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CARMEN - Lettre du 07/12/11

Dear colleagues and friends of CARMEN,

Let me draw your attention to the following information which is divided into sections on : CARMEN news, ESF grant calls information, and fellowships.

Best regards,

Katerina Hornickova

1. CARMEN bidded successfully for an ESF Exploratory workshop in 2012

CARMEN application for an ESF Exploratory Workshop under the title Re-Inventions Of Early-European Performing Arts And The Creative City, Civic Regeneration And Cultural Tourism has been accepted by the ESF for 2012. More than 25 researchers and cultural practitioners will meet in Budapest to discuss different aspects of the performative re-inventions of the past in the current urban space.

2. ESF Grant calls and information

- a/ European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant Call 2012

See below a brief summary of the ERC Advanced Grant 2012 call, which has recently been published.

European Research Council - Advanced Investigator Grant

Aims :

  • to provide significant research funding for established senior scientists
  • to encourage risk-taking and interdisciplinarity in pioneering frontier research projects

Eligibility :

  • no age or nationality restrictions are set
  • institutions hosting the projects are to be located in an EU Member State or Associated Country

Profile of a competitive candidate :
Applications are expected from scientifically independent senior researchers who have an impressing 10-year track-record and a scholarly profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research.

Funding :

  • maximum EU contribution is EUR 2.5 million per project for up to 5 years
  • level of funding : 100%

Eligible costs :

  • personnel costs (for the principal investigator and team members)
  • equipment and consumables
  • travel costs
  • publication costs
  • indirect costs (not exceeding 20%)

Evaluation criteria :

  • excellence (see Guide for Applicants for details)

Application deadlines :

  • February 16, 2012 - Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • March 14, 2012 - Life Sciences
  • April 11, 2012 -Social Sciences and Humanities

For further information you may refer to the draft version of the ERC AdG 2012 Guide for Applicants

- b/ ESF Strategic Activity in Humanities : Research Infrastructure in Digital Humanities

Research Infrastructures in the Humanities

The ESF Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) identified the topic of Research Infrastructures (RIs) as an area of strategic priority for the Humanities in 2009. An SCH expert group on RIs was set up the same year and mandated to propose a proactive strategy for RIs in the Humanities at the European level on behalf of SCH. In the past two years the group, together with the support of the ESF office, has been active both at the policy and research levels.

Appropriate liaisons with the ESF Member Organisation forum on RIs as well as the recently begun Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape (MERIL) project have been established. Furthermore, a workshop on Research Communities and Research Infrastructures in the Humanities was organised last year (Strasbourg, France, 29-30 October 2010) to gather different research communities’ perspectives on the scholarly-driven design and use of RIs in the Humanities.

In addition, a Science Policy Briefing (SPB) on “Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities” was written at the invitation of the ESF SCH and has now been published.

The publication – produced under the editorial chairmanship of Professor Claudine Moulin (ESF SCH member (LU)/Trier Center for Digital Humanities, Universität Trier) - reflects on the centrality of RIs to the Humanities. It argues that without RIs such as archives, libraries, academies, museums and galleries (and the sources that they identify, order, preserve and make accessible) swathes of Humanities research would not be possible. After proposing a wide-ranging definition of digital RIs in the Humanities, it attempts to relate physical RIs to digital ones. By drawing on a number of case studies it demonstrates that digital RIs offer Humanities scholars new and productive ways to explore old questions and develop new ones. Indeed, it is argued that the making available of our cultural heritage in digital form and the sensitive interlinking of such resources opens a new frontier for Humanities research that calls on us to address ‘grand challenges’ in the Humanities and beyond. These include not only research-based challenges, such as data-driven Humanities, but also institutional and social issues, such as the provision of higher education programmes as well as the recognition of the inherently process character of digital research and the implications of this for evaluation and promotion.

While numerous sophisticated RIs that can inform and further Humanities RIs already exist in the sciences, ultimately it is also necessary for Humanities scholars to build and have access to ‘fit for purpose’ Humanities RIs, given the nature of their data-sets, research methods and working practices. Indeed, a fundamental difference between data-bases as they are used in the Humanities and those that are used in other sciences is that the creation of digital objects is more than just preparation for research, it is rather a crucial part of humanities research itself. The way in which inscriptions are photographed or in which text corpora are transcribed and encoded, is crucial for the way in which these research objects will be studied in the future.

This ESF SPB attempts to tackle the need to identify priorities and future research directions for a common strategy on RIs in the Humanities at the European level. Furthermore, despite the recent (and therefore often uncoordinated) surge of activities in the digital humanities, it provides a unique overview, analysis and set of research policy recommendations related to digital humanities in Europe never attempted before. Its target audience encompasses the research community at large (within the wide umbrella of the Humanities but including also Computer, Library and Information Sciences engaged with humanities research and some branches of social sciences or e-social sciences), academic and non-academic institutional bodies and national and international policy makers.

