October 7, 2014
José Luis Mateos
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Regional Development in Europe and ERC Advanced Grants in Social Sciences and Humanities

The European Research Council (ERC) marks a new approach to investing in frontier research in Europe. Funded through the European Community’s seventh framework programme (FP7) as the implementation of the ‘Ideas’ specific programme, the ERC aims to reinforce excellence, dynamism and creativity in European research by funding investigator-driven projects of the highest quality at the frontiers of knowledge [1]. The “Ideas” specific programme’s budget implemented by the ERC is EUR 7.5 billion over a period of seven years. It represents around 15% ...
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October 23, 2013
José Luis Mateos
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Tear up your Textbooks! (critically)

Before getting down to business, I feel I should apologise for the scope of this post. Below, I will deal wth the problems and challenges of a textbook-based education. I am doing this through the lens of a European student that can afford to reject the use of textbooks in class, as I have access to amazing alternatives in libraries, journals and the Internet. However, I am afraid that my situation does not apply to communities that can hardly afford a ...
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September 16, 2013
José Luis Mateos
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The crisis in the Humanities: a matter of numbers

Welcome to the first publication of SIRIS Lab. Interested in the narrative of decline existing within the Humanities, José Luis Mateos has been trying to determine the scope of the crisis. In the following post he offers his views on the topic, highlighting how statistics play a major role in assessing the phenomenon. The Humanities are in crisis, or at least that is what some voices have been claiming recently. But this story is hardly new. Back in 1964, J. H. Plumb published ...
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