| Call 2014/2015 subtopics:
4.1 Understanding conflict, identity, and memory: past and present
The EU countries, several countries associated to the EU’s FP7 (e.g. Turkey, Moldova) and Russia share a long history of war and peace. The just passed 20th century was coined by two World Wars and the following Cold War between two ideological systems, dividing the world in 'the West' or NATO members and 'the East' or Warsaw Pact states. This historical, societal, mental and cultural heritage did not only shape the world we are living in today, but also provides the foundation for political institutions like the EU, for partnerships and economic cooperation between states, for misunderstandings and new conflicts to be avoided. Thus the knowledge about the roots of the construction and formation of the world today may help to understand the origins of conflicts, the varieties of identities and the different memories of people we have to deal with today.
The main goal of this research theme is to conduct research on conflict, identity and memory in Europe and beyond, providing knowledge about the multilayered political, social, economic and cultural formations of the 21st century’s world. Such topics as a multi-paradigmatic understanding of war and peace, violence, ethnic conflicts, identity, dissent and consensus, multiculturalism, globalisation, regionalisation, integration, cultural heritage, archives, collective memory, national and international security will be the key areas of research and innovation.