Crossways in Cultural Narratives
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What is Crossways?

Selected and supported by the European Commission, the Masters Programme Crossways in Cultural Narratives offers an eclectic integrated programme feeding on successful programmes run locally in the Universities of the Consortium.

The Masters programme is accessible to both European and non-European students, and offers scholarships, mobility allowances and other advantages.

The Crossways in Cultural Narratives Master students follow a mobile study itinerary over 2 years. They study in 3 European Universities chosen from among the ten making up the Crossways Consortium.

The Final Crossways Master Degree takes the form of a multiple degree, which means
  1. one Diploma Supplement issued by the coordinating university and listing all your academic achievements during the programme in accordance with the Bologna standards
  2. three fully-recognized "national" Master degree certificates issued by the universities where you have studied (as associate members, UNER and UIA deliver certificates of study, but not degrees)
  3. a Crossways parchment.

"Crossways": A common Master-theme

…i.e. ways (of thought, of behaviour, of outlook; but also of student travel and study) which cross boundaries (between states, education systems, cultures; but also between collective identities, national culture-spheres, mindframes, value-sets and modes of thought…). The very fact of studying 'elsewhere', as you will quickly find out if you join the programme, raises acutely all these dimensions of human (cultural) difference; thus bringing into focus questions only half-understood before….

"Crossways": A common Interdisciplinarity

Among other boundaries crossed: those of subject discipline. This programme draws on insights, perspectives and methods borrowed from: literature, literary and film criticism, history, linguistics, semiotics, cultural studies, media studies, critical theory, philosophy….

"Crossways": A common Goal

Generating knowledge, understanding, transferable skills

  • so as to provide future managers with top-class methodological and communicative skills, and with the knowledge and insight required in people who are to play key roles in, for instance, international exchanges, national administrations, parliamentary research, large media groups
  • to provide doctoral researchers and managers alike with an inventive flexibility of mind by promoting teamwork and teaching practices which exceed national particularities; and to confer the critical acumen, the multi-track thinking, the innovative propensity required to deal with a rapidly evolving world
  • to promote fruitful networking between different areas of knowledge, research, and discovery in the study-fields related to European cultural identities and its different homogenous and heterogeneous aspects over the centuries. This experimental aspect is the key element in the establishment of a free circulation of ideas benefiting students and researchers alike.

"Crossways": A common agenda of discovery

What does it mean to be European?

  • over historical time, in relation to the sources, the historical genesis of European ideas and sensibilities, achievements and values - and of Europe's future
  • in respect of the various forms of Difference and Otherness that Europe knows to be part of its own internal constitution
  • with regard to social and cultural patterns making up Europe's 'modernity' and 'postmodernity', as well as those constituting its 'intellectual capital' and its 'cultural heritage'
  • in relation to Europe's defining sense of self and to its Others (Middle Eastern, N. American, Latin American, Indian, Chinese etc) in the world today.