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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 101019777
    Overall Budget: 269,003 EURFunder Contribution: 269,003 EUR

    “The ‘right’ in human rights: Aristotelianism and Neo-Confucianism at the basis of the EU-China Dialogue” (RIGHT) is an interdisciplinary research project proposed for a Marie Curie Global Fellowship by Dr. Anna Irene Baka (PhD, The University of Hong Kong), Senior Human Rights Officer at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights and Adjunct Lecturer in Jurisprudence, EU law and Human Rights at the University of London International LL.B. Programme in Greece. This research aims to provide a ground-breaking definitional human rights framework on the basis of Aristotelianism and Neo-Confucianism, thus filling a major gap in human rights theory and practice and offering a basis for the sustainable continuation of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue. The outgoing phase will be conducted at the East Asian Languages and Civilisations Department of Harvard under the supervision of Prof. Michael Puett. The return phase will take place at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca' Foscari under the supervision of Prof. Marco Sgarbi. The project will be assisted by an advisory board of philosophers and human rights experts, and will also involve a focus group consisting of European and Chinese academics and policymakers. Results will be presented mainly through a website, a monograph, two journal articles, a module, a policy brief and a closing conference. RIGHT becomes particularly timely due to the revival of Confucianism by the Chinese Communist Party. The project provides the opportunity to give the proponent tailored training-through-research and transferable-skills-training for the advancement of her academic career, to establish collaborations between institutions working on similar themes in the US, Europe and China, and to deploy two philosophical traditions of the European and Chinese cultural heritage in a way that would demonstrate their relevance today, as well as their potential to address scholarly gaps and contemporary societal challenges.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 895133
    Overall Budget: 180,370 EURFunder Contribution: 180,370 EUR

    Cesare Pastorino will carry out this two-year Marie Curie Global Fellowship at Princeton University (USA) and the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (Italy), with the supervision of Anthony Grafton (Princeton) and Marco Sgarbi (Venice). The overarching aim of the ANTIQUITATES project is to investigate the quantitative empirical practices of the early modern historical disciplines. Pastorino will analyze the case of antiquarian architecture in the Republic of Venice during the sixteenth century. He will consider a group of groundbreaking architects from Veneto, including Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) and Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616), and their patronage networks. The activities of these architects moved seamlessly from texts to objects and back, merging the study of classical authors with archeological reconstructions, surveying, and practical mathematics. In their antiquarian analyses, these figures blended historical and quantitative empirical knowledge. Historiography usually associates quantitative empirical methods with the early modern growth of the natural sciences. Analyzing the patronage networks of antiquarian architecture in the Republic of Venice during the sixteenth century, this project will open a very different and innovative perspective: it will show how the humanistic and antiquarian study of the past included established practices of measurement and quantification. In sum, Cesare Pastorino will lay the foundations for a new and cutting-edge area of historical research on the role of quantification, measurement, and testing in the historical studies of antiquity in early modern Europe. This new research and the skills acquired during the fellowship period will impact his career very significantly. They will expand his current area of expertise, create new academic collaborations and provide him with the training required to achieve a permanent academic position and establish a research group on this topic.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 840686
    Overall Budget: 183,473 EURFunder Contribution: 183,473 EUR

    ‘Feeding, Educating, Dieting’ (FED) is a comparative qualitative analysis of mal/nutrition narratives, i.e. images of characters eating/fasting, in 1850-1900 British and Italian children's literature. Adopting a new historicist and discourse theory approach to comparative reading of British and Italian narratives, the project examines nineteenth-century trans/national discourses about child mal/nutrition and assesses children’s literature’s role in circulating these discourses. Child mal/nutrition is an increasingly concerning health issue in Europe, which prompted the EU to draw the Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020. Concern for this transnational issue can be traced back to the late-Nineteenth century, a definitional moment for national identities. Countries with different histories and food cultures addressed the idea of growing a healthy nation looking at the raising middle-class values in a process that engaged food, health, and literature. Using England and Italy as a case study, FED examines a selection of 1850-1900 Italian and British narratives to develop a framework to analyse the circulation of nineteenth-century child mal/nutrition discourses through children's fiction, highlighting their transnational nature. This framework will outline the core features of characters eating/starving in the selected narratives and unpack how these conveyed dominant discourses about gender roles, social power, and the healthy body/mind. As an expert in the application of new historicism and discourse theory to Victorian fiction, in FED I apply my main theoretical framework to the traditional comparative approach used in children’s literature studies to increase our understanding of how literature and food culture merge in national identity discourses. On a larger scale, FED promotes discussion on how literary studies can address current European issues such as child mal/nutrition and promotes international collaborative research on the topic.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 101018413
    Overall Budget: 237,768 EURFunder Contribution: 237,768 EUR

    One of the most significant technological innovations of the post-war era, the development of GPS revolutionised the way we navigate, fight wars, design maps, and keep time. However, a GPS historiography does not exist yet. The objective of this project is to provide the first in-depth historiographical study of Global Positioning System (GPS) development through new empirical archival evidence and extensive oral history interviews. Relatedly, by exploring the history of satellite-navigation, the project will also contribute to designing policies relevant to the EU’s Common Defence and Security Policy (CDSP). The project will highlight the interconnection of technological innovation in the field of satellite-based navigation with Cold War politics and military-strategic culture. The overarching argument is that the development of GPS was born out of the paradigm transformation that took place within the U.S. Air Force in the early-to-mid 1970s in favour of a ‘counterforce’ military doctrine. The ancillary argument is that GPS was part of a broader attempt by the United States to direct R&D efforts towards regaining qualitative and technological superiority over the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. Additionally, through innovative ‘applied history’ methods, the project will analyse the implications of GALILEO for the future of European security. These issues are particularly timely in the context of increased international tension, the erosion of U.S. leadership in European defence matters, and the related initiatives to further integrate EU defence policies parallel to NATO, particularly after Brexit. Against this background, the project will assess the relevance of independent access to satellite-navigation as an essential tool in any far-sighted policy of EU defence integration. The action will allow the ER to establish himself as a leading scholar in his field and be competitive in the European academic job market.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 267696
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