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On the Way tothe Fluvial Anthroposphere (SPP 2361)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In March 2021, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme "On the Way to the Fluvial Anthroposphere" (SPP 2361). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.

The Priority Programme will investigate the pre-industrial floodplains in Central Europe and the fluvial societies that operated there. Floodplains are global hotspots of sensitive socio-environmental changes, exceptionally dynamic landscapes, and key areas of cultural and natural heritage. Due to their high land-use capacity and the simultaneous necessity of land reclamation and risk minimisation, societies have radically restructured Central European floodplains. This anthropogenic restructuring can be so significant that former floodplains are no longer recognisable as such. The question therefore arises as to whether or when it is justified to understand specific floodplains as a "Fluvial Anthroposphere" and which socio-ecological processes have been involved in their development.

The spatial focus of individual projects must be on the Elbe, Rhine, and Danube river systems, either one system, two systems or all three, in order to compare specific pathways of the gradual build-up of anthropogenic impacts on the floodplains as well as the development of interrelated fluvial societies. The strict spatial focus is on socio-natural sites in the floodplain itself with a focus on large to medium scale tributaries (2nd and 3rd order). In the first funding period (2022-2025), the focus will be on individual and comparative case studies. By the second funding period (2025-2028) at the latest, additional benefit should be created through increasingly comparative analyses of case studies, categorisations, and transferable models at intra- and inter-basin scales.

Projects must focus on the medieval and pre-industrial modern periods and be based upon the systematic overlay of historical, archaeological, and geoscientific data that entails the use of the methodological expertise of at least one discipline in the natural sciences and one in the humanities. However, supplementary earlier and later dimensions may complement the medieval and pre-industrial focus in order to identify and quantify anthropogenic changes and develop geoscientific parameters and their related Holocene boundary levels.

Please note: Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 1 March 2022 to submit a proposal under this call.

Contact at the DFG:
Dr. Christoph Kümmel
phone +49 228 885-2294

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