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Linguistic cultures and communities in Europe (past and present). Building the EUROTALES museum.

Take part in building the EUROTALES museum, which is designed to research and reveal the archaeology of languages stratified in the territory, traditions and people of Europe

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • PhD
  • PhD candidates/students
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Environmental sciences, Urbanism, Geography
Type
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
4 October 2024 - 17 January 2025
Apply by
28 April 2024 Apply now

The scope of the collaborative project is to contribute to EUROTALES, our Museum of the Voices of Europe. EUROTALES gathers research data with the active collaboration of staff, students and the general public. It has the ambition of establishing new approaches to researching, representing and studying, as well as sharing the intangible cultural heritage constituted by the many languages used in Europe in the past and today. Our collective aim is to reveal the archaeology of languages stratified in our personal histories, territories and traditions, with a view to understand the changes that have occurred over time and place as well as in social and political history.

Main topics addressed

  • Scope of Eurotales Project and Museum - Language, Community and Place
  • EUROTALES Museum Laboratory Concept and Collections
  • Field and Research Methods in sociolinguistics and historical sociolinguistics
  • Inscriptions, Primary Sources and Bibliographies
  • Collecting bibliography and images
  • Guiding discussion between students of their research projects

Learning outcomes

• Appreciation of the multicultural and multilayered nature of linguistic history within European territory

• Recognition of multilingualism and multiculturalism in communities and nations

• Insight on how language shapes history, identity and culture

• Knowledge of how languages live and are shaped within different geographic spaces

• Retrieval of linguistic genealogies within individuals, past and present

• Retrieval of the memory of languages in objects and places

• Investigation of the linguistic dimension of cultural heritage

• Fieldwork research methods experience

• Presenting academic knowledge to the public (outreach)

The evaluation will be carried out by the coordinators participating institutions and will consist of an assessment of the work submitted by students.

 

Dates: 4 October 2024 - 17 January 2025 Total workload: 181 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 6*
Location: Rome Language: English (B2)
Contact: nadia.cannata@uniroma1.it  

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility section of the course will be running from 13 to 17 January 2025. Selected students will arrive in Rome and participate in seminars and itineraries (20 hrs). The programme of the physical component of the course includes:

  • Discussion and presentation of the work students submitted
  • Visit to the EUROTALES museum
  • Seminar with curators from another European Language Museum
  • Visit to sites echoing the languages in Medieval, Renaissance and contemporary Rome Multilingual Theatre Lab
  • Music concert

Virtual part

Throughout the virtual part, the classes will be held from 4 October 2024 to 20 December 2024. The programme of the virtual component of the course merged as follows:

  • 04 October, 15.00 - 17.00

Introduction and Scope of Eurotales Project and Museum - Language, Community and Place

a. Greetings and introductions

b. EUROTALES Museum Laboratory Concept and Collections [PPT lecture]

-  Break

c. Course Syllabus and Moodle Platform

d. Resonances Present – Questionnaires

e. Distribute email list and make WhatApp group for the class

TASKS: For 11 October, please complete two questionnaires on Excel. For 1 November, please complete the remaining 18 questionnaires and upload on Moodle.
 

  • 11 October, 15.00 - 18.00

Field and Research Methods in sociolinguistics and history

a. Traces - What are they? - Template (PPT lecture)

- Break

b. Resonances of the Past - What are they? - Template (PPT lecture)

c. Discussion of First Questionnaires - Q & A

DUE: Two Resonances Present Questionnaires.

TASKS: For 25 October, please identify topics for Resonances Past, Traces and start collecting bibliography.
 

  • 25 October, 15.00 - 18.00

The Basics: Inscriptions, Primary Sources and Bibliographies for Resonances Past and Traces - Q & A

a. Research and Resources (Resonances Past and Traces) (PPT lecture)

-  Break

b. Discussion of choice of Resonances Past and Traces.

DUE: Topics for Resonances Past, Traces and preliminary bibliographies.

TASKS: For 8 November, collect bibliography and images for Traces and Resonances and write the short label text for your Trace(s).
 

  • 1 November: No online lesson

DUE: Resonances Present Questionnaires uploaded on Moodle in ONE excel file.
 

  • 8 November, 15.00 - 18.00

 Itineraries and Working Groups

a. Making itineraries: themes, areas, people (PPT lecture)

-  Break

b. Division into Working Groups on Traces and Resonances Past: discuss topics, bibliography and itinerary themes (which we would encourage as collaborative).

DUE: Collect bibliography and images for Traces and Resonances and write the short label text for your Trace(s).

TASKS: For 22 November, Completed Resonances Past templates including images, information, texts, references and bibliographies.
 

  • 15 November, 17.00 – 18.00

Drop in office hour
 

  • 22 November, 15.00 - 18.00

a. Students present the Itinerary themes they are considering to choose

-  Break

b. Students break up in groups and exchange their drafts of Resonances Past. Class time is spent reading and commenting mutually on drafts.

c. General discussion on issues and problems in the drafts

DUE: Completed Resonances Past templates including images, information, texts, references  and bibliographies.

TASKS: For 6 December, Completed Trace templates including information, texts, references and bibliographies.
 

  •  29 November, 17.00 – 18.00

Drop in office hour
 

  • 6   December, 15.00 - 18.00

a. Students present the finalised Itinerary themes to the whole class.

- Break

b. Students break up in groups and exchange their drafts of Traces. Class time is spent reading and commenting mutually on drafts.

c. General discussion on issues and problems in the drafts.

DUE: Completed Trace templates including information, texts, references and bibliographies.

TASKS: For 13 December, Revisions (based on classmates’ feedback) of Traces and Resonances Past. These will be commented upon by the professors.
 

  • 13 December, 15.00 - 18.00

a.  Discussion of issues and problems to fix in written work - Q & A

-    Break

b.  Students’ proposals for activities in Rome

c.  Multilingualism and Theatre Online workshop

DUE: Revisions (based on classmates’ feedback) of Traces and Resonances Past. These will be commented upon by the professors.

TASKS: Final revisions of Resonances Past, Traces, and video Itineraries due 3 January.
 

  • 20 December, 17.00 – 18.00

Drop in office hour

Requirements

This course is open to Bachelor's, Master's and PhD students at CIVIS member universities, with an academic background and an interest in language studies, or in museum studies, or in European history andanthropology, or in Digital Humanities, such as Modern Languages, Linguistics, Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Classics, History, Museum Studies.

Participants should also have a good level of written and spoken English (B2).

Skills such as: Critical thinking, Historical research, Presentation skills, Team work, Cultural traditions, Linguistic histories are also required. 

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Students from CIVIS’ strategic partner universities in Africa cannot apply for participation in this course.

Application process

Send your application by filling in the online application form by 28 April 2024. Don't forget to also include:

  • CV

  • Motivation Letter

All applications will be evaluated based on their:

  • CV
  • Relevance of the course for any of the specific fields of studies indicated above
  • Motivation
  • Knowledge of English

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Assessment

By the end of the online part of the course we expect students to hand in the following work:

a. 20 questionnaires recording data on linguistic biographies [20 Resonances Present) 

b.  Either 2 ‘Traces’ and 1 ‘Resonance Past’ OR 2 ‘Resonances Past’ and 1 ‘Trace’

A short thematic video itinerary with map inviting the public to visit an ideal itinerary across different Resonances and Traces, intended for museum display. The video should indicate why that itinerary is relevant to the memory of the Voices of Europe.

  • 25% - participation in virtual and in-person seminars and workshops
  • 25% - field work for Resonances present
  • 50% - historical Traces and Resonances

For good marks, undergraduates are expected to complete 20 linguistic biography questionnaires following our specific criteria. Following this, they must fill the templates for historical linguistic biographies and trace/fragments of language associated with physical objects. We have given them much instruction on how to research these catalogue entry style research projects. They must produce well-researched entries using good sources and written in clear, but not necessarily perfect English. In addition, they must show up for most of the class hours and participate in activities both online and on site, as well as deliver a presentation and video that shows thought and discretion. 

Graduate students, on the other hand, must satisfy all of the above but also produce original work, publishable for our museum with minimal intervention on the part of museum staff. In other words, their entries must show deep research and understanding of the subject in a way that is not yet possible for the younger students. Their interventions in class are also expected to be of a higher order.

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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Nadia Cannata (Sapienza Università di Roma), Prof. of Italian Linguistics

Maia W. Gahtan (Kent State University/ Sapienza Università di Roma), Prof. of Art and Architectural History and Museum Studies

Lorenzo Bartoli (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) Prof. Of Italian Philology

Roxana Utale (University of Bucharest) Prof. of Italian

Margaret Sonmez (Bilkent Ankara/ Sapienza Università di Roma) English Literature and Linguistics

Dr Dragana Kazandjiovska (Sapienza Università di Roma) Slavonic Languages

Dr Gaia Tomazzoli (Sapienza Università di Roma) Digital Humanities and Philology

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