Seminars, Workshops & Staff training


CG interdisciplinary conference

“Interfacing Minorities: Creative Hybridity and Unexpected Environments"

Åbo Akademi University, 8-9 March 2018

 The Coimbra Group and Åbo Akademi University are delighted to invite you to the interdisciplinary conference “Interfacing Minorities: Creative Hybridity and Unexpected Environments”, to take place at Åbo Akademi University on 8 and 9 March 2018.

As part of Åbo Akademi University’s Centennial celebrations, the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology and the Minority Research Profile will be hosting the interdisciplinary conference in collaboration with the Coimbra Group working group in Social Sciences and Humanities. Thematically, the emphasis of the Conference will be on positive outcomes, innovations, and solutions arising from the creative friction experienced by minority groups coming into contact with similarly positioned and larger communities.

Please fill in the registration form at  Registration deadline extended until 26 January 2018

For further information about the Conference, please see:

For further information, please contact Harriet Klåvus at Åbo Akademi University (

Conference programme


Erasmus+ Staff Week

University of Groningen, 9-13 April 2018

The University of Groningen is pleased to announce their Erasmus plus Staff week. The 5-day programme will focus on 2 themes:

 •          Internationalization at Home

 •          The Green University (sustainability).

Policy & staff members relating to these themes are welcome.


Registration for the staff week is open till February 15th.  Candidates may register their interest in the programme through the online form.

More information

For more information please consult the website ( or get in touch with the Erasmus+ Staff Week coordinator Mrs Anja de Vries (


UCoimbra International Week 2018

University of Coimbra, 9-13 July 2018

The University of Coimbra warmly invites you to the UCoimbra International Week 2018, which will be held between 9th and 13th of July.

The programme will focus on the internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions and therefore applications from staff working with this issue are particularly welcome, even if not based at an international office.

Online applications are available at this link

Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Selection results: 19 April 2018

Preliminary programme

The fee includes: welcome kit and working materials, 4 lunches, welcome dinner and the social activities included in the programme.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the University of Coimbra at the email address


Conference "Current trends in Research and Teaching with Academic Collections"

University of Padova, 1 December 2017

The Heritage Working Group met in Padova on 30th November-1st December 2017. The working group members discussed topics related to University collections, from the organizational forms of the museums, to problems connected to restoration and new strategies of communication to the wider public.

On 1st December, a special session, open to the public, was devoted to “Current trends in Research and Teaching with Academic Collections”.

Conference programme


CG participation at the Annual EAIE Conference

The 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition took place from 12–15 September 2017 at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre. Around 6000 participants from 95 countries attended the event.

The Coimbra Group representatives participated in a large number to the event and a few of the conference sessions were chaired and organized by CG members, mainly coming from the Academic Exchange and Mobility (AEM) Working Group. 

You will find here the presentations for the sessions on:

International Credit Mobility

Protocol Procedures for emergency situations


International Staff Training Week 

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, 6-10 November 2017

From 6 to 10 November 2017 the International Office of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites staff from international partner universites to the first International Staff Training Week.

The point is to compare notes on the experiences in the students and staff mobility with the focus on Partner Countries (KA 107).

The main topics are:

  The topic of the week is "Best Practice under different Perspectives". The goal is to collect best practice examples by using presentations and discussions. At the end of the week, they will be summarized in a compendium/guide.

For more information check the event's website and programme.


National Stereotyping and Cultural Identities in recent European Crises 

An international and interdisciplinary conference of the ‘Identities in Transformation’ College Research Theme in conjunction with the Coimbra Group Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group

Dublin, 9-11 March 2017

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

Serious economic, political, and societal crises have shaken Europe in recent years. Within these, and contributing to them, politicians, journalists, and other commentators across Europe have revived, revitalised, and instrumentalised deeply engrained and predominantly divisive patterns of national stereotyping and othering. These patterns can be equally observed in Brexit and the financial crisis, in the Ukraine conflict, in anxieties and controversies around increased migration, and in the rise of populist neo-national parties and movements.

Narratives of culture clash and conflict such as the North-South divide, the East-West conflict, or the antagonism between Catholicism and Protestantism can be traced back to political and cultural fault lines going back centuries, or even millennia. They draw on historical myth, cultural memories, constructed self- and hetero-images, perceived and projected behavioural patterns, alleged cultural identities and stereotypes of national characteristics.

This conference seeks to investigate these crucial cultural dimensions behind recent European crises. It aims to interpret and critique these crisis discourses, to assess their impact, and to consider counter strategies. Experts from fourteen countries across Europe will interrogate the uses and abuses of stereotypes and narratives of othering in crisis discourse through analytic approaches from fields as varied as cultural history, international relations, political science, translation studies and literary analysis. The critical methodologies and historic perspectives of experts from a variety of disciplines offer a deeper understanding of the cultural roots of such discursive instruments of cultural and political crisis as well as new insights into their application.


Full information package and registration



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