Chiara de Cesari (European Studies), Helmer Helmers (Dutch Literature/History) and Eva van Lier (Linguistics) have been awarded a Vidi grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). With the grant, which is worth 800,000 euros per project, the three Humanities researchers will be able to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group over the next five years.
In total, eleven UvA researchers received a Vidi grant.
Many people think that art can change the world and reinvent our institutions in crisis. But is it so and how does it work? In this project, Chiara de Cesari will study how artistic practices provide a platform for institutional experimentation and innovation across and beyond Europe.
How do communication revolutions shape international relations? Helmer Helmers’ project adopts a historical approach to find new answers to this acute and topical question. Investigating diplomatic uses of the new medium of print between 1568 and 1713, it shows how new media in the past transformed European politics.
Language consists of general grammar rules applied to specific words. But every rule has its exceptions. In this project, Eva van Lier will investigate how speakers of various languages use their knowledge about such exceptions when constructing sentences.