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CARMEN Lettre du 27 décembre 2014

Dear colleagues and friends of CARMEN,

Let me draw your attention to the following information which is divided into sections on : CARMEN meetings and CARMEN-generated calls, grant calls information, jobs, and bursaries.

Best regards,

Katerina Hornickova
CARMEN

1. CARMEN meeting and announcements

a/ Next CARMEN meeting will take place at the University of Eastern Sarajevo (Bosnia-Hercegovina), September 11-13. All are welcome. CARMEN Executive also welcomes suggestions concerning the meeting’s programme, please send them before Feb 12th to e-mail

b/ A new CARMEN-initiated book is out !
CARMEN-initiated ARC Humanities Press published a volume on black death, see here

The Open Access version is available now here

The book version will be available in January but can be purchased now details here


It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.

“Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World : Rethinking the Black Death” is the inaugural issue of the new journal, “The Medieval Globe.” | Photo courtesy Arc Medieval Press/Paul Smit. Picture here

A new publication “Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World : Rethinking the Black Death,” looks at new research into the plague and its historical significance. The publication is the inaugural issue of a new journal , “The Medieval Globe,” sponsored by the University of Illinois Program in Medieval Studies

Carol Symes , a professor of history and of medieval studies at the U. of I., is the executive editor of the journal. Symes said the issue brings together scholars in the humanities and those in the sciences to consider the significance of the recent discoveries regarding the plague and their relevance to concerns today about emerging infectious diseases.

The journal issue looks at scientific breakthroughs of the past few years, including the 2011 sequencing of the genome of the plague pathogen entirely from historical remains, and the theory that a “big bang” of the organism occurred between the 12th and 14th centuries in an area now part of China, ultimately causing the Black Death pandemic. Articles consider how the infection might have spread, why it persisted and why some populations seemed to have immunity while other regions were wiped out. It also includes an article detailing the excavation of a Jewish cemetery in Catalonia, which provided archaeological evidence of an uprising against Jews, who were being blamed for the outbreak of disease.

“This kind of research can only be done when humanists and scientists can talk to one another,” Symes said, adding the journal issue calls for more cooperation between those two groups of scholars to further the discussion on infectious diseases and how they can spread so quickly and remain active for so long.

2. EuroScience Info

Toulouse organizes ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) 2018

EuroScience is proud to announce that the EuroScience Open Forum will be hosted in July 2018 in Toulouse, France. The Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, together with an impressive number of national and regional institutions and partners, has worked hard to put together a very convincing bid. Jointly with the University, the Mairie de Toulouse, Toulouse Métropole, the Région Midi-Pyrénées and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie, demonstrated an enthusiastic collective mobilization during a marathon site visit by members of the ESOF Supervisory Board. The rich history and architectural heritage of Toulouse, rooting back to the Antiquity, blends perfectly with the modern city turned towards Europe, with high technology industries collaborating with European partners. Midi-Pyrénées, the Toulouse Region, is a leading region of France in terms of spending on research, and offers a comprehensive research portfolio covering all disciplines and providing a scientific environment of great international repute with strong links with the industry, that ranks among the highest in France in terms of scientific production. We are convinced that Toulouse will add its name as another major European city to the European Cities of Science that have organized ESOF since 2004 in Stockholm.

Professor Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, President of EuroScience, said “We are thrilled to count Toulouse as the ESOF 2018 host city. ESOF is the largest interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe, and offers a unique platform for scientists, businesses, policy-makers and the general public to meet. The capabilities and the dynamism of Toulouse will ensure a stimulating and fruitful ESOF for all participants.”

Dr. Gail Cardew, chair of the ESOF Supervisory Board that EuroScience has established with five partners, said “For a city to be awarded ESOF is to effectively give them the title of European City of Science. The city becomes a focal point for a discussion about science, not just among scientists but with the whole city. Toulouse’s deep-rooted academic tradition and strong commitment to scientific and technological innovation together with engaging the public provides a perfect backdrop for ESOF, and we look forward to developing a strong and exciting programme with the CNRS Research Director Dr. Anne Cambon-Thomsen.”

