27 August - LGI Open Meeting: Planning for 2015-2018

In the next phase of Leiden Global Interactions, we will build on our most successful initiatives from the last few years (GLASS and the Gravensteen Lectures) and will launch a new ambitious ‘Breed Grants’ program aimed to support Leiden-based cross-disciplinary research. Since our aim is to broaden the LGI network across Leiden, we will host an open meeting in order to present our plans for the next four years and get input and feedback about desirable topics for LGI grants and events from the Leiden academic community.

Date, Time and Venue
27 August 2014
Lipsius 227

Faculty Club Brasserie

Have an idea for a breed or seed grant? Sign up to give your ‘elevator pitch’ at the open meeting!

We want to hear your ideas. How does your research contribute to one of the themes listed below or another ‘global interactions’ approach? How would it benefit from collaborating with other scholars from a different discipline? Given the launch of our new grants program (see below), we are looking for fresh, innovative ideas from Leiden researchers. Come give your 3-to-5-minute pitch at the open meeting!

Presentations will be limited to 3-5 minutes, so please prepare accordingly.

Please sign up here by August 25th.

New Research Themes

Our early efforts to stimulate multidisciplinary research on the global dynamics of migration and heritage have resulted in three vibrant cross-faculty research themes that encompass various projects:

• Material Agency (see Globalization, Materiality and the Transference of Cultures; Material Agency Forum-MAF)

• Heritage and Responsibility (see Heritage and Rights of Indigenous Peoples; From Corporate Paternalism to Corporate Social Responsibility: Mining, History and Heritage)

• Networks and Beyond (see Guiding Travelers; Nexus 1492 (ERC Synergy Grant, C. Hofman), Dynamics of Diversity NWO Gravitation proposals (2012, 2013)

These themes are meant to resonate widely with various research topics that generally demand cross-disciplinary attention. The projects listed above represent only a limited range of possibilities. For instance, material agency is not limited to objects, but is also a productive analytic for studying natural disasters, infrastructures, archives or nervous systems; heritage and responsibility encompasses not only established and emerging heritage constructs, but also their historical and moral underpinnings and imagined futures; networks provided a fertile analytic for studying systems and ecologies (both natural and social), but also for destabilizing  centric approaches to globalizing phenomena such as empire, migration, development/aid, or the market, as well as understanding co-dependencies and frictions between different systems.

From Seed Grants to Breed Grants

Using the LGI themes and Horizon 2020/ERC schemes as guiding frames, we will become more proactive in encouraging and supporting promising scholars and projects through two main programs: Breed grants and Seed grants.

Seed Grants
We will continue a slightly adapted seed grant program that will allow researchers to build partnerships within and beyond Leiden in a more focused way, and also to provide funds for innovative cross-disciplinary teaching support.

Collaborative Research Breed Grants
A new flexible scheme of ‘breed’ grants will focus on supporting mini ‘sabbaticals’, that are tailored to support researchers in writing grant proposals have a global, comparative or connective approach as a primary component in their research. Possibilities for support include: teaching relief for 0.5 to 1.0 term, teaching assistants, funding for international visiting scholars, and expert meetings and workshops.

Provisions for grants:
• projects must involve researchers from at least two different disciplines or regional specializations, or have an explicitly ‘global’ approach (e.g., comparative or connective methodology, multi-sited\ethnography) or theoretical framework
• collaborations should follow an ‘advanced study’ model, with grantees and international guests actively participating in LGI’s programming

Expected Results (will vary depending on length, budget, and nature of grant):
• a grant proposal: working draft for those in early stages, submission to granting agency within the same year for those who already have a well-developed idea and network
• produce a peer-reviewed article in an international journal

Early-Career Breed Grants: LGI Postdocs (0.6 fte)
Aiming at attracting and developing young talent, we propose to put out an international call for postdoc positions. These short-term positions will be aimed at giving time to promising junior researchers to focus exclusively on writing up a grant proposal. As we seek to support only the most competitive proposals, postdocs may not be awarded every term. A condition of the postdoc is that if grant application is successful, the candidate will agree to be based at Leiden (pending agreement with the relevant institute and faculty). Postdoc lengths would range from 6 to 12 months and candidates must already have a well-developed idea/research proposal that relates to the core LGI themes.

VENI Level: applicants should have one or two peer-reviewed publications at the time of application

VIDI/ERC Starting Grant Level: applicants should have an established publication record at the time of application

Provisions for grants:
• grantees must participate in other LGI activities and produce a public presentation of their work (lecture, blog article, etc.)

Expected results:
• a grant proposal draft ready for submission within 3-6 months of the postdoc end date
• one peer-reviewed publication (12 month postdocs)

Please join us at the open meeting to find out more information about the new LGI grant schemes, research themes, and other initiatives.

LGI Coordinators:
Prof.dr. Peter Pels (Meeting Chair)
Prof.dr. Leo Lucassen (outgoing)
Prof.dr. Manon van der Heijden (incoming)
Prof.dr. Caroline van Eck
Prof.dr. Maarten Jansen
Prof.dr. Petra Sijpesteijn
Dr. Carolyn Nakamura

Last Modified: 20-08-2014