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IME is generating public outcomes both for the scientific community and for a larger public, in form of presentations, publications, interviews, press releases and flyers.

Click on one of the four categories above for details on Public documents, Doctoral schools, Selected publications and Public events.

#publicdocs

Public Documents
Publishable Summaries
MIME regularly produces publishable reports which describe the project achievements. They are public and can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
Position Paper
The aim of the MIME position paper is to present the key characteristics of the MIME project as compared to others. It was presented at the MIME Kick-off meeting.
Project Flyer
The MIME Project flyer is mainly intended as a printed product but its electronic version is available for download.
December 2014

#docschools

The second and last MIME Doctoral School will take place in November 2017 in Croatia. More information will follow.
In the slipstream of the Amsterdam conference on ‘The Politics of Multilingualism’, several MIME-PhDs participated in a separate event for young scholars to present their work. The practical organisation was in the hands of Christopher Houtkamp. The ARTES research school of the University of Amsterdam and the MIME coordination team generously contributed to the event. The PhD and young scholars forum, henceforth simply referred to as the ‘PhD-forum’, followed into the footsteps of the MIME doctoral school in 2016 with regards to its structure and philosophy. The main goal of the event was to allow young scholars to present their work and reserve a significant amount of time for discussion. Every participant was allotted a time slot of 45 minutes in which they could present their paper and/or project and reflect upon it with the other participants.

