MINORITY lANGUAGES, mAJOR oPPORTUNITIES
Collaborative Research, Community Engagement and Innovative Educational Tools (COLING)
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in coordination with the Americas Research Network (ARENET) is participating in a Language Revitalization Project based at the University of Warsaw in Poland. UNC-CH units that have supported this initiative include the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Departments of History, Romance Languages, and Linguistics. Thirteen institutions from seven countries are part of this project, which is funded by the European Commission for Research and Innovation. The four-year project will promote staff exchanges (for established scholars, research administrators, indigenous scholars, and graduate students) among all participating institutions, curriculum development, and innovative seminars on living languages and cultural content. ARENET will coordinate meetings and workshops for project participants during years 2 and 3 of the project. The proposal was developed through collaborative exchanges of texts among the Co-PIs during January-March 2017, and the principal thematic components deal with language revitalization in the Americas and Europe as well as trans-Atlantic historical movements and cultural resilience. The COLING project has an important digital component that relates well to digital humanities initiatives at UNC-CH through the College of Arts and Sciences and University Libraries.
Joint Degree Program with the National University of Singapore
History majors may wish to consider applying for the Joint Degree Program, an innovative joint undergraduate degree program joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National University of Singapore. Chapel Hill undergraduates spend anywhere from two to four semesters at the National University of Singapore and receive a joint bachelor of arts degree from both institutions. For further information, contact the Study Abroad Office.
Strategic Alliance With King’s College, London
The Department’s partnership with King’s College, London (KCL), which began in 2005, has evolved into one of the most ambitious and far-reaching transatlantic partnerships of its kind. The opportunity for undergraduates in an increasing number of fields to study for a semester or a year at the partner institution is now being taken up more widely.
Joint activity led by faculty members has outgrown individual initiatives to generate regular conferences, colloquia, and joint research projects resulting in publication. Graduate students benefit from short-term visits and joint Ph.D. committees. Graduate students also self-organize an annual UNC-KCL workshop, a two part-event that takes place in London and then Chapel Hill and is generously supported with funding from the Graduate School. More than twenty History majors have studied at King’s since the partnership begun, and the Department is eager to promote more undergraduate exchanges between our institutions.
Additional information about exchange opportunities, events in Chapel Hill and London, and other partnership initiatives can be found at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/partners/partners/unc/index.aspx
KCL and UNC are members of the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE), find out more on the iCUBE website.