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Linguistic cultures and communities in Europe (past and present)

Train in the retrieval and discover data relating to the linguistic culture in Europe!

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
21 October 2022 - 13 January 2023

The aim of the course is to encourage research in the linguistic cultures of the geographical areas of the 6 participating universities with a view to achieve:

  • Appreciation of how language shapes identity and culture
  • Knowledge of how languages live and are shaped within different geographic spaces
  • Experience in fieldwork research methods
  • Outreach to the general public

Students will also participate in building the collections and devising displays for Eurotales, our Museum Lab of the Voices of Europe inaugurated in July 2022 at Sapienza which is our ‘outlet’ for involving also the general public in our research and in the dissemination of its results.

Main topics addressed

  • Language and communities
  • Linguistic biographies (past and present)
  • Linguistic memories in objects and landscapes

Learning outcomes

  • Appreciation of how language shapes identity and culture
  • Knowledge of how languages live and are shaped within different geographic spaces
  • Fieldwork research methods experience
  • Presenting academic knowledge to the public (outreach)
  • Planning and creating museum dispalys on language topics 
Dates: 21 October 2022 - 13 January 2023 Total workload: 100
Format: Blended ECTS: 4
Location: Rome, Italy Language: English, Italian

ECTS recognition depends on your home university.

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 21 October to 16 December 2022 (2 hours per week).

  1. Introduction and scope of Eurotales project and Museum - Language, community and place - Linguistic biographies and linguistic genealogies - Traces and migration 
  2. Field and research methods in sociolinguistics and history for Traces and 
  3. Resonances (linguistic biographies)  Workshop (in teams). 
  4. Traces (language traces in monuments and landscape Workshop (in teams).
  5. Visit by Rome staff to partner universities for hybrid seminars 
  6. Representing resonances and traces to the public 
  7. Review of draft work - traces student presentations
  8. Trace itineraries 
  9. Final presentations by students 
  10. Preparation for in-person work in Rome (20 hrs)  

All virtual lectures will be held on a Friday at 14:00 starting on 21 October 2022 until 16 December 2022.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will take place from 9 to 13 January 2023.

Students will come to Rome for 5 days and will engage in 4 hours of activities per day (20 hours).

The activities will comprise:

  • Discussion and presentation of the work students did at their home university (Resonances, Traces)
  • Visit to the Eurotales museum and itineraries to explore the Traces in Rome
  • Seminars on migration and transits and their bearing on the linguistic culture in Europe
  • Interviews with multilingual communities in Rome
  • Conversations with writers and media personalities about language culture in Europe


This course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students at CIVIS member universities. Applicants should have an interest in languages and social studies.

Application process

Interested students should fill in the online application form by 30 September 2022, including a motivation letter and their level of English.

The evaluation criteria are the following:

  • Genuine interest in the project
  • Research interest in language and/or museum studies
  • Good knowledge of English and at least 1 other foreign language
  • Computer literacy

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The evaluation will be carried out by the 5 contact people at participating institutions and will consist of an assessment of the project submitted by participating students. 

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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  • Dr. Irene Baldriga, museologist and Art Historian, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Prof. Nadia Cannata, Professor in Italian Linguistics, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Prof. Simone Celani, Professor in Portuguese Language and Literature, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Prof. Maia W. Gahtan, Museologist and Art Historian, Kent State University, Florence
  • Prof. Margaret Sonmez, Medieval and Modern English, METU, Ankara
  • Dr. Martine Van Geertruijden, French Language and Translation Studies, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Dr. Gaia Tomazzoli, Italian Linguistics, Sapienza Università di Roma