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Institutionalisation of scientific networks and scholarly activities for the promotion of cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary approaches on nationalism in the Europe of small nations

English title Institutionalisation of scientific networks and scholarly activities for the promotion of cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary approaches on nationalism in the Europe of small nations
Applicant Weichlein Siegfried
Number 111056
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Seminar für Zeitgeschichte Universität Freiburg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.10.2005 - 30.06.2009
Approved amount 100'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
General history (without pre-and early history)
Swiss history

Keywords (6)

Network interaction between scholars/institutions; Curriculum development; Cross-cultural research environment; Educational exchange; interdisciplinary co-operation; Methodological and discursive transfer

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The aim of the SCOPES Program between the Seminar für Zeitgeschichte of the University of Fribourg and the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia is to facilitate network co-operation between scholars and institutions in order to promote cross-cultural research and develop a new curriculum in studying modern nationalism in the “small states” of Europe.Our aim is to further research networks and curriculum development (Ph.D.) in an innovative way, via activities such as the organization of international workshops, the exchange of scholars and faculty, the preparation of a new cross-cultural Ph.D. curriculum and the production of auxiliary materials and methodological back-up for studying and teaching national movements and ideologies. This shall lead to a new research infrastructure for carrying out cross-cultural projects, to innovative research, but also to educational reform with regard to the fields of nationalism incorporating non-mainstream European cultural experiences in pluri-cultural contexts. This experiment also anticipates the direction of inter-cultural course-building inherent in the logic of the Bologna process, aiming at creating transferable knowledge and inter-cultural course-materials corresponding to the needs of the trans-European mobility of students.The key elements of the co-operation are the following:•Workshops of international researchers linked to the Centre for AdvancedStudy and/or the Seminar für Zeitgeschichte of the University of Fribourg.•Exchange of scholars and faculty: Visits of scholars representing thetwo institutions to Fribourg and to Sofia - seminars, discussions, exchange of expertise, institutional networking.•Preparation of a new cross-cultural curriculum in studying nationalismin Europe.•Training sessions for junior scholars in view of preparing them to studyand teach along cross-cultural curricula.•Equipment: purchasing auxiliary technical equipment and researchmaterials such as a limited number of basic books not available in libraries in Southeast Europe, producing thematic and methodological “Readers”.•Auxiliary material production: web site development for therepresentation of the network, as platform for interaction and medium making educational materials and bibliographies available for the broader public.•Dissemination of the results and the acquired expertise: newsletter,annual series, collection of working papers stemming from the cooperation, cross-cultural curriculum on nationalism in Europe, together with annotated bibliographies on methodological and thematic issues in studying and teaching nationalism in East-Central and Southeast Europe.
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