This Research Environment makes the historical experience of separation in East Asia and Europe its focus, thereby re-examining our connected past. Understanding separation helps us to analyse intensely human experiences of belonging and its opposites, isolation, loneliness and withdrawal. Over the last two years, we have all faced unexpected experiences of separation as nations, communities and individuals deal with the global pandemic. Simultaneously, such separation has encouraged or even required new forms of communication, that in turn have shaped how separation has been experienced. As urgent attention is paid to the health and well-being challenges arising from modern experiences of separation, we argue that the ways experiences of separation are communicated are grounded in particular social, cultural and political contexts through time; that is, experiences of separation have a history.

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This research environment aims to identify the specificities of early modern communicated experiences of separation in East Asia and Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in order to gender and nuance (im)mobility in the early modern world.




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