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Imagining the Rural in a Globalizing World

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Project "RURALIMAGINATIONS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2023-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 2˙000˙000.00


 Project objective

With globalization primarily considered an urban phenomenon, its impact on rural areas tends to be neglected. Tackling this blind spot is urgent as rural-urban divides persist and rural communities, notably in the 2016 Brexit vote and US election, claim their concerns about globalization’s effects are being ignored. RURALIMAGINATIONS focuses on the crucial role played by cultural imaginations in determining what aspects of contemporary rural life do and do not become visible nationally and globally, which, in turn, affects how the rural can be mobilized politically. Using a distinctive humanities approach, it examines prominent cultural imaginations of the rural in film, television and literature in the UK, US, Netherlands, China and South Africa, asking: 1) to what extent do these imaginations render globalization’s effects on the rural (in)visible? 2) what role do traditional rural genres and the feelings or desires they attach to the rural play in this making (in)visible? 3) how can new aesthetic repertoires highlighting the rural as a site of globalization and addressing rural-urban divides and inequalities be developed? The five subprojects conduct, in their national contexts, a narrative, visual and discursive analysis of post-2000 rural imaginations, guided by an innovative theoretical framework combining three concepts: the chronotope reveals what the imagined rural time-space renders visible and how it relates to urban and global time-space; spectrality gives access to what rural imaginations render invisible and to their haunting by traditional genres; and affect exposes how these imaginations attach feelings and desires to the rural, impacting its evaluation and political mobilization. The project synthesis compares the five contexts and examines how rural imaginations interact globally. Expert workshops in the national contexts forge collaborations between humanities scholars, social scientists and cultural producers to develop new rural imaginations.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Hanneke Stuit
The Carceral Idyll: Rural Retreats and Dreams of Order in the Colonies of Benevolence
published pages: , ISSN: 2506-7982, DOI:
Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 23 2020-03-11
2020 Emily Ng
Agrarian Labor as Technology of the Subject: The Dutch Colonies of Benevolence and the Maoist Sent-Down Movement
published pages: , ISSN: 2506-7982, DOI:
Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 23 2020-03-11
2019 Esther Peeren, Irina Souch
Romance in the cowshed: Challenging and reaffirming the rural idyll in the Dutch reality TV show Farmer Wants a Wife
published pages: 37-45, ISSN: 0743-0167, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.02.001
Journal of Rural Studies 67 2020-03-11
2020 Anke Bosma Tjalling Valdés Olmos
The Coloniality of Benevolence
published pages: , ISSN: 2506-7982, DOI:
Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 23 2020-03-11
2020 Esther Peeren
Enter through the Gift Shop: The Rural Pauper Colony of Veenhuizen as a Tourist Attraction
published pages: , ISSN: 2506-7982, DOI:
Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 23 2020-03-11
2019 Penn Tsz Ting Ip, Esther Peeren
Exploiting the distance between conflicting norms: Female rural-to-urban migrant workers in Shanghai negotiating stigma around singlehood and marriage
published pages: 665-683, ISSN: 1367-5494, DOI: 10.1177/1367549419847108
European Journal of Cultural Studies 22/5-6 2020-03-11
2020 Hanneke Stuit
Dutch Domestic Colonization: From Rural Idyll to Prison Museum
published pages: , ISSN: 2506-7982, DOI:
Collateral: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading 23 2020-03-11

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