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COST Action:Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH)

Action IS1003 - International Law Between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation: the role of law in the post-national constellation

Description: International law faces several structural changes: from the advent of asymmetric wars, the war on terror, the resurrection of targeted killings, piracy to the degradation of the global environment or the challenges posed by the global economic crisis. These challenges escape the constitutive confines of the state system and require new answers. The current literature treats fragmentation, politicization and constitutionalisation as separate or opposite trends in the international legal order. This Action takes as a vantage point that they have to be thought together as dimensions of a more fundamental systemic change. This Action therefore brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to analyze this complex relationship and assess the changing structure of the legal system.

Management Committee Member:Prof.ª Doutora Maria Manuela Magalhães

Financial impact of the action - 64 milhões de euros


Action IS1307 - New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter

Description: Scholars presently exploring ‘how matter comes to matter’ call themselves new or neo-materialists. They do radically interdisciplinary research based on the conviction that the current economic, ecological and political crises as well as technological advances and everyday practices do not allow a conception of ‘matter’ as (an) object(s) that could be captured along traditional disciplinary lines. Stock market crashes, earthquakes and the increasing complexification of political and social systems (and their breakdowns) demonstrate active interventions of materials previously regarded mute or socially constructed. Meaning-making (‘to matter’) does not occur only in the linguistic frameworks academic research applies to phenomena and crises in a retrograde move. The current European new materialist scene is vibrant but remains largely dispersed compared to the U.S.A., which dominates discussions at the moment. This Action wants to network European new materialisms: how do they look, and what can they innovate?

Management Committee Member:Prof. Doutor José Caramelo Gomes

Financial impact of the action - 60 milhões de euros


Action IS1311 -Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe (INTERFASOL)

Description: Societies are urgently required to develop mechanisms, programmes and policies that will foster and nurture solidarity between the young, middle and older generations. Although there is growing activism in this field, our understanding of the benefits gained by different generations from the same family in distinct settings, such as in education, work, health and human development, is disaggregated and understudied and requires an interdisciplinary knowledge interchange and coordination between European countries. This Action will synchronize, integrate and improve European research in the field of intergenerational family solidarity, its benefits in key life domains and the ways in which it can be strengthened across generations. The knowledge exchange will improve the interdisciplinary communication between researchers from different countries to advance research in the field, and will promote exchange between research, practice and policies. The Action will launch a series of activities that includes an Action website, workgroups, scientific meetings, training visits and publications.

Management Committee Member:Prof.ª Doutora Maria João Mimoso

Financial impact of the action - 80 milhões de euros

Action CA17119 - EU Foreign Policy Facing New Realities: Perceptions, Contestation, Communication and Relations

Description: EU foreign policy experiences unprecedented turbulences that put key achievements of the European integration project at risk. Externally, the EU’s global environment is characterized by the reconfiguration of power, growing divisions, and the contestation of established liberal order. Simultaneously, the EU’s neighbourhood is increasingly conflict prone and instable, triggering migration flows and the proliferation of illiberal values. ‘Domestically’, the EU faces severe internal conflicts, marked by austerity, Brexit, growing nationalism, populism and new protectionism.

The Action ENTER aims to improve our understanding of central properties of EU foreign policy in light of these new realities, focusing on perceptions, communication, contestation. In today’s world, the success of EU foreign policy depends on the EU’s ability to instantaneously respond to stimuli and pressures originating from both the international and the intra-EU levels. Linking internal and external policy dynamics, the Action has a strong potential for breakthrough scientific developments. A central objective of the action is to derive theoretically informed, policy relevant advice for the EU's strategic approach to its international relations, its communication, and for dealing with the interaction between internal and external challenges. It will generate a step change in how the new realities of EU foreign policy are theorized and addressed. This will be achieved by establishing multi-national, multidisciplinary collaborations at the nexus of policy fields and research communities that have not sufficiently communicated in the past. Substantive efforts to bridge between the “academic-practitioner divide” are made, to synthesize knowledge, facilitate shared understandings, and inform EU foreign policy.

Committee MemberProf.ª Doutora Daniela Serra Castilhos

Financial impact of the action - 64 milhões de euros

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