This blog was created as part of the Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme, which is the only one of the EU approved and funded Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to specialise in traditional humanities with a modern languages background. The Crossways Consortium comprises 6 top-class European universities.

For further information, please check the programme's official website and the universities' websites on the Useful Links section on the left. If you wish to have a specific question answered, please click on Email here and submit your query.

Mundus students, here you will find regular posts regarding the universities of the consortium, tips, activities, events, pictures, etc. Apart from checking it regularly to keep yourself up to date, a good way to use the blog is through the search device. We already have a significant amount of information on some universities of the consortium, so if you want to find information on a specific city, type its name in the search field (top left). You will then see all posts related to that specific city (because each post title contains the city's name in it). You can also type "General" in order to find information concerning everybody.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

General: MHRA

As all of you might know, the style guide to be used in our dissertation report and final dissertation is MHRA. 

I have just found a very useful online MHRA Tutorial, which seems much easier to follow than the guide itself. While the official guide should be our main source of reference, this seems like a helpful tool. Check it out!

Cardiff University's MHRA Referencing Tutorial (the FAQ section is particularly useful)
MHRA Official Website (pdf version of the guide available for download)

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Tübingen: Call for papers

      by Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hotz-Davies

       This page can also be accessed http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=165592

Call for Papers

Gender Forum: Off Centre: Eccentricity and Gender
Guest editors Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hotz-Davies (English Department)
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Gropper (Department for Scandinavian Studies)
University of Tübingen

For a special issue of gender forum, submissions addressing questions of gender and eccentricity are invited. 

The marginal, the liminal, the subordinate, the peripheral, the fringe: contemporary theories and practices of literary and cultural studies know many terms by which areas which appear outside a given or assumed centre – of social or political power, of normativity, of definition – may be named, discussed, given a voice. But these terms tend to be curiously static, describing fixed positions which appear, despite the turbulent and conflicted nature of these allocations, pre-given sites rather than options of choice, spaces for experimentation or techniques of interrogation. 

The editors of the proposed special issue of Gender Forum believe that one possible and as yet untested way of thinking about those not in the centre without allocating them a fixed location on the margin, a given identity, a clear location in a gird of social and cultural interactions would be an approach which focuses on the eccentric and its cognates, the singular, the odd, the “off”. We see eccentricity as a textual technique in the realm of literature and as a specific form of performativity in the field of human behaviours: a technique which is geared towards the establishment of positions outside a centre – a centre identified by the technique or performance itself. Its aims may be manifold: the revalidation of a marginal location as an individual choice, the interrogation of the centre from a position that is neither located elsewhere nor anticipated by the choices offered in a centre-periphery binarity, a questioning of the very dynamic of the centre and its outside. In every case, it will be a technique of self-positioning which seeks out, strains towards an option beyond the mutually constitutive locations of centre and periphery, centre and margin, power and subordination. 

As yet, the phenomena of the eccentric have been hardly investigated or researched and are only very sketchily theorized. Off Centre: Eccentricity and Gender seeks to remedy this by assembling a varied and multifaceted collection of contributions focusing on any area of literary and cultural production and / or contributing towards the development of theoretical tools for thinking the eccentric. Gender as one of the dominant techniques for the establishment, enforcing and policing of any set of ‘centric’ systems of value and signification is here a particularly suitable field of investigation as we seek to know if the interactions of the centre and its discontents may be thought as a field of eccentric techniques and performances. 

Possible areas of investigation: 
Theories of eccentricity
Gender performativity and eccentricity
The dynamics of the eccentric and its normalization
The commodification or containment of eccentricity
The odd, the singular, the specific as tools of theory and literary practice Eccentricity and resistance

Submission of 1 to 2-page proposals: 1 February 2009 Submission of finished papers: 1 July 2009 

Direct submissions to: ingrid.hotz-davies@uni-tuebingen.de and stefanie.gropper@uni-tuebingen.de 
gender forum 
Prof. Dr. Beate Neumeier (Editor) 
Universität zu Köln 
Englisches Seminar 
D-50923 Köln 

Tel. ++49-(0)221-470-3030 
Fax ++49-(0)221-470-6931 
Email: ingrid.hotz-davies@uni-tuebingen.de
Visit the website at http://www.genderforum.uni-koeln.de/

Perpignan: French visa (fee exemption)

I hope it is not too late, but I just found out scholarship holders are exempt from visa fees for France:

"No charge: the following citizens pay no application fees:

-  foreign members of a EU/EEA citizen’s family (amended decree of 11 March 1994);

-  foreign spouse of a French citizen (decree 98-839 of 18 September 1998);

-  to facilitate the movement of young people:

  • minors under 6 years of age ((European Union regulations);
  • primary and secondary school students abroad on school exchange programmes or taking part in a school journey or study programme (European Union regulations);
  • students and students in post-graduate studies taking part in a studies-related journey or study programme (European Union regulations);
  • French government scholars;
  • Recipients of scholarships and grants from foreign governments and foreign foundations and beneficiaries of Community programmes;
  • Citizens of CIS countries who are under 25 years of age;
  • Beneficiaries of the French-Canadian Youth Exchanges Agreement of 3 October 2003 (decree 2004-200 of 2 March 2004);"

Many people (including consulate authorities) are not aware of this rule, so make sure you point this out at your visa appointment.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

St Andrews from the cathedral's roof

GM: Day three - St Andrews on St Andrews Day

We were lucky enough to be in St Andrews on St Andrews Day, which means that all city sights were free of charge and there were lots of attractions in the afternoon. A lovely town.

