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.

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Tuesday, 3 June 2008

General: 8th EMA Newsletter

8th EMA Newsletter

03 June 2008

Dear EMA members,

We are happy to present you the new edition of the EMA Newsletter updating you on the association's latest development. Much is going on these days:

The Erasmus Mundus Student Seminar and General Assembly will take place outside Brussels for the first time. The University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy, hosts the EMA General Assembly these days.
On this occasion Magazine Team will also present the winning picture of the first EMA photo competition.

EMA has its say on the new Erasmus Mundus II proposal. Steering Committee submitted a respective report to Mrs. Marielle de Sarnez, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013.

We happily provide you with the first results of the EMA Country Representatives Network initiative which has been under work during the last weeks.

We wish all of you a great start into the summer! Enjoy reading the new edition of the EMA Newsletter!


Erasmus Mundus Programme

European Higher Education

One Issue One Programme



EMA Country Representative Program – Results
We are pleased to release the list of the selected EMA Country Representatives, based on the applications received in response to a call in February 2008. [more]

RSS Feeds – An easy way to keep up-to-date with the latest on EMA website
RSS Feeds are a great way to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest online content of your interest. Many members might not be aware of this feature on our website, which can conveniently help them stay tuned with the EMA’s latest activities and events. We have tried to assemble a short article for those new to RSS feeds. [more]

2nd General Assembly in Perugia
The EMA is looking forward to holding its 2nd General Assembly on June 6-7 2008 in Perugia, Italy. [more]

EMA Chinese Chapter to help China earthquake victims
SICHUAN, southwest China is suffering a devastating earthquake disaster and its serious consequences from last week on 12th of May. EMA Chinese chapter members are doing their best trying to help, raising donation internally, help local authorities to collect donations and so on. [more]

EMA Steering Committee Meeting in Lund
Lund, in the south of Sweden, hosted the recent EMA Steering Committee (SC) meeting with a representative from the service provider from April 19th to the 20th. [more]

'Unity Star' wins the first EMA photo competition
When the online poll closed on the 15th of April Michelle Louise Mendoza from the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition was the winner. It was a tight race between the six finalist photos. [more]

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Erasmus Mundus Programme

EMA statement on Erasmus Mundus II
As the current version of the Erasmus Mundus programme runs from 2004-2009, the European Commission has drafted a proposal for the extension of the Erasmus Mundus programme, known as EMII. Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013, Mrs. Marielle de Sarnez, has invited the EMA to provide input to the EP report. [more]

EMA participates in the Erasmus Mundus National Structures informal meeting
The beautiful city of Vienna hosted for two days the 1st thematic Seminar Erasmus Mundus – Informal Meeting between the Erasmus Mundus National Structures. EMA was also invited to participate and was represented by Sonia Pinho from the Promotion Team. [more]

Erasmus Mundus Student as guest speaker in the European Parliament!
EMA member Bilal Aurang Zeb was invited to share his experiences and to present his ideas concerning the future role of the European Union in development policies. [more]

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European Higher Education

Study in Europe Website Officially Launched
On 6th May the brand new website Study in Europe was officially launched. Created in order to promote higher education and to facilitate the coming of students to Europe, the website brings details regarding study in thirty-two European countries. [more]

Mixing meetings, students and inter-cultural interaction at ESN's Annual General Meeting
EMA Promotions Team Coordinator, Jennifer Lenhart, recently attended the ESN AGM (Erasmus Students Network Annual General Meeting) in Besançon, France.[more]

Young Germany features Erasmus Mundus
The portal for career, education and lifestyle has recently published a feature on Erasmus Mundus on its website. [more]

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One Issue One Programme

The first EuMI Students Workshop
“European Master in Informatics” (EuMI) is an Erasmus Mundus Master Course accredited in 2004 and its consortium includes The University of Trento, Italy, The University of Edinburgh, UK, and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The first EuMI Student Workshop took place on April 4-5, 2008 in Trento, Italy. [more]

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General: Quick reference to Dissertation Report Guidelines

The Semester 2 Dissertation Report (10 ECTS) is an extended scholarly essay of approximately 10,000 words, reviewing the critical material available and outlining a first approach to the research topic to be addressed in the Masters Dissertation.


