Troubadour culture is fully acknowledged as one of the pillars of a common European heritage, but our knowledge of how this came to be, in particular the role of late troubadours and the particulars of the transition from the 13th to the 14th century culture, still presents fairly unexplored areas—or at least areas in need of revision. In many European traditions this period seems to be perceived as a break, or even a gap, not always well accounted for. Moreover, there has not been enough transversal research on this cultural moment to draw a map of common trends, satisfactorily follow the circulation of new tendencies or assess the direction of cultural influences.
This European Science Fundation Exploratory Workshop is held at the Institut de Llengua i Cultura Catalanes of the Universitat de Girona and organized by the Group of Medieval Literature ILCC-UdG.
The European Science Fundation
The European Science Foundation (ESF) was established in 1974 to provide a common platform for its Member Organisations to advance European research collaboration and explore new directions for research. Currently it is an independent organisation, owned by 67 Member Organisations, which are research funding organisations, research performing organisations and academies from 29 countries.
ESF is in a period of transition; the ESF Member Organisations (MO’s) have indicated that they would like to wind down certain ESF activities, such as EUROCORES, RNP’s, ECRP’s and Forward Looks by the end of 2015, but ESF will continue to honour its existing commitments until the projects are finalised.
In 2013 the only research instrument that will have a call for proposals is the Exploratory Workshops. The focus of the Exploratory Workshops scheme is on workshops aiming to explore an emerging and/or innovative field of research or research infrastructure, also of interdisciplinary character. Workshops are expected to open up new directions in research or new domains. It is expected that a workshop shall conclude with plans for follow-up research activities and/or collaborative actions or other specific outputs at international level.
ESF is also currently exploring new areas where we could serve the science community. Services we have identified that would leverage our expertise and experience and provide added-value to the science community are: peer review, evaluation, research conferences and career tracking.
Please check our website (www.esf.org) for regular updates regarding ESF and its future developments.
NOTE: ESF-EXPLORATORY WORKSHOPS ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND TO ANY OBSERVERS.