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The University of Western Brittany (UBO):

A public institution founded in 1971, UBO is a medium-sized university (around 22,000 students) offering a wide range of programmes in all fields. UBO is home to 37 laboratories, some of which are supported by prestigious French research bodies, such as CNRS, INSERM, and IRD. There are four principal areas of research at UBO : Marine Sciences, Health, Agrifood and Materials, Maths-ICT & Humanities and Social Sciences.
The HCTI Research Laboratory is a multidisciplinary laboratory to which about 50 researchers, coming from various research areas, are affiliated. The topics of research include British History and Literature, Linguistics, the Humanities, Arts, German Studies, French and Spanish Literature. Practical arrangements for the project implementation include access to the library, both on campus and off, research materials, personal computers, printing facilities, internet and access to online databases, and assistance in technical and practical matters. There are also available spaces for workshops, lectures and exhibitions. Technology available includes video conferencing systems, projectors, computer laboratories, and a digital scanner.

Sorbonne Université (SU):

Sorbonne Université is a public research university in Paris, established by the merger of Paris-Sorbonne University, Pierre et Marie Curie University and other smaller institutions. The department of English, which is home to about 1,400 students, was recognised by the 2015 and the 2016 QS World University Rankings as the best in the country and the best in a non-anglophone European country. Researchers in aesthetics and literature are members of the Research group VALE (Voix Anglophones, Littérature, Esthétique, E. A. 4085, Sorbonne Université). The expertise of the Sorbonne in the humanities, its commitment to externally-funded research and to innovation and excellence in interdisciplinary studies, as well as numerous international connections provide the ideal intellectual and practical foundation for the project’s staff exchange.

Sorbonne Université has concluded a partnership agreement with the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in order to provide accommodation for visiting researchers. Seconded staff will have access to university restaurants and will be assisted in administrative procedure by international relations department.

Université Paris 13 (UP13):

Founded more than 40 years ago, Université Paris 13 is one of the thirteen universities emerging out of the Sorbonne.Today, it has 23,500 students in initial or continuing education and training, and 1,200 faculty members. Its five campuses are located in Villetaneuse, Saint Denis, Bobigny, La Plaine Saint-Denis and Argenteuil. The PLEIADE research center (EA 7338) gathers about 80 researchers from different disciplinary fields (geography, history, art history, linguistics, literature and civilisation) working on several geographical and cultural areas.

PLEIADE research centre has its own dedicated research hub with workspace, computer and printing facilities with full online access. Researchers have access to the UP13 Library (with all the major online resources in the Humanities), research centres and institutional partnerships offer an excellent research environment. The research group TTN gathers researchers specialized in comparatist studies, diachrony, dictionary management, lexicology, philology, lexical and textual semantics, translation and documentary and linguistic engineering.

Musée Cognacq Jay (MCJ):

In the heart of the Marais area, a fine private mansion presents an exceptional 18th century art collection: paintings by Boucher, Chardin and Fragonard, drawings by Watteau, sculptures and furniture, precious items (jewellery, snuff boxes, Dresden china, etc.). The collections were bequeathed to the City of Paris by Ernest Cognacq and his wife, Louise Jay, founders of the Samaritaine department store.

Hosted researchers can benefit from a working space within the museum: an independent office, including computer, internet access, scanning and printing facilities. MCJ regularly host conferences and accordingly possess the necessary facilities for video projection and an auditorium space. The Cognac-Jay Museum preserves a vast collection, of which 75% has been the subject of numerous publications and annotated catalogues, and works closely with Parisian research networks to continue studies. MCJ hosts independent researchers in the documentation area with nearly 3000 books devoted to the eighteenth century and works corresponding to our collections. If necessary, the Cognac-Jay museum can also request accommodation, managed by the hotel Lauzun (Paris Institute of Advanced Studies).

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF):

The Bibliothèque nationale de France collects, preserves and promotes the national documentary heritage.The BnF’s collections are unique in the world: 15 million books and printed documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound documents, video and multimedia documents, scenery elements... All disciplines, whether intellectual, artistic or scientific, are represented in a comprehensive way. About 150 000 documents are added to the collections each year thanks to legal deposit, acquisitions and donations.Today, the BnF’s digital library, Gallica, provides access to over four millions documents.

The partners seconded to BNF will benefit from various services among which: access to the collections only available on site through access to reading rooms and to Gallica intramuros, electronic resources, personal computers, printing facilities, digitisation expertise and assistance from expert staff in all matters. BNF also has available limited space fully equipped for hosting workshops and conferences. An experienced EU project team and support administrative staff will follow up on the implementation of the project. BNF will collaborate with UP13 and SU for hosting seconded staff at The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, BNF also has a cafeteria in it premises. Located in the Centre of the City of Paris many restaurants and cafés are available in the neighbourhood.

Warwick University (WAR):

Founded in 1965, the University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry, Warwick consistently ranks in the top ten of all major domestic rankings of British universities. It is ranked 7th in the UK for its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). In 2017, Warwick was named as the university with the joint second highest graduate employment rate of any UK university, with 97.7 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation.

The Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre brings together scholars from History, English Literature and Culture, French Studies, German Studies and Spanish. Practical arrangements include access to the library and its online resources; access to computers and printers; internet access; and spaces for workshops and lectures. There are several restaurants on campus. The university has three conference centres that can offer accommodation for short-term visits (depending on time of year) but can also assist visitors in finding accommodation off campus.

