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Balázs Apor from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies has been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant by the European Commission as a key partner in a new research project entitled COURAGE. The project which was launched on the 1st of February has been awarded in total 2.5 million Euros and consists of an international consortium of 12 academic institutions coordinated by the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Other international partners involved in this extensive project include the University of Oxford in the UK and The Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany.

COURAGE (Cultural Opposition: Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries) aims to create the first digital database of both online and offline private and public collections in Europe which testify to the survival of various forms of cultural opposition in the former socialist countries of East-Central Europe from the rise of communist regimes in the region to the fall of the Iron Curtain. These collections will then be assessed in terms of their role in shaping of political cultures in Eastern Europe after the collapse of Communist regimes. The online database will be complemented by a handbook, online and offline exhibitions, teaching material, as well as policy recommendations.

Dr Apor will act as national task manager for the duration of the project, with Trinity’s Russian Department representing Ireland. The research team supervised by Dr Apor will explore collections of cultural opposition to Soviet rule in the Ukraine, and in countries with a significant Ukrainian minority.

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