For further information, working group members and press releases, please, see here

For the content of the Strategic workshop on Research Communities and Research Infrastructures in the Humanities, 29-30 October 2010, Strasbourg, see here.

3. Koc Junior and Senior Fellowships in Istanbul for 2012/13 (History, Art History, Archaeology, Cultural Managment)

For further information see here.

- a/ RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships
Koç University invites applications from junior and senior scholars specializing in the archaeology, art history, history, and allied disciplines of Turkey from the Neolithic through the Ottoman eras. Fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and stipend, will be given to approximately 10 Ph.D candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D to spend one academic year in Istanbul at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Successful candidates will be required to be resident in Istanbul during the 9-month academic year (September 15-June 15). Some senior fellowships may be granted on a semester basis (September 15-January 31 or February 1-June 15). A small number of Non-Residential fellowships is also available for those already resident in Istanbul and/or with families.

Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations offers housing, study, and computer facilities to its fellows. It is near the libraries of the French, German, Swedish, and Dutch Institutes and other scholarly facilities in Istanbul. RCAC fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects. Fellows will also be asked to give 2 lectures on their work during the course of the year. Fellows must be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged.


- b/ BIAA-RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management
The RCAC and the BIAA are offering a new joint fellowship in cultural heritage, concerned with the understanding, promotion, and preservation of the historical and archaeological material culture of Turkey and the Black sea region with particular reference to specific sites, monuments, or regions. Successful applicants should have an MA or PhD qualification in museology, heritage management, or a related specialization, or have appropriate and comparable professional experience in these fields.

Depending on the strength of applications, either one junior fellowship, for advanced doctoral candidates, for 9 months (Sept 1, 2012 -June 15, 2013) or one senior fellowship, for holders of PhD or equivalent, for one term, either September 15 to February 1 or February 1 to June 15 will be granted. For terms of RCAC residential fellowships, please see the regular fellowship announcement on the RCAC website. Application deadline for the 2012-2013 academic year is December 15, 2011.

The successful candidate will be resident in Istanbul for most of the time of the fellowship, but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research relating to his or her cultural heritage projects. The BIAA/RCAC fellow must visit the BIAA and give a public lecture in Ankara during the tenure of the fellowship, and is strongly encouraged to establish close relations with the BIAA. Some preference may be given to applicants whose Cultural heritage proposals relate to past or current British research projects in Turkey or the Black Sea region. This fellowship is open to all nationalities.

- c/ RCAC Visiting Senior Fellowships : A limited number of short-term fellowships at RCAC for a period of either one or two months.
This fellowship will permit senior scholars with very busy schedules to spend up to two months at the RCAC, undertake projects involving the cultural resources of Istanbul while residing at the RCAC and participating in the intellectual community of RCAC fellows and Koç University. Successful candidates will be offered the following :
Round-trip economy airfare to and from Istanbul.
A net monthly stipend of up to USD 1600 for the period of their stay.
Free accommodation and free dinners 5 nights a week at the RCAC.
In return, the RCAC requests that all Visiting Senior Fellows give two presentations on their research, one at the RCAC, one on the main campus of Koç University. Application deadline for the 2012-2013 academic year is December 15, 2011.

- d/ Kaplan Fellowships in Archaeological Site Management
These fellowships will be awarded at the senior or junior level. Depending on the applications received, one or two 4,5 month (fall or spring semester) senior fellowships (for those with a PhD or equivalent work experience) or one 9 month junior fellowship (for a PhD candidate or candidate with less work experience) will be awarded.
Kaplan fellowships will be used for the development of an archaeological management plan or plans with a conservation component for a site in Turkey.
Kaplan fellowships are restricted to Turkish nationals. Applicants must have a demonstrated fluency in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University, of which the RCAC is a part.
Like all RCAC fellows, Kaplan fellows will be given accommodation, travel costs, health insurance, research budget and evening meals five nights a week at the RCAC. Junior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 800. Senior fellows will be granted a monthly stipend of the Turkish lira equivalent of USD 1100-1600 depending on work experience.
Fellowship holders must be resident at the RCAC in Istanbul except for a period of up to two months spent on research, either on site, or elsewhere. At the RCAC they will be members of a wider community of scholars researching the past of Turkey. More information about the RCAC, as well as application forms can be obtained at the RCAC website under Fellowships. Application deadline for the 2012-2013 academic year is December 15, 2011.