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EU projects

The European Research Council (ERC) promotes scientific quality and bold, innovative, and cutting edge research by investing in the best researchers, and the best ideas.

erc with letters. And many orange point in a circle. Logo. The ERC is a unique funding programme in the category of excellent research in the EU research programme Horizon2020.

The ERC consists of three funding models: Starting Grants (StG) for young scientists, Consolidator Grants (CoG) for mid-career researchers, and Advanced Grants (AdG) for experienced researchers.

Minuscule Texts: Marginalized Voices in Early Medieval Latin Culture c. 700–c. 1000

A cut out from a medieval manuscript.MINiTEXTS – "Minuscule Texts: Marginalized Voices in Early Medieval Latin Culture (c. 700–c. 1000)" studies very short texts added to blank spaces of Latin manuscripts.  Unlike such manuscripts' main texts, minuscule texts are seldom characterized by identifiable authors or easily traceable histories of textual transmission. The project is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Professor Ildar Garipzanov.

GOODATTENTION: Attention norms and their role in practical reason, epistemology, and ethics

A boy looking at his mobile phone by the sea.What is good attention and what is bad attention? This project looks into normative questions about attention: what are appropriate, correct, or rational patterns of attention. This is then connected to how attention actually works: both in an individual and in groups and societies. It is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Associate Professor Sebastian Watzl.

Dynamic Territory

Landscape with sand meeting the sky. Tre persons holding a rope. Photo.With rising sea levels, desertification, droughts, crop failure, floods and extreme weather events, we need normative criteria to solve conflicts of interest around land and natural resources. This project aims to provide those criteria and develop a novel framework for territory. It is funded by an ERC Starting Grant awarded to Associate Professor Alejandra Mancilla.

Musical and Poetic Creativity for A Unique Moment in the Western Christian Liturgy, c.1000-1500

11th-Century Benedicamus Melodies, manuscript source.How did a single moment in the Western Christian liturgy shape music history? This project pursues a transformative focus on creative practices surrounding the ritual exclamation Benedicamus Domino. It is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Associate Professor Catherine A. Bradley.

DEVCOM: Pragmatics, Sense Conventions and Non-Literal Uses of Langauge

Father and son talking together.DEVCOM will provide an account of the stages and factors involved in children’s developing competence with non-literal uses of language, combining insights and methods from linguistics, philosophy and psychology. The project has been funded by an ERC Starting Grant awarded to Ingrid Lossius Falkum.

CoFutures: Pathways to Possible Presents

Bildet kan inneholde: stemning, himmel, lys, astronomisk objekt, rom.CoFutures proposes an original study of future fictions and science fiction from around the world. The project investigates contemporary strategies of futuring especially within marginal and / or non-Anglophone traditions, as well as transmedial productions that extend the scope of possible futures and possible worlds. The project has been funded by an ERC Starting Grant awarded to Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay.

Creative IPR

Picture of woven tweed fabric The project investigates the history of the intellectual property rights in the creative industries, from the Paris Convention (1883) and the Berne Convention (1886) to the present day, with a particular focus on Europe in the global world. "Creative IPR –The History of Intellectual Property Rights in the Creative Industries" is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded Professor Veronique Poillard.


Bildet kan inneholde: Arkitektur, Urbant område, Byområde, Glass, Urbant design. The project "BROKEX: Brokering China's extraversion: An ethnographic analysis of transnational arbitration." will investigate the processes underlying the “rise of China” – one of the most significant socioeconomic developments of our times. The project is funded through an ERC Starting Grant awarded Heidi Østbø Haugen.

Whales of Power

Bildet kan inneholde: vann, båt, vannfartøy, kjøretøy, båter og båtliv - utstyr og forsyninger. The project "Whales of Power: Aquatic Mammals, Devotional Practices, and Environmental Change in Maritime East Asia", studies relations between humans and aquatic mammals in maritime regions of East Asia, focusing on popular ritual practices and beliefs. The project has been funded by an ERC Starting Grant awarded to Aike Rots.