Texas Tech Selected to Participate in Prestigious European Union Research Project | KLBK | KAMC


LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:

Texas University of Technology is one of four institutions in the country selected to participate in a global research project funded by the European Union (EU). Entitled “FAILURE: Reversing the Genealogies of Unsuccess, 16th-19th centurys” (REVFAIL), the two-year project aims to facilitate the mobility of professors and students in the humanities across Europe and the Americas.

“We are delighted to collaborate with these prestigious institutions of higher education in Europe, Latin America and the United States on this project of academic exchange and exchange of researchers in the humanities,” said Aliza Wangprofessor of history and acting dean of Texas Tech’s Specialized college. “Being accepted as one of the member institutions is a great honor and recognition of Texas Tech’s commitment to being a global partner in education, research, outreach and engagement. Honors College is excited to lead this initiative, and we invite Texas Tech faculty across campus to join us in this endeavor.

Last spring, Wong and Stefano D’AmicoProfessor of the story at Texas Tech College of Arts and Scienceswrote a letter to Skyline Europethe main EU funding program for research and innovation, formerly known as Marie Curie – Exchange grant for research and innovation, affirming Texas Tech’s willingness to participate in REVFAIL. In January, Texas Tech was officially invited to join the consortium of 15 member institutions.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with exceptional humanists and recognition of Texas Tech’s global reputation,” D’Amico said. “With my colleagues from Humanities Center and the humanities departments at Texas Tech, we hope to engage in many lively conversations not only about this failure project, but about other processes of inquiry and understanding in the humanities.

Within Horizon Europe is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which funds the doctoral and postdoctoral training of researchers with an emphasis on cross-border mobility. This international mobility is at the heart of REVFAIL, which aims to explore the nuanced concept of failure and its relationship to marginalization through interdisciplinary discourse, knowledge transfer and collaboration.

“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity for Texas Tech scholars to host and engage with humanities scholars from across the EU and Latin America,” said Joseph HepertVice President for Research and Innovation at Research & Innovation Office. “International scientific cooperation enriches our understanding of the diverse perspectives reflected in the experiences of our entire human family. Given the challenges we see unfolding in the world today, I can think of few activities more valuable than this. Kudos to Aliza and the entire team for bringing this vision to life.

For periods of one to two months, Texas Tech will host humanities researchers from member institutions in Europe and Latin America. Supported by the MSCA program, these international scholars will collaborate with Texas Tech faculty for the duration of their stay.

“Being selected as a member of this consortium elevates Texas Tech’s ability to engage with international scholars, here and abroad,” said Ronald Hendrik, provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It recognizes our ability to be a global partner in education, research and outreach with some of the best and brightest.”

REVFAIL is coordinated by the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (MIAS), housed within the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).

“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Texas Tech as a member institution of this EU grant,” said Antonio Alvarez-Ossorio Alvariño, professor at UAM and director of MIAS. “We look forward to future collaborations with Texas Tech and view this humanities research exchange as the beginning of a productive and meaningful scientific exchange.”

Here are the institutions that have been selected to participate in REVFAIL:

  • Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • Casa de Velazquez, Spain
  • Circle of Bellas Artes, Spain
  • NOVA University of Lisboa, Portugal
  • ​School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, France
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Federal Fluminense University, Brazil
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Tulane University, USA
  • Brown University, USA
  • Texas Tech University, USA

(Texas Tech University press release)

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