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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Monday, 19 October 2009

More electronic

Poonam Ganglani recently attended a Research Methodology workshop and sent some interesting research links featured below. While these may interest students that are doing their theses in French or dealing with french texts, they may nevertheless be of use to other students. All of the sites, except the last, have English and Spanish interfaces and are reasonably user friendly. They are specifically related to theses and so may be most useful in checking whether a given topic has already been treated, and in which was it was dealt with.





Café Philo Lisbon

Lorena Tiberi has just informed me of a wonderful initiative that the Crossways group in Lisbon is putting together - its essentially a Café Philo, a reading group and discussion group that is interested in taking, as a point of departure, extracts from a willing Crossways student's dissertation report or dissertation itself. The student would essentially offer their text, high-lighting perhaps the most important sections and then this text would form the basis of a round table discussion among the Crossways team and other interested students and academics in Lisbon. Needless to say this is a very interesting opportunity to gain both greater expousure and to also be able to respond to critisisms levelled at the work so as to improve it ahead of submission or publication.

The students who offer their work are not excluded from participation, and while physically going to lisbon may be a little far, Lorenza has suggested the use of Skype as a medium that would allow the student in question to take part no matter where they are within the Crossways consortium. Furthermore this initiative has implications for both the virtual symposium and the initiative by Roberta, to present more student research online. One could imagine that a podcast or video cast of the proceedings be linked online, or the participation of any number of students via a skype group call, these suggestions are not without technical difficulties, but are not insurmountable. Any thoughts, suggestions or volunteers would be most welcome in the comments suggestion below.