Left to right/top to bottom: Michael, Julie, Lisda, Lorenza, Poonam, Anna, Marina, Ana, Krisha

View from the roof of the cathedral

Sheffield: Arts Tower

The following video, showing the Arts Tower (comprising Humanities and Arts departments, soon to be vacated) in Sheffield, was shown on the second day of the General Meeting.

Producers: Lorenza Tiberi and Roberta Gregoli

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Sheffield: Information Commons

The following video, showing the Information Commons (the main library at Sheffield University), was shown on the second day of the General Meeting.

Producers: Lorenza Tiberi and Roberta Gregoli

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

GM St Andrews: Day two - Seminars

General Meeting, Friday 28 November 2008

Day two was devoted to sharing our research projects and other interesting topics. Here is a list of the speakers and their presentations.

Roberta Gregoli

Audience responses to City of God and Elite Squad: A cross-national project

Anuradha Choudry

Psyche: East and West - Problems of identity

Paul Amanze Anumudu

Philosophy as related to Crossways in European humanities

Natalya Bichurina

European regional identities

Alessandra Gallerano

European identity in the making: The case of Lisbon and Liverpool as European capitals of culture

Poonam Mohan Ganglani

The Lord Chamberlain, Lady Chatterley, and London

Ana Sofia Guerreiro

Issues of cultural identity in high school exchange students

Michael Frederick Hofmeyr

The Great and Illustrious History of Tunnock's Tea Cakes and Caramel Wafers

Karen Huxham

The history of Wonder Woman

Li Jing

The different thought patterns of Chinese and westerns as seen in both languages

Krisha Kinnersley

Representations of Paris in Latin and North American literature

Elisa Massari

Information in Italy

Delphine Maurel

Advertising tourism: the role of translation

Joseline Vega Osorio


Lorenza Tiberi

Culture shock among European students abroad

Antonio G. Viselli

L'Italie déguisée de Tristan Corbière

Julie Xech

Life in Perpignan

Roberta Gregoli

Mundus in Brazil: An example on how to promote Erasmus Mundus in your country

Thanks to all participants!

Monday, 8 December 2008

GM St Andrews: Day one - Dinner

Pictures kindly provided by Michael Hofmeyr and Poonam Ganglani

General Meeting, Friday 28 November 2008

In the evening, we enjoyed some great, home-made food by Crossways students who are now living in St Andrews at the lovely The Couch.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

GM St Andrews: Day one - Meeting

Pictures kindly provided by Michael Hofmeyr and Poonam Ganglani

General Meeting, Friday 28 November 2008

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to discussing Crossways-related issues.

GM St Andrews: Day one - Lunch & Photo Exhibition

Pictures kindly provided by Poonam Ganglani and Michael Hofmeyr

General Meeting, Friday 28 November 2008

The General Meeting's first day was very busy but fun! The University of St Andrews offered a nice buffet lunch where we got to meet everybody, colleagues and professors. 

Thanks to Alessandra Gallerano's efforts in the organisation of the Photo Exhibition, everybody could have a glimpse of all cities of the consortium through the more than 100 pictures provided by Crossways students from all over.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Perpignan: Pre-GM Meeting

The Perpignan pre-GM meeting was held on Saturday 25 October, convened by Poonam Ganglani and Maria Matchain. There were present Inesa Sahakyan (alumna), Maria Matchain (alumna), Antonio Viselli, Sharad Baviskar, Kone Tenon, Joseline Vega, Poonam Ganglani, Tessa Lamb, Junia Mortimer, Brendon Wocke, and James Bray. The topics covered included Arrival in Perpignan, Accommodation, Academic (and related) Matters, and Administrative Support.

Monday, 10 November 2008

General: Reminder phone conference

This is just a reminder that our next phone conference will occur next Wednesday at 7pm (London time). I suggest that we talk about the General Meeting (Seminars, videos, dinner, etc). Please send me your suggestions for our agenda.

If you'd like to participate, it would be great if you could add Skype and send an email confirming your presence in advance.

Cheers and talk to you soon!

Friday, 7 November 2008

Tübingen: Pre-GM meeting (faces to names)

The pre-GM meeting in Tübingen was held last Wednesday, convened by Lisda Liyanti. Here's a picture of them, sent by Lisda.

From left to right: Jutta, Lisda and Nataliya.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

St Andrews and Bergamo: Applying for the Italian visa from Scotland

     by Delphine Maurel

The Edinburgh Visa section receives visa application only by appointments (appointments can be requested through our webpage: www.consedimburgo.esteri.it). 