The National Archives (TNA):

The National Archives are a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. They are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. Expert advisers in information and records management, they are a cultural, academic and heritage institution. They fulfil a leadership role for the archive sector and work to secure the future of physical and digital records.

Partners seconded to TNA for historical research would enjoy access to the archives 6 days a week; use of the staff reading room, which allows space for document sorting and consultation of multiple documents; the ability to have 40 documents immediately accessible at any one time; and access to our nexus of staff working on eighteenth-century material. TNA will provide access to the library, research materials, personal computers, printing facilities, internet and access to online databases, and assistance in technical and practical matters. There are also available spaces for workshops, lectures and exhibitions. Technology available includes video conferencing systems, projectors, digital scanners, webinars, podcasts, blogs etc… TNA staff will also advise host scholars on the best routes for sharing their research with the public, and can facilitate the publication of blogs on TNA’s website subject to availability.

Universität Greifswald (UG):

The University of Greifswald is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Germany and the Baltic Sea Region. Founded in 1456, it is also the oldest Swedish university, as the region was ruled by the Swedes after the Thirty Years’ War and up until 1815. Today, the University of Greifswald is aware of its tradition and has become a modern University beside the Baltic Sea with approximately 220 professors and 10,400 students. Currently, the University has 785 international students from 91 countries, the proportion of university entrants from abroad has risen to 8 percent.

The main library has a valuable collection of early modern works – some 200 000 volumes in Latin, German, French, Swedish and Finnish, collected since 1604. UG is in close contact with local galleries (e.g. The Caspar David Friedrich Centre), and provides free entry to various online databases such as ECCO and EEBO or the Burney newspaper collection during a secondment stay, as well as shared space in one of our offices with up-to-date computing facilities. Greifswald University has a specified department to deal with international researchers, the Welcome Centre. The Welcome Centre offers additional help concerning special needs or support with regard to administrative procedures

Kazimierz Wielki University (KWU):

Founded in 1969, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz is a dynamically developing school of higher education, today the largest in the city and the second largest in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province, both as for number of professors, number of majors and educational forms offered and the number of students and graduates. Over 700 academic staff members share their knowledge, including about 150 professors. Today a rich educational range of studies covers 30 majors at three levels: bachelor and bachelor in engineering, master and doctoral studies. The university also provides over 30 postgraduate courses, developing qualifications and conferring new rights. Step by step new majors are approved by the Polish Accreditation Committee.

The University Library provides relevant research materials in the humanities, personal computers, printing and scanning facilities, internet and access to online databases, and assistance in technical and practical matters. There are also available free office spaces, as well as rooms and lecture halls for workshops, lectures and exhibitions. The rooms are equipped with projectors and screens. KWU offers budget university accommodation, as well as housing a canteen, cafes and providing access to university sports centre.

McGill University (MCG):

Founded in 1821, McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world.

The Burney Centre at McGill University brings together archival material on the Burney family from around the world. Its holdings include microfilm, photocopies and scans of the major Burney collections at the Berg Collection (New York Public Library), the British Library and the Beinecke Library (Yale University). MCG has four workstations and a microfilm reader in the research office that could be used by seconded members. Access to the wifi network is provided by the eduroam system. Brian Cowan will provide the main contact and organisation for visiting seconded members.

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM):

UQAM is a dynamic, open, creative university with an international outreach. It is recognized for the originality and quality of its programs, its cutting-edge research, solidly grounded in social concerns, and its innovation in the arts. UQAM offers more than 300 study programs in seven main areas: arts, communications, education, management, political science and law, science, and social sciences.UQAM is ranked 1st in Quebec and 6th in Canada in terms of research funding for comprehensive universities (Research Infosource, 2018). The University’s researchers, working in more than a hundred research and creative units, are awarded numerous prizes and distinctions each year.

The Research Group in the History of Sociabilities (GHRS) brings together researchers from different universities in Quebec and elsewhere and intends to constitute an important and dynamic centre of exchanges and reflections on the discourses, representations and practices of sociability in modern time. It holds monthly seminars, runs a reading group and organizes international summer schools. It also has a specific website and blog dedicated to the group. Seconded staff can benefit from the University accommodation “Résidence Universitaire UQAM EST” at a low cost.

Università degli Studi "Gabriele d'Annunzio"

The ‘Gabriele d’Annunzio’ University welcomes a great number of visiting scholars and researchers thanks to the “Visiting Professor Programme 2019/2020” which aims at supporting international researchers, including access to appropriate spaces and facilities to conduct research in the University libraries. The Library of the University of Pescara offers free access to academics, lectors, PhD students, and all regularly matriculated students. It comprises more than 129.000 physical volumes including monographs, and periodicals on such topics as architecture, foreign languages and cultures, economics and management. UdA members and matriculated students have free access to various online databases via Proxy as well as via Bibla@UdA, a mobile app connecting users to the library catalogues.
Currently, the University Museum, formerly the Museum of the History of Biomedical Sciences, is located in the Palazzo “Arnaldo Mussolini”, in the historical centre of Chieti. In its specificity, it contributes to characterize the “G. d'Annunzio” University, constituting a “place of memory” and an exhibition space dedicated to the biological and medical aspects that emerge from archaeological, medical, anthropological and paleontological research.
The University Sports Centre includes a gym and two outdoor tennis courts, a single complex that looks like a large court, 69 x 41.50 m, enclosed by brick masonry. The location chosen, on two spacious terraces at the top of the area, near the entrance to the campus through Via dei Vestini (Chieti), is easily accessible also by external athletes and the public.

 Partners during the Kick-Off Meeting