As the C3MF enters a new phase of research and development activities in the coming decade, the IEI will form an integral part of its new plans. To the Foundation’s current research-centered agenda, the IEI will add the following:
Either independently or under the aegis of an established international press, and in theme-based lists/series, the IEI publishing house plans to bring out three publications per year for the 2006-2007 period, increasing to 6 publications pear year thereafter. IEI’s publications will constitute one series among other genres of the publishing house (fiction, drama, poetry).
To facilitate and promote academic exchange and to give a forum to the researchers to present their work, the institute will organize two conferences or roundtables per year.
The IEI will award 4 themed long term fellowships, for national (2) and international (2) researchers every year (6-12 months). Additionally, there are 5 short-term (summer) research internships available.
One of each fellowship (long term and short term) will be reserved for a visiting artist, playwright, writer in residence, theatre, or film director, who will be invited to work on the general theme of each year.
The IEI will create a prize for outstanding efforts and achievements in the promotion of cultural development in Nicaragua.
The IEI will set up a theme-oriented and constantly growing technical library along the lines of each year’s general theme or topic.
Continuing the work of Ken Hale (MIT) and his colleagues (“Linguistas por Nicaragua”), the IEI will install a linguistic archive to collect and systematize disperse unpublished material (manuscripts/tapes) and make it accessible to a wider public in an effort to rescue indigenous languages in Nicaragua (Miskita, Sumu, Rama and Garifona). Related research shall be of interdisciplinary character, including ethnographical and anthropological aspects.
Through the IEI’s academic advisory board and visiting researchers, the IEI will work to establish cooperative partnerships with both national and international universities and research centers. Initially the IEI expects to establish the following partnerships:
o University of Iowa (Michel Gobat)
o Tulane University (Justin Wolfe)
o University of Vienna (Andre Gingrich)
o Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) Vienna (Heiko Haumann)
o Bolzmann Institut für Bewußtseinspsychologie und transkulturelle Psychotherapie, Vienna (Gerhard Benetka)
o University of Graz (Peter Strasser, Karl Acham)
o URACCAN (Georg Grünberg)
o Universidad de Alcalá (Héctor Brioso)
o UCA (Yolanda Gadea)
o IHNCA-UCA (Margarita Vannini)
o Universidad de Sevilla (Noel Rivas)