What is TransCanadian Networks?

“TransCanadian Networks: Excellence and Transversality from Spain about Canada towards Europe”

This networking project is born out of an interest in joining the material, logistic and intellectual resources of seven research groups, four of which have a solid trajectory in the field of Canadian Studies in Spain. Additionally, it aims at continuing and strengthening the international dimension of their research activities, and advance towards more transversal and multidisciplinary modes of research.

The name TransCanadian Networks has been inspired by a history of academic collaboration between scholars in Canada and Spain through the TransCanada Institute (University of Guelph), directed by Smaro Kamboureli. It is also meant to evoke the kind of transatlantic collaboration we wish to encourage, support and promote.

It has three main objectives

a) to strengthen the continuity of a key research area within English Studies in Spain, Canadian Studies

b) to encourage the international dimension of the research

c) to advance towards multidisciplinary and transversal methodologies that make possible the transference of scientific knowledge between different research areas in the Humanities and the Social Sciences

It is expected that the actions proposed have an important scientific impact, providing impetus for research activities on Canadian Studies in Spain, thus consolidating their results, improving and fostering communication and collaboration. Likewise, the creation and development of the network has been envisioned to contribute to the exchange of scientific knowledge among Spanish groups from diverse areas of research like philology, philosophy and geography, which have a consolidated research trajectory in Spain and share similar thematic, methodologic and conceptual bases.

The network will make a significant impact at an international level too preparing Spanish groups to tackle and even lead the context of research in Europe. The final objective is for the integrated groups to achieve a larger, coherent size as well as a solid multidisciplinary character to be able to compete in Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020.