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2016-10-29 Spain: Provoking Pluralism: Collaboratively Creating and Experiencing Cultural and Religious Diversity in Europe (49 BCE – 1648 CE)


 

Provoking Pluralism: Collaboratively Creating and Experiencing Cultural and Religious Diversity in Europe (49 BCE – 1648 CE)



Description of the project offered: 
Provoking Pluralism is a collaborative experiential learning and research effort that engages Internet-connected European citizens and scholarly experts in virtually mapping and experiencing cultural and religious diversity during the late ancient, medieval, and early modern worlds. Virtual mapping, or creating, involves experts performing original historical and geographic research and analysis on specific cases of religious and cultural relations, as well as the general public participating in no-cost, abbreviated university courses on historical cases of European pluralism. Virtual experiencing captivates students through their participation in online 3D scenario-based games that experientially teach complex positive and negative, and most importantly, ambivalent cases of European co-existence and conflict. 

Provoking Pluralism is fundamentally about embracing religious, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity – in essence, differences – through careful examination and meaningful experiencing of Europe’s complex history. Across two millennia of European history there are an abundance of case studies that can be (1) mapped down to individual settlements and (2) harvested to educate the public about one central truth – that religious and cultural accommodation and co-existence has always been a difficult societal challenge.

The key components of our 5-year project include:

•The formation of expert interdisciplinary scholarly panels (historical and geographical, virtual and visualization, pedagogical and gaming) that hone our research agenda and process, guide decision-making, interact with the public via online forums and digital press, and conduct and publish novel research (Year 1). 

•The selection of ten geographic “pluralism sites” (specific towns or cities) across Europe (UK, Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, Germany, and five others) where specific case studies pertaining to religious and cultural difference can be crafted from original research. For example, for Spain we further develop our “Virtual Plasencia” site and develop a game relating to 15th century Jewish and Christian political and economic cooperation in the midst of a regional war among Christian nobles. (Year 1)

•The preparation of a series of no-cost Internet-delivered university courses (1 to 3 weeks) that are targeted to the general public and that (1) explore larger societal issues such as “accommodation”, “persecution”, “integration”, and “resistance”; (2) host respectful community discussions; and (3) facilitate the public’s participation in the Provoking Pluralism project. (Years 2-5)

•An expert and public-driven effort to collaboratively construct ten (10) virtual 3D “pluralism site” cities that are used communicate and experience the history of successful, failed, and unresolved cases of pluralism in European history. The public, or students in our free courses, will use easy-to-use 3D development tools to construct these virtual worlds. (Years 2 and 3)

•The expert development and deployment of an online gamespace that hosts our virtual “pluralism site” cities where the online public and students can continuously “play” as characters (avatars) in historically-based “pluralism” game scenarios that deliver experiential learning. These games, based on specific historical legal and social norms, will teach the public about how different European peoples experienced and responded to diversity. (Year 3, 4, and 5)

•The open-source publication and distribution of new scholarly research products and popular press articles, pedagogical and teaching materials, and a customizable gamespace engine for reuse by the public, other scholars, and students. (Year 5).
Project proposer:   Roger Louis Martinez-Davila (Spain)
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Education
Call for proposal title:  CALL: UNDERSTANDING EUROPE - PROMOTING THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC AND CULTURAL SPACE 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2016-2017


Description of the collaboration sought: 
We are seeking complementary skills to match our team below.

*Seeking history and geography collaborators for France, Italy, Central Europe, Eastern Europe and that are not located at a Spanish institution*

*Seeking additional visualization collaborators (virtual worlds, digital art) and that are not located at a Spanish institution*

*Seeking computer science collaborators for game design (Unity, etc), data integration, data management and that are not located at a Spanish institution*

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Project Director and Expertise
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Roger Louis Martinez-Davila, Ph.D., UC3M CONEX Marie Curie Fellow
Instituto Historiografía Julio Caro Baroja
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
-Medieval and early modern Europe history and archives
-Digital humanities (MOOCs, crowdsourcing, virtual worlds)

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Co-Principal Investigators and Expertise
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History/Geography
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Jaime Alvar Ezquerra, Ph.D., Catedrático de Historia Antigua
Instituto Historiografía Julio Caro Baroja
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
-Ancient and classical world

*Seeking history and geography collaborators for France, Italy, Central Europe, Eastern Europe and that are not located at a Spanish institution*

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Computer Science and Gaming
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Telmo Zarraonandia Ayo, Ph.D.
Departamento de Informatica
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
-Game Desing
-Mixed reality
-Educational systems
-Adaptive learning systems

Seeking computer science collaborators for game design (Unity, etc), data integration, data management and that are not located at a Spanish institution*

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Neuroscience and Visualization
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Victor Roger Schinazi, Ph.D.
Chair Cognitive Science
ETH-Zurich (Switzerland)
-Immersive 3D modeling and human navigation

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Visualization and Digital Art
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*Seeking additional visualization collaborators (virtual worlds, digital art) and that are not located at a Spanish institution* 
Expertise sought: Coordination. Cooperation, Information. Media, Education. Training, Social aspects, Information processing. Information systems, 
Roles sought: Project participant, Project coordinator, 
Organisation types sought: Education, Industry, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), Research, 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, 

Call for proposal specific information
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