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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Friday, 30 January 2009

Bergamo: "Etnografia e ricerca sociale" - Call for papers

Terzo Workshop
"Etnografia e ricerca sociale"

25-27 giugno 2009
Dipartimento di Scienze dei linguaggi, della comunicazione e degli studi culturali
piazza Rosate 2 - Bergamo

per informazioni e contatti: workshop.etnografia@unibg.it

Call for papers (deadline 9 March 2009) - click here.

Source: University of Bergamo official website.

Sheffield: New Arts and Humanities Building

Sheffield's £21.2 million investment in Arts and Humanities

A striking new building, which represents a multi-million pound investment in Arts and Humanities by the University of Sheffield, has been completed this week. The £21.2 million landmark development, which sits on the west corner of the former Jessop Hospital for Women site, will provide leading facilities for the University´s Department of History, School of English and the School of Modern Languages and Linguistics (SOMLAL).

Source: Sheffield University website. To read the whole article, click here.

To watch a video of the Arts Tower, the old Arts and Humanities building, click here.

Lisbon: European and the making of 'the common' - Call for papers

Lisbon, 7th-8th May 2009
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Keynote speaker: Lynn Dobson(University of Edinburgh)
Deadline for abstract submission 15th March 2009


The constitution of the European Union as a political body, rather than as a depoliticized space of self-contained states, depends on the creation of a collective bond among individuals assembled around a determinate set of shared political values and ends. The possibility of a European demos requires thus the definition of a sensus communis at the supranational level to legitimize the rule of the communitarian institutions and constitute Europe as an intersubjective "community of destiny" able to permeate the borders of the nation-state.

The conceptualization of this European common space requires clarification as to which values ought to orient European practice towards its citizens, and in particular whether EU institutions should "pedagogically" favour certain conceptions of the good or, conversely, refrain from adopting (and imposing) some form of ethical conception or social model regarded as the most suitable. At stake is the creation of a collective European identity and the choice in terms of values that this involves. In terms of political theory the debate about the ideational foundation of European values leads us generally to the theoretical debate between perfectionists and anti-perfectionists. It also raises more specific theoretical questions: for example, how to characterise the constitution of the European Union within the terms of Rawlsian theory: might it be established in the light of the principles of justice for a domestic society presented in "A Theory of Justice", or must we turn to the framework for a confederation of liberal peoples found in "The Law of Peoples"?

Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna 26-C
1069-061 Lisboa

From the Universidade Nova de Lisboa official website (check it here).

St Andrews: Watercolour Workshop

Recording Scotland: Watercolour Workshop

This event requires that you pre-register or buy tickets.

DescriptionFollowing on from the success of last year's event, artist Sophie McKay Knight returns to lead a hands-on, experimental workshop designed to explore accidental and creative watercolour mark-making. The course is designed for young people and adults of all skill levels - the only thing you need to bring is your imagination!
PresenterMuseum Collections
Open toAll staff and students, Alumni, Parents/guardians, Prospective students, Public
DateSaturday, 21 February 2009
Time2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WhereGateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST
ContactLaura Paterson  ljp3@st-andrews.ac.uk
More infoEvent is FREE, but advance booking is recommended as there is limited availability. Contact the Learning and Access Team on 01334 461663 / 462396 or at ljp3@st-andrews.ac.uk to book a space.
For the official St Andrews website, click here.

St Andrews: Seminar Venomous Women

Venomous Women: Poison Murderesses in Nineteenth-Century Germany

DescriptionGerman Department Research Seminar / McKechnie Ferguson Lecture
PresenterProf. Susanne Kord (University College London)
Open toAll staff and students
DateThursday, 19 February 2009
Time5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
WhereBuchanan Building, room 216
ContactDr Michael Gratzke  mg43@st-andrews.ac.uk
For the official St Andrews website, click here.

St Andrews: Seminar on Referencing

Don't get it wrong: Academic Misconduct - the policy, the penalties and how to avoid it

This event requires that you pre-register or buy tickets.

DescriptionThis course examines the University's Academic Misconduct Policy and explores the issues and penalties and how they may impact on Degree classifications. The course also covers how to cite and reference authors' works appropriately - outlining good practice, which in turn, helps to avoid plagiarism as defined in the University Academic Misconduct Policy.
PresenterJune Knowles, Learning Support Consultant, SALTIRE
Open toAll students
DateWednesday, 18 February 2009
Time2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WhereCommittee Room (top floor, Students' Association)
ContactRos Campbell  learning@st-andrews.ac.uk
For the official St Andrews website, click here.