Languages in a Network of European Excellence (LINEE)

Languages in a Network of European Excellence (LINEE)

EC Framework Programme 6, NoE

Duration: 2006-2010

Network web-site: http://www.linee.info/

Partners:
University of Bern (CH), University of Vienna (AT), Charles University, Prague (CZ), Free University of Bozen – Bolzano (IT), Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb (HR), University of Southampton (UK), University of Szeged (HU), University of Applied languages, Munich (DE), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (PL)

Former partners:
Catholic University of Brussels (BE), University of Latvia (LV)

Members of the Croatian team
Anita Sujoldžić (Project leader)
Pavao Rudan 
Vesna Muhvić-Dimanovski
Senka Božić-Vrbančić
Mislava Bertoša
Anita Skelin Horvat
Lucija Šimičić
Olga Orlić
Mirna Jernej


Abstract:
LINEE (Languages in a Network of European Excellence) is a European scientific network of 9 European universities, involving around 80 researchers. The general aim of LINEE is to investigate linguistic diversity in Europe in a coherent and interdisciplinary way, by developing an innovative, visible and durable scientific network that can overcome scientific fragmentation and serve as a world-wide quality and knowledge-based reference framework.
In particular, LINEE aims to produce coherent, innovative research results by an interdisciplinary approach, integrate knowledge of partner universities, establish a durable, innovative scientific network, reassess traditional research, and raise the visibility of linguistic diversity in Europe as a key issue in European integration. The research space will be re-defined through the development of new methodological and theoretical platforms, which can serve as benchmarks for a concept of “New Multilingualism”.

Research within LINEE is organized in four Thematic Areas, each divided into three levels of analysis (European, national and regional):

  • Language, Identity and Culture: Examines how language, identity and culture relate to each other and by what other factors they might be influenced in which way. 
  • Language Policy and Planning: Examines the adequacy of the existing language policy and language planning efforts in the EU countries. 
  • Multilingualism and Education: Examines how young people develop an embracing capacity to behave in a flexible and adequate manner in concrete multilingual contexts. 
  • Language and Economy: Examines the interplay between language and economy and aims to provide results that can impact on the building of a knowledge-based society.

The scientific activities of the Institute for Anthropological research fell mostly within the Thematic area on Language, Identity and Culture (Supervisor: Professor Anita Sujoldžić), more precisely within the following projects: “Carriers and symbols of European culture and identity”; “Europeanization and the reshaping of cultural tourism and cultural industry”; “Language and concepts of national identity”; “Promoting national identity internationally”;
“Local and regional varieties as markers of identity”; “Politics and strategies of identity in multicultural European cities”.

Main activities for scientific integration within the network are Research workshops for all LINEE members, Training institutes for PhD students, joined empirical field research, virtual working environment and sharing of knowledge in an intercultural Knowledge Management System. 
Because of bridge-building between theory and practice, a focus on conflict neutralisation mechanisms and the dissemination of reliable knowledge to the scientific community and other actors dealing with policy issues, LINEE will also aim to provide unbiased scientific expertise to several actors dealing with multilingualism and multiculturalism, such as policy-makers, scientists, stakeholders addressing language diversity and practitioners.