Dr. Anne Cambon-Thomsen, Research Director at CNRS, working at Inserm and the University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, was leading the preparation of the bid to host ESOF 2018. She said : "By becoming an ESOF champion, I am very happy to have the nice opportunity to prepare this event with such a dynamic collective of national and regional partners in close collaboration with Euroscience. I am thrilled by the idea of contributing to put the label of “European City of Science 2018” on my home town, Toulouse. I will use all my energy to make ESOF 2018 in Toulouse a success."

The central orientation of the event will be around the various facets of sharing science and the dynamics it gives towards new horizons. Several different formulations of the motto, prepared by the Toulouse organizing team in interaction with EuroScience, will be submitted to a vote by Internet of supporters of the ESOF 2018 bid on the website of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. This democratic start epitomizes the unique spirit of ESOF, bringing together science and society.

About ESOF

The EuroScience Open Forum, ESOF, is well established as the biggest general science conference in Europe. It was organized for the first time in Stockholm in 2004 and has since been held every two years, coming to Munich, Barcelona, Turin, Dublin and Copenhagen. Manchester will host ESOF in 2016. ESOF is the European meeting place for scientists, science teachers, media, politicians, industry and the public at large, and aims to :

* Presenting scientific and technological developments at the cutting edge from natural sciences to social sciences and humanities ;

* Stimulating the European public’s awareness of and interest in science and technology ;
* Fostering a European dialogue on science and technology, society and policy by offering a platform for cross-disciplinary interaction and communication between the public, politicians, industry, the media and scientists on current trends and future roads for science and technology, their interaction with society and policy and the role of the public.

About EuroScience

EuroScience is the European grassroots organization of scientists and all those taking an interest in science. It is the voice of European researchers, across disciplines and countries ; promoting dialogue with researchers worldwide. Its objectives are

* Engaging with policymakers, business and society to create a stronger Europe through science
* Convening partnerships to work on careers, rights and responsibilities of scientists and key issues of science policy
* Promoting transparency of, and providing information on European STI policies
* Advancing science for the pursuit of knowledge, prosperity and global development, and for addressing transdisciplinary global challenges.

EuroScience is based in Strasbourg.


EuroScience concerned about science based decision making at EU level

Euroscience takes note that the European Commission has abolished the position of Chief Science Adviser. We hope that this does not imply that less attention will be paid to scientific insights. We feel strongly that political decisions should be made in the full knowledge of the available scientific evidence. EuroScience is grateful to Anne Glover, the former CSA, for her tireless efforts in that direction.

EuroScience remains convinced that science based arguments should have a leading role in all science, technology and innovation related decision making at the European level and that this be done in a consistent, not haphazard fashion. In the context of the new Commission, we ask that a proper consultation procedure of the scientific community should be established ; in that framework a clarification of the roles and demarcations of the various functions and (advisory) bodies dealing with STI issues has to be made, for the new Commission seems to have set off on a path of further dispersion and diffusion of STI responsibilities. EuroScience will therefore organize a debate and come forward with proposals for such a procedure. We shall invite MEPs, the European Commission and the Council and other decision/policy makers to join in this debate.

Lauritz Holm-Nielsen

President

3. Grant calls

HERA call is expected in January !

As you may know the HERA (“Humanities in the European Research Area”) Network phase is running now. The “Uses of the Past – Matchmaking Event” will take place in Tallinn on 29 January 2015 to facilitate the building of international research partnerships.

The theme and deadlines of “Uses of the Past” of the HERA will be formally announced in January 2015. With up to €23 million available, the research programme will fund new and exciting Humanities-centred projects on "Uses of the Past" involving researchers from four* or more countries. Eligible scholars are senior and early career researchers based in the following participating countries : Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

4. Jobs and bursaries

a/ Offre d’emploi - Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies offers post-doctoral Fellowships to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder’s choice. Mellon Fellows will also participate in the interdisciplinary Research Seminars.

The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work, ordinarily within the previous five years, including those who are starting on their professional academic careers at approximately the Assistant Professor level. Fellowships are valued at approximately $35,000 (CDN).

