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Multilingual Concept for the Humanities

Since future researchers have to be prepared for multilingual professional situations, promoting plurilingualism has to be a fundamental element of European higher education and research training policy, especially in the Humanities. This is why a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities aims at implementing the European Strategy for Multilingualism1 as a basis for research training, embarking on a highly demanding multilingualism strategy designed for the Humanities. Following this strategy, multilingual skills have to be promoted to enhance the personal and career perspectives of the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Learning the language of the host country facilitates an overall work-life balance and a pleasant everyday life at each career stage, combining the goals of the researchers’ mobility and social integration into the country they work in.

Supporting the acquisition and improvement of multilingual skills is a pivotal measure in personal and career development that can foster a prompt transition of the graduated ESRs to further career stages. Multilingualism is at the core of our conception of dedicated ESRs in the Humanities, leaders of a new generation of European intellectuals that is highly required to shape future European public debates beyond national boundaries.

Furthermore, since the exclusive use of English as a lingua franca threatens the quality of cultural, academic and research exchange in the Humanities, a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities will comply with the objective of “communication in mother tongue plus two languages” for each ESR at the minimum.

1 Council Resolution of 21 November 2008 on a European strategy for multilingualism (2008/C 320/01):

a.r.t.e.s. EUmanities has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713600.

Call: H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2015 | Proposal: 713600 – artes EUmanities