As the name of the event implies, the audience consisted mostly of young scholars. However, two MIME senior researchers, namely Prof. Federico Gobbo and Prof. Sabine Fiedler, and Oxford affiliated researchers Dr. Lion Koenig and Dr. Daniela Gamper, were also present to offer constructive criticism. The presenters originated from many different countries, ranging from Canada to India, discussed a wide variety of topics (e.g. the use of English in Indian classrooms, mathematical models to predict language shift, language policy and complexity theory, the status of Russian in Eastern-Ukraine) and made use of a vast amount of methodological approaches, both quantitative and qualitative.
The PhD-forum was heralded by all participants, both younger and senior, as a great success. Here follows a selection of the feedback offered by the participants after the event:
Prof. Sabine Fiedler:
“I think that the Amsterdam Young Scholars’ Forum was a success, with a lively exchange of ideas in a relaxed atmosphere and Christopher doing a very good job as the chairman. I was really impressed by some of the talks and research projects. It is important for young researchers to have the opportunity to present their work, ask questions and get valuable feedback. (…) Altogether, I can only see advantages and would support the idea to organize these events on a regular basis.”
Dr. Lion Koenig:
“I have had a chance to attend the workshop for PhD researchers and young scholars following the conference on the 'Politics of Multilingualism' at the University of Amsterdam. Being a young scholar myself, I enjoyed the forum which gave room for new ideas and research projects to be discussed in greater detail beyond the time restrictions of much shorter panel presentations during the conference. Each and every paper presenter was open to the suggestions and criticism of the other participants which was expressed in a constructive way throughout. The workshop was well-organized, so as to create a convivial atmosphere for an exchange of scholarly views- the fact that the discussion continued over a meal after the end of the workshop is indicative with the interest in the works of one's colleagues and the forum at large. I strongly endorse such events to be held more regularly."
PhD-candidate Marco Civico:
“I believe that the PhD and Young Scholar Forum organized in parallel with the IPSA Conference in Amsterdam was a great success from a number of perspectives. First of all, it granted each and every PhD student a chance to present the project he or she is working on. The simple task of wrapping up one’s project in a single presentation is itself a very useful activity, allowing one to arrange ideas and present them in an understandable way. This, I believe, is an exceptionally good training in a view of presenting one’s dissertation in front of a jury. Secondly, the forum was so structured as to provide each presenter with a chance to present his or her problems, which could then be discussed with the other PhD students and scholars in the room. Personally, I found this opportunity extremely valuable, in that I could share thoughts with other young scholars who are currently experiencing very similar issues. Thirdly, the presence at the forum of non-MIME related young researchers as well as MIME-related senior researchers was very much appreciated. Indeed, it helps a lot to present at the same time to people who are not necessarily familiar with the topic and to people who have much more experience in the field. Obviously, their feedback was also very useful. Finally, I should mention that the whole activity was done in a very familiar and non-official environment, which helped keeping the stress level low and get the best out of the experience. All this being said, I strongly support the idea of organizing PhD Forums on a more regular basis.”
PhD-candidate Torsten Templin:
“Wrapping up and presenting your project is a good and important task. Having the chance to present problems and difficulties (in contrast to ordinary conferences, where one often plays his/her role in the scientific competition and presents the own research as the newest and most promising out there). Sharing thoughts and problems with other young scholars who are in a similar position as well as with senior researchers. I think that this combination is extremely useful. On the one hand, the other students better know what you struggling with. On the other hand, the seniors have the experience and expertise to provide you with an assessment of your research as well as with recommendations. It feels more like a class-room kind of setting than like a conference and so one can speak more freely and open. The familiar and non-official environment strongly contributed to that feeling! I think the forum was popularizing the MIME project among non-MIME PhD students and young scholars. In contrast to the conference the days before and to conferences in general, it was an amazing opportunity to have so much time for a presentation. Often, you have 10 to 20 minutes, which is usually not sufficient to really get into a deeper discussion about your project.”
PhD-candidate Róisín McKelvey:
"The Young Scholars Forum organised by Christopher Houtkamp following the Politics of Multilingualism conference was a great opportunity for PhD students to come together to discuss our work with each other in greater depth than would usually be possible.
The Forum programme provided us with a really interesting range of topics and academic backgrounds and included participants who were not affiliated with the MIME project. This meant that participants were able to present their projects to an audience with a variety of perspectives and degrees of familiarity with the topics in question, which was very useful experience. Additionally, the presence of senior MIME researchers was helpful because they really engaged with the presentations and discussions and provided thoughtful, constructive feedback.
The Forum also, crucially, provided presenters with an opportunity to discuss any challenges that may have arisen in the course of their research, in a supportive setting in which the other participants could ask questions and offer suggestions.
The informal design of the Forum was really beneficial in this respect because it allowed for freer discussion and created a space in which participants could feel comfortable detailing any difficulties they had encountered. This felt like a rather unique opportunity and it led to some very fruitful discussions and allowed for connections to be drawn between projects, with participants sharing resources as well as their own experiences in order to help one another.
In addition to the unusual opportunity to present and discuss our research in such depth, this created a collaborative environment and provided a very valuable experience that will hopefully be repeated in the future."
The feedback from both senior and junior participants shows that the goals of the PhD-forum, namely providing a platform for open, in-depth and fruitful discussion, have been clearly met. Hopefully the MIME consortium will see the chance to facilitate these kind of events at future conferences.
Mobility And Inclusion In Multilingual Europe Interdisciplinary Perspectives
And Research Methodologies
The 2016 MIME doctoral school aimed to provide doctoral students and postdocs added value beyond regular PhD programmes by allowing them to set their research projects in multilingualism against a wider backdrop of interrelated theories and observe them under different methodological looking glasses. The school challenged them to question and tested widely established research practices in order to better fine-tune and sharpen their research perspective.
The central ideas of the MIME 2016 Doctoral School were promoting the interdisciplinary ethos of the MIME project, expanding and deepening student understanding of the multifaceted issue of multilingualism, and enhancing the interaction between senior and junior researchers. The ultimate goals of the doctoral school were to inspire quality research, ensure reliable and relevant research findings resulting from the project, and achieve a wide dissemination of MIME results both within and beyond the MIME project itself.

The school accommodated 11 doctoral students and postdocs who presented their research projects, plus additional 3 students who attended and took active part in the discussions.
The doctoral school had dual focus, each addressed by three instructors:
Focus on tools, concepts and methods anchored in one of the participating disciplines of the project but applied to a MIME-relevant question, e.g. as addressed in the work of a MIME Task, thus exposing to, and encouraging, interdisciplinary work
Focus on cultural, historical, philosophical perspectives that can lend more breadth and depth to the research work of doctoral students, independently of the specific topic of their own research
Topic 1.1
Geographical Scale: Mobility, inclusion and multilingualism as multiscalar processes
Topic 3.1
Modelling long term dynamic evolution of language use
Topic 2.1
Language and political identities: a reassessment
Topic 1.2
Languages and territories: the reconfiguration of the nexus between nation, state, language and territory through globalisation, europeanisation and urbanization.
Topic 3.2
Evaluating Language Regimes Using Cost-Benefit Methods
Topic 2.2
Language policy in the context of complex diversity
Instructor
Assoc. Prof. Virginie Mamadouh (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Instructor
Prof. Bengt-Arne Wickström (Andrássy-Universität Budapest, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Instructor
Prof. Peter Kraus (Universität Augsburg)
All participants were issued a certificate of attendance and awarded 3 ECTS credits for active participation.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement No. 613334 (Project MIME).