An international collaborative project on European military history under the direction of Professor Oliver Janz at Freie Universität Berlin was approved for funding by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), the European network of research funders for the humanities. The research project entitled "Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarised Cultural Encounters, 1792–1920" is one of 18 projects selected from a total of 593 proposals submitted as part of the tender "Cultural Encounters." The project will start on October 1 and is being funded for three years with a total of one million euros. Researchers from Freie Universität will be working collaboratively with researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the universities of York and Swansea.
The German, British, and Irish historians will examine various case studies ranging from the Napoleonic Wars to World War II and together explore the cultural effects of contact between military personnel from Western states and the marginal areas of Europe and the Middle East. Oliver Janz's group will be working on a subproject dealing with German soldiers and the Ottoman Empire from 1835 to 1918. Plans are underway to present an online exhibition, which is to be compiled in cooperation with highly regarded museums and archives.