[Humanist] 27.812 petition in support of Leipzig

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Fri Feb 21 07:02:57 CET 2014


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 812.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:03:34 +0100
        From: Elisabeth Burr <elisabeth.burr at uni-leipzig.de>
        Subject: Institute of Romance Studies, University of Leipzig, under sincere threat - please sign petition


Dear Digital Humanists,

the Institute of Romance Studies of the University of Leipzig is under 
sincere threat (see below). As you might know, members of this institute 
are also part of the Digital Humanities community and are trying hard to 
integrate Digital Humanities into Romance Studies in general and to 
foster the institution of Digital Humanities at Leipzig University.

Please help us to save the Institute of Romance Studies at the 
University of Leipzig by signing the petition at http://chn.ge/MDaRh3

With my best regards,
Elisabeth Burr
___________________________________________________________

To the State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, 
Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine Baroness von Schorlemer

For the preservation of positions and competences at the Institute for 
Romance Studies of the University of Leipzig 



Petition of the Institute of Romance Studies of the University of Leipzig

The State Government of the Free State of Saxony has decided to cut a 
large number of positions (1042) at Saxonian universities between 2016 
and 2020. Every year will see approximately 24 positions axed from 
Leipzig University alone. A large number of the cuts will directly 
affect the Faculty of Philology. To date about 14 positions have been 
targeted for closure, but more cuts are sure to follow. The Institute of 
Romance Studies is also affected; its continued existence is uncertain.

We call upon the State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the 
Arts of the Free State of Saxony and the Rectorate of the University of 
Leipzig to withdraw the massive cuts of positions.

The structural changes proposed by the Rectorate are particularly 
damaging to the Institute of Romance Studies in three main areas:

I.the suppression of the Professorship for Spanish, Latin-American, 
Portuguese, and Brazilian Linguistics, including administrative and 
academic staff, to a total of 2.5 positions

II.the “proportional” transfer of the Professorship for Francophone, 
French, and Italian Linguistics to another institute

III.the suppression of the French/Francophone focus of the 
Professorship for Hispanic and Lusitanian Literature and Cultural Studies

The Institute of Romance Studies rejects all three proposals from the 
Rectorate. The planned changes will result in a severe shortage in 
teaching capacity and are impossible to implement in an academically 
responsible way. 

The Rectorate's proposal means the end of an internationally 
recognized Romance Studies, especially as an independent discipline, at 
Leipzig University.

We urge the Saxon State Parliament, the state government of the Free 
State of Saxony and the Rectorate of the University of Leipzig, to 
withdraw the planned cuts in positions and to allow the Institute of 
Roanance Studies to continue its work to the full.

This petition is addressed to the President of the Saxon State 
Parliament, Dr. Matthias Rößler, to the State Minister for Higher 
Education, Research and the Arts/of the Free State of Saxony, Prof. 
Dr. Dr. Sabine Baroness von Schorlemer, and to the Rector of the 
University of Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking.

We kindly ask you to support the Institute of Romance Studies as a 
central research and teaching discipline in Leipzig by signingthe 
petition http://chn.ge/MDaRh3and by passing it on to others.

We thank you for your support. Best wishes,

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alfonso de Toro

Professor for French, Francophone, Spanisch, Latin-American and 
Portuguese Literature und Cultural Studies
Director of the Institute for Romance Studies
Director of the Ibero-American Research Centre
Director of the Centre de Recherches Francophones de Leipzig

	
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Burr
Professor for French, Francophone, and Italian Linguistics
Vice-Director of the Institute for Romance Studies
Director of the Centre d'Études Québécoises




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