Calls for project partners

@SWITCH4EU+: Data analytics in European research and policy-making

The @SWITCH4EU+ project is set to develop a 4EU+ research-based, cross-disciplinary programme in data analytics for students of Social Sciences and Humanities to enhance their digital and analytical competences which are key for active citizenship and employability in a knowledge society. The project’s ultimate aim is to equip the future graduates with knowledge and skills necessary to make confident use of information technologies and take data-based and evidence-based decisions.

The project also involves site visits and presentations of research facilities and resources available at project partner institutions, including RExtractor (information processing tool for Czech and English legal documents, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University) and Numerislav digital archive (EUR’ORBEM, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Sorbonne University).

The @SWITCH 4EU+ project team is made up of academics from Charles University, Heidelberg University, Sorbonne University and the University of Warsaw. The project is coordinated by Dr Jana Plaňavová – Latanowicz (University of Warsaw).

The project team is open to cooperation with academic experts in social sciences, humanities as well as information technology and data analytics from the six 4EU+ member universities. For more information, please contact Dr Jana Plaňavová – Latanowicz: .

Multilingualism as a social and individual challenge: towards new research agendas

While multilingualism is becoming omnipresent with increasing international mobility and globalisation of economy, many research facets of this phenomenon are yet unexplored. The project aims to establish the European Network for Psycholinguistic Research on Multilingualism and Multilingual Development (4EU+ N-PROM), made of interdisciplinary teams across the 4EU+ Alliance, to work jointly on the cognitive and linguistic aspects of multilingualism.

The collaboration will encompass capacity building for the existing research teams to guarantee excellence of further studies, knowledge exchange, training in novel research paradigms for early career researchers, as well as the development of joint research projects and applications for EU funding.

The project team’s plans for the nearest future include:

  • setting up an annual, joint summer school for young researchers (PhD candidates and possibly MA students in the final year of their studies) with the aim of teaching empirical methods to study multilingualism,

  • formulating details of the “Prediction in Multilinguals” general research agenda,

  • developing the network’s communication and visibility tools, including a website.

Currently, the project brings together researchers from the University of Warsaw, Charles University and Heidelberg University, but the project team would welcome colleagues from Sorbonne University and the Universities of Copenhagen and Milan. The next project meeting is planned for October 2019 in Prague.

Find out more on the webpage of the project:

For more information about the project and to express interest in joining the project team, please contact Dr hab. Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic (Coordinator, Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw): .

One Week Intensive Course

The Programme Committee of the One Week Intensive Course, bringing together academics from Charles University, Sorbonne University and University of Warsaw, is searching for partners mainly from Heidelberg University, University of Copenhagen and University of Milan to cooperate in the development of a series of joint, intensive seminars for BA and MA students named One Week Intensive Course (OWIC). The course is designed to be a place for experimentation and pedagogical innovations, disciplinary or interdisciplinary exchanges, and debates. The first OWIC which will be held in Prague in March 2020 with the “Revolts and Revolutions” as the central theme. The following edition of the intensive course (theme “European Cities. Heritage and Cultural Identity”) is scheduled for autumn 2020 at the University of Warsaw.

General overview of OWIC

OWIC: Revolts and Revolutions

For more information about the One Week Intensive Course, please contact Dr Marie-Françoise Saudraix-Vajda (Sorbonne Université, Faculté des lettres):

Europa universalis

Europa Universalis project gathers academics from Charles University, Sorbonne University and University of Warsaw. Currently, the group works on the development of joint, annual intensive seminars for BA and MA students centred around the topic “European city: heritage and cultural identity”.

Each seminar will address multiple aspects related to heritage, cultural identity and multiculturalism in urban centres through the lens of the seminar’s host city: in the case of Warsaw, it will be the post-war (re)construction, changes in the urban space brought about by the World War II destruction and totalitarian ideas of rebuilding the city. The topic of the European city will be approached by specialists from various disciplines: history, history of art, archaeology, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, geography, and others, thus gradually constructing an interdisciplinary perspective.

The seminars will be of 3- to 5-day duration and will involve traditional lectures, case study exercises and group sessions. The programme will be complemented by guided walks and visits in the city. In course of the seminar, the students will analyse documents and archival sources as well as social, architectural and artistic practices of the times.

Apart from providing space for pedagogical innovation and a platform for promoting collaborative teaching, learning and plurality of perspectives, the seminars introduce a new, interdisciplinary approach to the research on cultures. Within a few years, the Europa Universalis project team intends to develop the canon of European research that could serve as basis for the design of the 4EU+ European Culture(s) study programme and an interdisciplinary doctoral school.

For more information about Europa universalis and to express interest in joining the project team, please contact Dr hab. Jerzy Pysiak (Faculty of History, University of Warsaw): .

Plurality of Memories in Europe in a Global Perspective

“Plurality of Memories in Europe in a Global Perspective” started as an interdisciplinary project developed by scholars in the fields of history, literature, political science and sociology from four universities of the Alliance: Charles University, Heidelberg University, Sorbonne University and the University of Warsaw. It aims to create a European pole of excellence in memory studies by encouraging students’ and scholars’ collaboration and mobility between the 6 universities of the 4EU+ Alliance. The project’s vision is to bring together students, doctoral candidates and academics from all six 4EU+ Alliance universities and to become a hub for both junior and senior researchers examining the conflicting memories of violence.

The project’s goal is to develop two-folded cooperation between 4EU+ partner universities:

  • Education: designing joint courses and summer/winter schools dealing with memory studies in a multidisciplinary perspective, combining history, sociology, political science, literature, etc.

  • Research: co-organising scientific workshops and conferences with joint research application and publications as a coveted outcome.

The project’s main focus areas include the cultural and social memory, politics of memory, memory of mass violence and conflicting memories in Europe and beyond, as the project seeks to adopt a global perspective. It is developed as part of Flagship 2: Europe in a changing world: Understanding and engaging societies, economies, cultures and languages.

“Plurality of Memories” kick-off meeting took place at the University of Warsaw on 11 March 2019, during which the project team decided to develop and organise a winter school (for Master’s and PhD students) on memory studies in Warsaw in early February 2020. The next project meeting is planned for September 2019 in Warsaw.

Contact and more information

If you would like to join the project team or simply be kept updated on the project developments, please register here.

For further information and to get in contact with the project coordinator, please send an email to .

Smart cities for ageing societies

“Smart cities for ageing societies” is an interdisciplinary project developed by academics working in the fields of geography, regional studies, humanities and economic sciences from Charles University, Heidelberg University and the University of Warsaw (coordinating institution). It aims to contribute to the enhancement of participation of the elderly in the local community by building an international team studying research problems related to ageing population in the rapidly developing metropolitan environments. Find out more

For more information about the “Smart cities for ageing societies” project and to express interest in joining the project team, please contact Dr Anna Nicińska (Project Coordinator, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw):