Four Degrees of Freedom, a film that needs your support

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“To connect with someone is not a goal, it is a journey”

By Claudio.

Dear mates, colleagues, sisters and brothers from all over the globe, I have been honoured to be part of this amazing project that brings to light our special existence. We Crossways are one of the pillars of the “6 degrees of separation” theory and I hope you won’t hate my face and voice when (among other things) I will be speaking of my experience as Mundus student.

I believe this project to be the voice of our human path but it needs your tiny greatful help to reach life. THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE HEART.

No matter what language we speak, we all share the language of humanity.

THANKS FOR BREATHING WITH US.

Click here to support the project.

 

 

The film explores whether two strangers can be connected through the random people they know. Paul is a software engineer from Glasgow and he knows five languages. He uses a microwave that can speak. Grandma Lena is a housewife from Gudevitsa – a small village in Bulgaria and she knows only one language – Bulgarian. Grandma Lena uses an oven, fuelled by wood. Paul is blind but he has travelled all over the world while Grandma Lena‘s eyes have seen only the beauty of Gudevitsa. The film follows a journey starting from Paul with the idea of reaching Grandma Lena through several connections. The goal of the film is to show the way we connect with each other and the world around us – and how a camera and the film making process can capture this.

The film is an experiment which tests the “six degrees of separation” theory. This theory claims that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. This means that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be used to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Harsh’s new book is coming soon!

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Did you know that a talented writer join our programme this year ?

Get excited, Harsh Trivedi’s new novel Against Ambedkar, Against the World will be  available soon!

In this futuristic story, Harsh takes us on an intriguing journey and tells us about caste dynamics in the modern Indian society.

Watch Against Ambedkar, Against the World‘s trailer now and you’ll be dying to devour its pages:

Visit harshtrivedi.net for more information and don’t forget to like the author’s Facebook page!

Happy Erasmus Mundus Day from St Andrews!

Although the Scottish wind didn’t let us have a bonfire night, around 20 Erasmus Mundus students and alumni of four different masters came and celebrate the Erasmus Mundus Day in St Andrews around delicious pizzas and various cocktails. It was great to meet people studying completely different subjects and still living the same kind of nomadic life as ours!
Thanks for coming guys and … happy Erasmus Mundus Day!

What’s on?

It’s only mid-November and so much already happened in the community!

– Our dear alumni Isabelle, currently on her second year of PhD at the University of St Andrews, had a very successful month! She was invited at a major interdisciplinary and international conference held at the University of St Andrews on the past and present of the relationship between Mexico and the United Kingdom. This was for her the occasion to present the results of her masters thesis on ‘British Imperialism in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. A Comparative Analysis through British and Mexican Novels’. She then travelled to the University College London where she gave a paper on ‘Literariness as Decolonial Subversion in the Zapatista Discourse’ at the Twelth Annual Historical Materialism Conference. Congrats Isa, that’s what we call a terrific 2d year kick off!

 – For the Erasmus Mundus Day, will be defying the Scottish wheather by having a bonfire a St Andrews’ beach. EXCLUSIVITY: the delicious and soon-to-be-world-famous Mundus-Cocktail will be revealed!

And you, what are you doing for the Erasmus Mundus Day? http://www.em-a.eu/en/home/archive-activities-to-join/newsdetail-activities-to-join/ema-day-2015-call-for-ambassadors-1837.html. Pique-nique, bonfire, pub meeting, international dinner, there’s a lot you can do to celebrate this international event!

 – How communications within and about our masters could be improved? Answer this short survey to help us improve our use of social media: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2F63X8M.

Amazing Talks by our Graduates

Just before the graduation ceremony took place, some of our wonderful graduates came on the stage of Perpignan Theatre to share with us the results of their research and inspire the new students. From the hysterical realist novel to travel literature, we had the opportunity to acknowledge how original and varied our masters dissertation are. In the true Crossways spirit, we even had a presentation in English with Portuguese slides, and one in French with English explanations.
Diverse, polyglots, successful researchers and inspirational speakers, that who our graduates are!

 

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Crossways Student Representative Election

Here below (in no particular order) you will find the profiles of the candidates:

 

Merve Gürel

I started university when I was 16 and  graduated from American Culture and Literature department when I was 20 years old. Briefly,  I am a life- long language learner, explorer, free lance writer and philanthropist. Turkish is my mother tongue. I can speak English and French fluently. In addition, I am willing to improve my Spanish and Polish. I have taught English to pre-sessional learners in the preparatory English school of Bilkent University since 2009. While I was teaching, I completed the Cambridge certificate for English teachers CELTA (2010) and DELTA (2014) the diploma.Then, I did an MA in Management in Education and graduated in June 2015. I took classes such as classroom management, curriculum design and human resources management. During my time as a language teacher I did two pieces of research in education. I won a scholarship from my university and presented my paper in 13th Annual IATEFL Conference in Liverpool, England.Apart from my academic studies, I took part in the orientation program designed for newly recruited teachers from Boston, USA. We went to field trips around Turkey and I helped them adapt to Turkish culture.Before I had become a language teacher, I worked for a newspaper.  I did an interview in the Ministry of Turkish Culture and  prepared an article about Frankfurt Book Fair. This news was published in Turkish daily news  (now known as Hurriyet Daily News).Apart from my experience in media, I worked as a receptionist in Club Med Palmiye.  I worked as a GO (gentille organisateur), helped guests check in, did  French-Turkish translations and resolved  problems. This work experience helped me improve my French.I would like to be the 2015-2017 Crossways Representative because I am an educator whose interpersonal and intrapersonal skills are well developed. I can empathize with people easily and I can keep calm in times of crisis. I am preemptive and can take action before a problem occurs. I love making connections with people and I love social interactions. I believe all my previous background as a journalist, receptionist and teacher has helped me to be the person I am now. If I am elected, I know I will be very successful in promoting Erasmus Mundus and making students’ lives easier because I can say “I have been there”.

Isabel Carrasco

Isabel Carrasco

Hello,

My name is Isabel Carrasco, I am 24 years old and I am from Mexico City. I am a cheerful, happy, committed and rational person who loves meeting people and sharing experiences. I studied English Literature at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.). While finishing my bachelor’s thesis, I worked at prestigious publishing house, Fernández Editores, as editor for the Basic Education area. At the same time I worked as assistant professor at U.N.A.M. which gave me the tools needed to help and understand the student’s needs, to see the importance of talking and listening to other people’s opinions and concerns. Also, I worked for more than a year as an intern in a very interesting project, Estudios críticos sobre géneros populares, focused on popular genres and the relation it has to literature, cinema, television, and other media. Working at this project helped me not only while writing my thesis but also to see how it is to work in something related to the field of literature.

Working in these projects filled me with amazing experiences and showed me how fulfilling is to complement studies with extracurricular activities. As a result, I would love to continue my studies in the same direction and, therefore, I would like to run for Crossways Student Representative and work hand in hand with all of you. If elected, I will devote myself to listen, contribute, and solve any inconvenient, doubt, or issue you might have.  I will be honoured and very grateful if you give me this opportunity.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best wishes,

Isabel

 

Maria Luiza Porto

Maria Luiza Porto

Dear fellows,
My name is Maria Luiza Porto and I’m from Brazil. I majored in Social Communications at Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio), and also have an MA in Film and Screen Studies from Goldsmiths College (University of London), in which I had the pleasure to be a Class Rep in front of staff and lecturers meetings.

Furthermore, I’ve been working as a multimedia writer for over 10 years, creating and adapting content for a wide range of platforms, such as online features, magazines, newspapers, games and TV.

I believe that my broad work experience gave me the ability to multitask with both agility and serenity. I am also very keen on interpersonal relationships, always up for a cup of coffee and a nice chat. My mobility pathway includes Santiago de Compostela, Lisbon and Perpignan, respectively.

To sum up, I would like to add that, for me, being a Student Representative at the Crossways in Cultural Narratives programme is a great chance to also explore the boundaries of this experience in practice. Bearing in mind the need to orchestrate all voices and backgrounds into one harmonic choir.

 

Laura Aguilera

Laura Aguilera

Hello!

My name is Laura, I’m 24 years old and I was born in Honduras. Two years ago I graduated from the University of Essex, in the UK, where I studied a B. A. in Humanities. My background is in 18th and 19th century studies, with a particular interest in the European Enlightenment and turn of the (20th) century art. Last year I was in Germany, learning about the field of heritage. There, I narrowed down my research interest to the way in which people relate to nature and how these relationships have helped shape European modernity.

I am interested in being a student representative because I understand the importance of effective communication in order to ensure the quality of interdisciplinary courses. I had the opportunity to represent my fellow students at Essex or 3 years. I saw first-hand the positive impact an open channel of communication between students and staff can have on the overall satisfaction of students.

You don’t know me yet, but I’m friendly, I promise! I am a good listener and I enjoy problem solving. I like helping people and, if asked, I am happy voicing concern others may be reluctant to raise. I believe that open communication is the best way to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts. And that every one of us ought to have the chance to express their doubts and issues regarding their studies. This MA is very important to me as I am sure it is for you all. I will take my role seriously and I believe I can do a good job at representing us.

Also, let me tell you, I have experience dealing with emails. I received lots of them as a student assistant in Germany, when I was in charge of communication with incoming students. This is why I can promise you that if you send me lots of emails with lots of issues, I will be able to sort through them and get back to you with relevant information.

I am prepared to represent you, please let me do so.

Best of luck and see you at Perpignan during the induction days!

Who is this blog for?

As Crossways in Cultural Narratives students and alumni, we quite often find ourselves lost in translation, stuck in the chronotope of the third space. This website aims at creating a community among us as a virtual home in our peregrinations. Here we can provide the newbies with useful tips on how to survive the perpetual moving from a country to another and the sleepless nights staring at the blank page that will soon become their loved and hated dissertation. We can also share our stories and creations, and get inspired by the trajectories of the alumni. Thanks to the Facebook group, we can share our knowledge and tips, but also create a space of mutual aid where to ask for help and link with our fellow alumni across the world. With the LinkedIn group, let’s share our experiences and opportunities, helping each other in the terrifying and yet exciting professional reality.
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Find out more about the Crossways program here and join the Erasmus Mundus Association there.