ENCODE - Bridging the <gap> in Ancient Writing Cultures: ENhance COmpetences in the Digital Era.

Erasmus+ Call 2020 Round 1 KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for higher education.


ENCODE is a three-year (September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2023) Erasmus+ Strategic partnership for higher education, funded by the EU, aimed at bridging the existing gap in the teaching/learning domain of ancient writing cultures between the peculiar humanistic training and the now essential digital competences required for study, research and employment.

Three objectives, touching societal, educational, institutional needs respectively, are set:

- to promote collaborative, participatory and intercultural digital approaches to ancient written heritage through new professional profiles and focused training of skilled graduates;

- to strengthen the crucial cooperation between higher education and cultural heritage institutions supplying materials for teaching and self-training to academics and providing stakeholders with support services;

- to meet learning needs of graduates in the field of highly specialized digital skills applied to the study of ancient writing media in old European, Asian and African languages through innovative teaching modules.

Project duration
01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023

Unibo Team Leader
Prof.ssa Alice Bencivenni

Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna – Department of History and Cultures


- Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Italy);
- Julius Maximilian Universität Würzburg (Germany);

- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium);

- Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy);

- Universität Hamburg (Germany);

- Universitetet I Oslo (Norway);


Euro 447.882,00.

Reasearch fields:

Ancient History; Digital Humanities.

Level II ERC sectors **:

SH5; SH6;