Please note that visa applications should be submited not earlier than three (3) months from the date of departure.
The documentation you are required to bring along - once given your appointment - is as follows:

1) completed application form (download from www.consedimburgo.esteri.it);
2) one passport photograph;
3) letter from St. Andrews University confirming your registration with them;
4) confirmation letetr of acceptance from Bergamo University detailing course dates, accommodation, etc.
5) application for an Italian 'Codice Fiscale' (Fiscal Code) duly completed - do indicate your home address in your Country of origin - and signed (download from www.consedimburgo.esteri.it).
6) recent bank statements (these must show your name, address if possible, as well as account details and balance) and/or proof of scholarship;
7) flight bookings (internet bookings are accepted);
8) full insurance cover.
9) Photocopy of passport (main details page and UK visa page);
10) Photocopies of ALL supporting documents
11) Pre-paid special delivery envelope (obtainable at the post office) if you wish your passport to be returned to you by post.

Study Visas are issued FREE OF CHARGE and the processing time may vary according to the nationality of the applicant.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Tübingen: Studium Generale programme

       by Ingrid Hotz-Davies

Here is a link to one of this term's lecture cycles in the Tübingen Studium Generale programme. I know you won't be able to come but check it out anyway, in case you're interested in 'boundary' questions:

Grenzüberschreitung - Grenzverletzung

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

General Meeting: Videos

Another way to participate in the meeting is to make a short video of the city where you are! It doesn't have to be a professional video, just something interesting you can do with your digital camera. You choose the theme!

If you're keen, please email me that I can send you the address where the CDs should be posted to.

General Meeting: Next steps

In order to continue with the arrangements for the meeting, it is very important that all participants contact me with the following details:

- Report or topic list on the pre-meeting sessions held in each city. Delegates, please contact me as soon as possible;
- Title of your project and time needed for presentation;
- Title and time needed for the seminars. If anyone is keen on participating, there's still time! 

General: 10th EMA Newsletter

10th EMA Newsletter

15 October 2008

Dear EMA members,

We are glad to present the 10th EMA newsletter to keep you informed about EMA's current and upcoming activities.

With the beginning of the new academic year we are also happy to welcome new EMA members!

There is an important announcement on the Call for Expression of Interest for the position of EMA Vice President, as well as information from the European Commission on the future of Erasmus Mundus included in this newsletter.

The Master Course featuring in "One Issue - One Programme" is Euroculture.

Enjoy reading this newsletter issue!



Erasmus Mundus Programme

European Higher Education

One Issue One Programme



Call for Interest in the Position of EMA Vice President
The Steering Committee of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association (EMA) would like to invite all interested EMA members to apply to the position of Vice President of the EMA. [more]

EMA Steering Committee meeting in Rotterdam
The EMA Steering Committee (SC) will hold its next meeting on 18-19 October in Rotterdam, hosted by EMA President. [more]

First EMA Thematic Conference was a success
Aveiro, one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities, had the honour to host the 1st Erasmus Mundus Materials conference organised by the European Masters in Material Science (EMMS) student's wing on (3- 5 September 2008). [more]

Deadline for the next edition of Emanate is getting closer 
Are you keen on having your article or photo published in the next edition of the EMA member magazine? Then cross the deadline November 1st in your calendar.[more]

EMA LA Chapter releases promo flyers
The EMA Latin American Chapter has been launched in 2008 and aims to provide services for Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni from Latin American countries. Under the umbrella of EMA, the Latin American Chapter is targeting more than 250 EMA members from Mexico to Chile. [more]

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Erasmus Mundus Programme

23 new courses join the EM programme 
With the beginning of the academic year 2008/09, 23 new Erasmus Mundus Master Courses have started across Europe. [more]

Erasmus Mundus II 2009-2013
After its adoption by the Commission in July 2007 and the Council's agreement on a "general approach" in November 2007, the Commission's proposal for the second phase of the Erasmus Mundus Programme (2009-2013) has been examined by the European Parliament during the first semester of 2008 under the lead of the Culture Committee. [more]

1st European Day in Turin
The EM students currently living in Northwestern Italy are invited to take part in the European Day workshop on 30 October in Turin. [more]

EC Delegation to Australia publishes Erasmus Mundus brochure
The European Commission's Delegation to Australia in Canberra has just published a comprehensive brochure on Erasmus Mundus, in particular on the outcome of the recent selection. [more]

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European Higher Education

Careers in Europe Brussels Event
Meet the people that can build your international career. Careers in Europe holds a unique, invitation-only event at which top international employers meet and interview the very best graduates and early-career professionals for a wide variety of positions throughout Europe. [more]

European Day of Languages in Belgrade
European Day of Languages, proclaimed at the initiative of the Council of Europe draws people’s attention to the specifics of languages in Europe. AEGEE Beograd and Students' union of Serbia invite you to participate in seminar "European Day of Languages 2008 - Gender balance in Slavic languages", taking place on 12-18.11.2008. [more]

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One Issue One Programme

EUROCULTURE – Europe in the Wider World
The EMA Internal Communications Team regularly offers a platform to introduce individual EM courses and their alumni association and share stories on the website and in the EMA Newsletter.
This time, we thank Nadia Ptaschenko for contributing an article about Euroculture Master Programme. [more]