr Susanne Maria Michaelis (Universität Leipzig)
Dr Nicholas Palfreyman (University of Central Lancashire)
Discipline: Linguistics

Cultural Dynamics: Museums and Democracy in Motion
Professor Guido Fackler (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)
Dr Susannah Eckersley (Newcastle University)
Discipline: Cultural and Museum Studies

Divergent Discourses: Processes of Narrative Construction in Tibet, 1955–62
Dr Franz Xaver Erhard (Universität Leipzig)
Dr Robert Barnett (SOAS University of London)
Dr Nathan Hill (Trinity College Dublin)
Discipline: Area Studies

Embodied Agents in Contemporary Visual Art: How Robotics and A.I. Could Influence Creativity
Dr Caterina Moruzzi (Universität Konstanz)
Professor Frederic Leymarie (Goldsmiths College)
Dr Rebecca Chamberlain (Goldsmiths College)
Dr Tomoko Tamari (Goldsmiths College)
Discipline: Philosophy

Enacting Gregory Bateson’s Ecological Aesthetics in Architecture and Design
Dr Marie Davidova (Universität Stuttgart)
Dr Dulmini Perera (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
Dr Ben Sweeting (University of Brighton)
Dr Joanna Boehnert (Loughborough University)
Dr Jon Goodbun (Royal College of Art)
Discipline: Design

Global Bible: British and German Bible Societies Translating Colonialism, 1800–1914
Dr Felicity Jensz (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
Professor Hilary Carey (University of Bristol)
Discipline: History

Good Citizens, Terrible Times: Community, Courage and Compliance in and beyond the Holocaust
Professor Christina Morina (Universität Bielefeld)
Professor Mary Fulbrook (University College London)
Discipline: History

Hindu-Muslim-Jewish Origin Legends in Circulation between the Malabar Coast and the Mediterranean, 1400s–1800s
Dr Ines Weinrich (Rheinische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
Dr Ophira Gamliel (University of Glasgow)
Discipline: Languages and Literature

Just Futures? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Climate Models
Dr Julia Hoydis (Universität zu Köln)
Professor Roman Bartosch (Universität zu Köln)
Professor Jens Gurr (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Dr Carolin Schwegler (Universität zu Köln)
Professor David Higgins (University of Leeds)
Dr Warren Pearce (University of Sheffield)
Discipline: Languages and Literature

Rabbinic Civil Law in the Context of Ancient Legal History: A Legal Compendium to the Bavot Tractates of the Talmud Yerushalmi
Professor Matthias Armgardt (Universität Hamburg)
Professor Catherine Hezser (SOAS University of London)
Discipline: Law and Legal Studies

Reading Concordances in the 21st Century (RC21)
Professor Stephanie Evert (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Professor Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham)
Discipline: Languages and Literature

Reading Post-Postmodernist Fictions of the Digital: Literature, Technology, and Cognition in the Twenty-First Century
Professor Jan Alber (RWTH Aachen)
Professor Alice Bell (Sheffield Hallam University)
Discipline: Languages and Literature

Songwriting Camps in the 21st Century (SC21)
Professor Michael Ahlers (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)
Dr Jan-Peter Herbst (University of Huddersfield)
Dr Simon Barber (Birmingham City University)
Discipline: Music

States of Clay: Integrated Scientific Approaches to Clay Bureaucratic Objects from Early Mesopotamia, 3700–2700 BCE
Professor Barbara Helwing (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz – Vorderasiatisches Museum)
Professor Roger Matthews (University of Reading)
Dr Amy Richardson (University of Reading)
Discipline: Archaeology

The Seven Sages of Rome: editing and reappraising a forgotten premodern classic from global and gendered perspectives
Professor Jutta Eming (Freie Universität Berlin)
Professor Bettina Bildhauer (University of St Andrews)
Discipline: Languages and Literature

Using people well, treating people badly: Towards a Kantian Realm of Ends and Means
Professor Corinna Mieth (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Dr Ewa Wyrebska-Dermanovic (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Dr Martin Sticker (University of Bristol)
Dr Garrath Williams (Lancaster University)
Discipline: Philosophy

Further Information

For detailed information on the fifth call and on the outcomes of previous calls, please refer to the DFG website:

Germany, DFG:

United Kingdom, AHRC: