"Deutsch plus" - A Program for Multilingualism in Teaching and Research
In Germany, the use of English for scientific publications and as the language of conferences is common practice especially in the natural and engineering sciences. Nevertheless, styles of thinking and language are so inextricably intertwined that the translation of scholarly and scientific work into another language often proceeds at the cost of significant loss of expression, emphasis and meaning. Via the language used specific patterns of cognition and interpretation and concepts which were coined by the respective culture find their way into processes of academic research and teaching.
Within a context of multilingualism this initiative seeks to attract more international attention to German as a language of science and to lend more weight to research results obtained in the German language. The initiative encompasses four components:
Calls for proposals concerning multilingual courses of study
At present, project drafts may be submitted. Please consult the respective contact person before submission.
Translation of outstanding German academic books and papers
Deadline for proposals: December 31 of each year
The funding of translations will be granted on the basis of a contest.
Applications may be submitted until October 15, 2011 after acceptance of a pre-proposal.
Funding will be made available for research projects dealing with the linguistic and cultural imprint on academic thinking and production.
Drafts are accepted at any time.
Events in the form of conferences, lectures, disputations and panel discussions designed to focus attention on multilingualism in teaching in research.