Full Title: EUropean Identity, Cultural Diversity and Political Change
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Full Title: EUropean Identity, Cultural Diversity and Political Change


Acronym: EUinDepth

Proposal Number: 612619

Project duration: 01.01.2014 – 31.12.2017 (48 months)

The main objective of the project is to identify commonality and diversity in perception of Europe from the side of the EU and the nearest neighbor countries – Russia and Moldova, to propose expert recommendations on development of the EU Partnerships Strategies with neighboring countries.

The project contributes to mutual understanding among representatives of renowned national political schools, to development of intercultural communications and comparative evaluation of similarities and differences of views from European, Russian and Moldavian experts in the field of European studies. The strategic aim is to seek to overcome contradictions on the issue of perception of what Europe is, on its geographical and cultural borders, to develop a common understanding of what people in the project partner countries read into the words “being a European”.

Project objectives are:

-       to develop a common methodology of the cross-country surveys

-       to identify the frontiers of Europe by perception of European, Moldavian and Russian sides,

-       to identify the unity and diversity in perception of Europe in the EU and non EU-countries (Russia, Moldova)

-       to develop a taxonomy of cultural groups’ politicization, identity policies and conflict management on the base of the evaluation of regional and local identities as socio-cultural and political resources

-       to observe the phenomena of European identity in EU and non EU-countries (Russia, Moldova)

-       to investigate the issue of cultural security and cultural violence in multiethnic European region, spreading the output of the research on the both European and international level. These tasks can be fulfilled with support of strong, competitive and well organized research entity

-       to prepare the expert recommendations for the EU Partnerships Strategies, based on commonality and diversity in perception of Europe

Project consortium covers different European regions: Central, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern, and different Russian regions: Central, South, Siberia, Ural and Volga. The proposed research project brings together 7 European universities and research centers from France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, 7 institutions from Russian Federation and the Institute of Economy Research of Academy of Sciences of Moldova. It is founded on existing cooperation in the frame of international networks and associations of European Studies and will enhance the already active collaboration in the fields of European identity and cultural diversity. The establishment of this staff exchange program also promotes and strengthens the complementarity of the participants involved and boosts collaborative research activities.

The primary objective of this international and interdisciplinary group of research team is to establish an excellent center of synergy in research and knowledge transfer in the area of European studies. It is supposed to establish long lasting collaborations through exchange of people and realization of different activities, including meetings and workshops.