Applications for the academic year 2015–2016 should be sent to the Institute Secretary at the address below or emailed in document or PDF format to barbara.north utoronto.ca. Completed applications, as well as all supporting documentation, must be received no later than 1 February 2015 and must include official confirmation that the PhD has been examined and that its award has been approved by the appropriate authority by that date.

Application forms and further details may be obtained from the web site at

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2C4

b/
KHI-RCAC Joint Fellowship

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut (KHI) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship.

The successful candidate will spend the fall semester at one institution, and the spring semester at the other. She/he will carry out projects that represent advanced research on any aspect of the study of visual culture from antiquity to early 20th century.

The fellowship will be awarded, at one of two levels : one junior fellowship for advanced doctoral candidates who are writing their PhD dissertation, or one senior fellowship for candidates who have received a PhD within a decade of the year of application (PhD certificates not earlier than January 1, 2003). Candidates must be conversant in English. Fellows may not take on any other obligations such as teaching positions, even part-time ones, during any part of their Fellowship term.

The fellowship period will be one academic year, which will be spent as one term at KHI and one term at RCAC (fall semester : September 15 to January 31 ; spring semester : February 01 to June 15). The successful candidates can express a preference for spending the fall semester in Florence or Istanbul. During both semesters, it must be possible for fellows to carry out most of their research with the resources available in the city where they are resident.

c/ Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences has two job openings for the long-term project Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament. These are two-year fixed term positions starting at the earliest possible date on or after February 1, 2015. An extension of the contract beyond the initial two-year term may be available. The project (planned completion date : December 31, 2036) is based in Göttingen.

The appointees will be responsible for the following tasks :

· Collection and catalogisation of Coptic manuscripts of the Old Testament in an online database

· Transcription and analysis of the manuscript texts to create a digital edition

· Comparison and analysis of the textual tradition for the production of a critical edition of the individual books of the Coptic Old Testament

· Translation of the Coptic text of the edition into English or German

Requirements are specifically :

· Ph.D. or M.A. (or equivalent) in the areas of Coptic Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Egyptology, Christian Oriental Studies, Byzantine Studies or related fields. Opportunities for training and the pursuit of further academic qualifications (e.g. a Ph.D.) are available.

· A solid knowledge of Coptic language and literature and of the history and culture of Christian Egypt. Additional expertise and experience - especially in the areas of Philology/Editions and Manuscript Studies, Digital Humanities (digital editions, data analysis and visualisation), Corpus Linguistics, Biblical Studies / Religious Studies / Theology / Church History, Christian Near Eastern and Byzantine Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies - are particularly welcome.

Candidates are expected to have :

· Willingness and ability to quickly familiarise themselves with the textual culture and history of the Coptic Old Testament

· Familiarity with modern databases and online research and the willingness and ability to be trained in the use of a variety of Digital Humanities tools and methods

· Language skills (other than Coptic) in Ancient Greek and modern foreign languages (relevant for the project are a reading knowledge of German and French). Other language skills, in particular in Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Syriac or Ethiopic (Ge’ez), are helpful.

· Excellent time management and good teamwork skills

d/ Nine-month Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Section

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer a paid internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a doctoral or post-doctoral student in History, History of Art or other relevant subject.

e/ Czech Republic Government Scholarships for Foreign Students, 2015-2016

Applications are invited for Czech Republic Government scholarships available for foreign university/college students or graduates and PhD candidates. Scholarship-holders may be admitted for research visits (i.e. either attending non-degree courses of their choice, or pursuing an independent research activity, depending on their qualifications and preferences) or for study visits at one of the Czech public institutions of higher education. Nominations and application dossiers must be submitted to the Ministry by the competent authorities of eligible countries. Applications sent directly to the Ministry by individual applicants will not be processed. Foreign authorities present the nominations before the deadline set in the relevant agreements, in most cases by 31 March.

