Budding Researchers in the Humanities: An Intercultural Online Project

Vander Viana (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), Anna Chesnokova (Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine), Sonia Zyngier (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Willie van Peer (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 244
EISBN13: 9781616922061|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-870-3.ch014
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This chapter aims at describing the networks within the Research and Development in Empirical Studies (REDES) Project, an intercultural enterprise aimed at promoting empirical studies of culture. Probably the first and only international project in the Humanities which prepares new researchers through online communication, the experience is believed to be scalable to other areas as it enables students to acquire the methodological techniques needed to undertake and carry out research in an environment totally different from the traditional university classroom. The chapter traces the history of the project from its foundation in 2002, explains in detail how it was set up, and evaluates the contributions of this joint effort. The problems met along the way are also pointed out. The chapter concludes with the challenges still to be faced. This case report stands as a proof of the impact of technology in preparing human resources for the Humanities.
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