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Asymmetrical Encounters – Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815-1992


Project Leader: Joris van Eijnatten
Financier: Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)
Partners: Trier University, University College London
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How did the largest and cultural powerful countries like England, France, and Germany influence the public debates in smaller countries like The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg? This project will explore the cultural aspects of European identity and how the reference cultures have changed between 1815-1992. The project members will use large volumes of textual materials, largely in the form of long runs of digitized newspapers, pamphlets etc., and apply multi-lingual text mining techniques to explore intercultural references across time and space.

The project will examine the role that transnational example cultures have played in the process of European integration between 1815 and 1992. The researchers will study the nature of the cultural exchange between major countries like England, France and Germany and smaller countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The project will explore case studies such as the public perception of the rapidly growing European metropolis, the spread of the commercial entertainment industry in the form of musicals, football and pop music, and the emergence of new consumer products such as ready-to-wear, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and pilsner beer.