(i)       determination and evaluation of a corpus of primary material, together with a first effort of analysis designed to explore and demonstrate the potential of the subject ;

(ii)       bibliographical survey of secondary sources, analysing and evaluating all critical material to be used; 

(iii)     definition of perspectives of approach and methodology to be followed by the 30 ECTS Dissertation;

(iv)      delimitation of the subject and determination of title, together with a proposed plan – this latter being the recapitulative symbol of your work to date and the agenda for  your work to come.


You may, optionally, submit one specimen chapter, which you will be allowed to carry forward to the 30 ECTS dissertation. The Dissertation Report should be written up in an agreed format, complete with bibliography and other required attestations to gain the 10 ECTS credits.


The Dissertation Report should be

- In one of the languages of the Consortium

- Word-processed in 1.5 or double line spacing

- A4 paper (one side only)

- The left-hand margin should be at least 30mm.


On the cover

- Name of the author

- Names of the supervisors

- Title of the Dissertation Report

- The year and place of presentation


Order of elements

- Title page

- Table of contents

- Text of the Dissertation Report divided into chapters

- Bibliography


In English should follow the MHRA style book: notes for authors, editors and writers of theses, 4th ed., 1991, which may be consulted online (http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml).

Deadline – 20 August 2008

Extended Deadline – 20 October 2008

Deadline for extension requests – 20 July 2008

IMPORTANT: This is just a summary that I have compiled for my own use. I am posting it as an easy and quick reference only. Please *always* refer to the official Guidelines for complete and additional details.

St Andrews: A Workshop


A workshop.

Giovanni Gellera (UCSC, Milan)
'Aristotelianism in Pre-Enlightenment Aberdeen'

Alexander Broadie (Glasgow)
'Aristotle, Adam Smith, and Enlightenment Values'

Michael Gill (Arizona)
'From Cambridge Platonism to Scottish Sentimentalism'

Aaron Garrett (Boston University)
'Mind against Mechanism: Monboddo's Platonic Anti-Newtonianism'

Craig Smith (St Andrews) will chair a roundtable discussion


Department of Philosophy

Open toAll students
DateSaturday, 07 June 2008
Time10:00 AM

Department of Philosophy


For further information and to register, please contact James Harris: jah15@st-andrews.ac.uk 

For an extensive list of all June events related to the University of St Andrews, please click here.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Sheffield: Seminars

Seminar: The Implications of Knowledge Transfer for Universities: the Case of the Arts and Humanities
by Professor David Shepherd and Helen Parrott, University of Sheffield


Knowledge Transfer (KT) is an increasingly high-profile part of UK Government policy.  This interactive and exploratory seminar aims to explore whether KT is a uniquely UK concept. The seminar will begin with an introduction to Knowledge Transfer in the UK Higher Education context, with particular reference to the arts and humanities and the University of Sheffield experience.  Participants will be invited to discuss and feedback to the seminar on key questions, including:

How, if at all, is our version of Knowledge Transfer understood a) in your country, b) in your institution, c) by your subject area and d) by you? 

What are the implications of this understanding in an increasingly global world? 

When? Friday, 6 June
Where? The Conference Room, the Humanities Research Institute (See location map) at 2pm (UK, and will be connecting sites in Europe, China and the US by videoconference.

For more information on this seminar, click here.

For info on the whole series of seminars (Universities as Organisations: Looking Inwards, Looking Outwards), check here.

Sheffield: Private Accommodation

"Fully furnished house for 4 students to share, immaculate condition.

Large bedrooms.



Shared Bathroom.

Small garden with sitting area.

Close to university facilities with Tram and Bus stops next to house.

Close to large supermarket."

If anyone is interested, I have the owner's (Mrs Jania Davison) email address and phone numbers.

Hilda (in semester one) and now Kamna, Suwida, Mala and Mauricio are staying there, so you could also email them for questions about the house.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Perpignan: Soccer cancelled

Due to bad weather :(

Rescheduled to Thursday, 5 June at 7pm, same place.

Hope to see you all there!