Study Subject(s) : Scholarships are awarded in all subjects.
Course Level : Scholarships are available university/college students or graduates and PhD candidates (exceptionally also for university researchers/teachers) who wish to accomplish a study or research stay at one of the Czech public institutions of higher education.
Scholarship Provider : Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic
Scholarship can be taken at : Czech Republic

Eligibility :
- Scholarship-holders may be admitted for research visits (i.e. either attending non-degree courses of their choice, or pursuing an independent research activity, depending on their qualifications and preferences), or for study visits, when they enroll in a standard study programme for the period of scholarship specified in the appropriate intergovernmental/departmental agreement. Since the courses they follow in the Czech Republic do not lead to the award of a degree, the universities concerned usually do not require them to sit entrance examinations.
- The terms and conditions of admission and requirements concerning the language of tuition are stipulated by the host university that takes an autonomous decision whether or not the applicant can be accepted within the framework of the Ministry’s scholarship programme.
- Prospective applicants are advised to contact the selected university directly and request a letter of invitation from the appropriate department. Although such a letter is not listed among obligatory attachments to the application form, its submission is recommended, since it may simplify and expedite the admission procedure. Applicants are requested to point out to the selected university that they are applying for the Ministry’s scholarship award under an international agreement.
- Note please that access to art academies can be somewhat limited because the applicants must meet demanding requirements and demonstrate their talent. Samples of artistic work, e.g. photographs, video/audio recording of a musical performance etc., must be attached to the application forms of fine/performing arts students/graduates.
- All applicants should indicate the preferred period of scholarship in their application form. The Ministry reserves the right to change the requested term of scholarship and/or place any applicant to a course and/or higher education institution different from those indicated in his/her scholarship application form, if admission as requested by the applicant is not feasible.

Scholarship Open for International Students : Image supprimée par l’expéditeur. Czech Republic Government ScholarshipsStudents from Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria (only academic staff members), Egypt, Estonia, Estonia, Malta, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia/FYROM, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Vietnam, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and the Ukrain can apply for these Czech Republic government scholarships.

Scholarship Description : The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic (hereafter referred to as the “Ministry”) annually offers scholarships to foreign nationals, pursuant to bilateral intergovernmental or departmental agreements concluded with a number of countries. Scholarships of this type are designed for university/college students or graduates and Ph.D. candidates (exceptionally also for university researchers/teachers) who wish to accomplish a study or research stay at one of the Czech public institutions of higher education. Its length usually ranges from 2 to 10 months depending upon the agreement made by the Czech government and the foreign government concerned that specifies also the categories of eligible recipients. Scholarship-holders may be admitted for research visits (i.e. either attending non-degree courses of their choice, or pursuing an independent research activity, depending on their qualifications and preferences), or for study visits, when they enroll in a standard study programme for the period of scholarship specified in the appropriate intergovernmental/departmental agreement. Since the courses they follow in the Czech Republic do not lead to the award of a degree, the universities concerned usually do not require them to sit entrance examinations.

Number of award(s) : Not Known

Duration of award(s) : Its length usually ranges from 2 to 10 months depending upon the agreement made by the Czech government and the foreign government concerned that specifies also the categories of eligible recipients. All applicants should indicate the preferred period of scholarship in their application form. The Ministry reserves the right to change the requested term of scholarship and/or place any applicant to a course and/or higher education institution different from those indicated in his/her scholarship application form, if admission as requested by the applicant is not feasible.

What does it cover ?
- For the academic year 2015/2016, the scholarship amounts to CZK 9,000 per month for those who do not hold a Master’s degree or equivalent and CZK 9,500 per month for holders of a Master’s degree or equivalent. Scholarship-holders are exempted from tuition fees. The scholarship has to be collected in person at the appropriate department of the respective Czech university. Inexpensive accommodation at student dormitories is offered as well as the possibility to take meals at student catering facilities. The applicants are requested to indicate in their application form whether they wish to obtain lodging at a student dormitory.
- Medical care : Medical care for EU/EEA citizens who are properly insured in their home countries is provided in compliance with the European Parliament and Council (EC) Regulation No. 883/2004, as last amended, and its implementing Regulation No. 987/2009, as amended by Regulation No. 465/2012. Note please that the expenses for repatriation are not covered by the provisions of the aforementioned European Regulations and it is therefore advisable to contract an insurance policy to this end. As regards non-EU/EEA citizens, medical care is provided to the extent stipulated in the respective intergovernmental/departmental agreement under which the scholarship is awarded. If the agreement concerned does not provide for any coverage of medical care, the admitted applicants are required to arrange a health insurance policy for the period of their stay in the Czech Republic. Please consult the consular section of the Czech Embassy in your country to find out about detailed requirements applying to the minimum scope of compulsory insurance policy.

Selection Criteria : Not Known

Notification : The scholarship award is notified by a Decision issued by the Ministry. There is no legal claim to the scholarship award. The scholarship is not transferable to another person.

How to Apply : On principle, nominations and application dossiers must be submitted to the Ministry by the competent authorities (usually government agencies) of eligible countries (note : in the case of Austria the Österreichische Austauschdienst – GmbH) or, if so agreed with the competent foreign authorities, by the Czech Embassies in those countries. Applications sent directly to the Ministry by individual applicants will not be processed. All these documents must be written in or translated into Czech, English, French or German. Fine arts and performing arts students/graduates are moreover required to attach a sample of their artistic work, e.g. photographs, video/audio recording of a musical performance etc.

Scholarship Application Deadline : Foreign authorities present the nominations before the deadline set in the relevant agreements, in most cases by 31 March. The closing dates for applications fixed by the competent foreign authorities are necessarily earlier (normally by several months). Prospective applicants are therefore advised to contact the respective national authorities (usually the Ministries of Education) in time.

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5. Courses

a- Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies, National Humanities Center See here

The first of the National Humanities Center’s summer institutes in digital humanities, devoted to digital textual studies, will convene for two one-week sessions, first in June 2015 and again in 2016. The objective of the Institute in Digital Textual Studies is to develop participants’ technological and scholarly imaginations and to combine them into a powerful investigative instrument. Led by Willard McCarty (King’s College London and University of Western Sydney) and Matthew Jockers (University of Nebraska), the Institute aims to further the development of individual as well as collaborative projects in literary and textual studies. The Institute will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2015 and at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, in 2016.

The Institute will focus on the problematic intersection of textual humanities and digital computing and will emphasize the transformative effects of each upon the other. It will involve both reasoning about text with digital tools and constructing tools to extend the scope and depth of reading. Moving recursively from formulating questions to experimental probing of text, the Institute will be both theoretically and practically oriented. Through direct practical work, participants will be able to engage with and analyze new styles of reasoning offered to the humanities by digital computing. This engagement will involve participants in a struggle to bring together the logic and formal language of computing with modes of reading and questioning traditional to the humanities without dilution of either.

The Institute is not primarily concerned with technological training, rather it aims at developing a hands-on, practically oriented technological imagination.

The Institute is intended for the kind of scholar that the National Humanities Center normally selects for residential fellowships, i.e. mid-career or senior scholars working in any area of the humanities.

b/ Summer school / Monks and Monasteries in the Middle Ages : Origins and Impact

Monks and nuns in the Middle Ages devoted their lives to asceticism and prayer. These were men and women who were supposed to withdraw from the world, give up personal property and live simply. How then, did they come to play a major role in the cultural developments of the European middle ages ? What were their influences on art, architecture, literature, music and the writing of history of these times ? How did they come to influence medieval rulers ? Why were they able to build up large estates ?

Course leader

Professor Julia Barrow

Target group

Undergraduate students from any academic field

Course aim

This module traces the development of monasticism in Western Europe from the early middle ages to the twelfth century, concentrating on England and France. Yorkshire is rich in medieval monastic sites, and this module features a field trip to Fountains Abbey, a remarkable medieval Cistercian abbey, as well as Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire.

The Institute for Medieval Studies is one of the major centres for interdisciplinary study in Medieval Studies in the UK and is home to the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Europe’s largest annual gathering of medievalists.

Credits info

5 ECTS
Credits are transferrable (subject to the approval of your home university)

Fee info
The programme fee includes 4 weeks tuition, on campus self-catering accommodation, all field trips and excursions, full social programme, sports centre membership.

Scholarships
A selection of scholarships are available, please see our website for further details

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