Wider AHRC Themes

Alongside the Connected Communities Programme the AHRC funds under four themes identified through the Future Directions for Arts and Humanities Research consultation in 2009. The AHRC's themes provide a funding focus for emerging areas of interest to arts and humanities researchers. More information is available on the AHRC website.

Digital Transformations

Leadership Fellow: Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow)

Digital Transformations aims to exploit the potential of digital technologies to transform research in the arts and humanities, and to ensure that arts and humanities research is at the forefront of tackling crucial issues such as intellectual property, cultural memory and identity, and communication and creativity in a digital age.

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Care for the Future

Leadership Fellow: Andrew Thompson (University of Exeter)

Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past’ affords an opportunity for researchers in the arts and humanities to generate new novel understandings of the relationship between the past and the future, and the challenges and opportunities of the present through a temporally-inflected lens.

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Translating Cultures

Leadership Fellow: Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

In a world seen to be increasingly characterized by transnational and globalized connections, the need for understanding and communication within, between and across diverse cultures is stronger than ever. The Translating Cultures theme addresses this need by studying the role of translation, understood in its broadest sense, in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives.

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Science in Culture 

Leadership Fellow: Barry Smith (University of London)

The ‘Science in Culture’ theme aims to develop the reciprocal relationship between the sciences on the one hand, and arts and humanities on the other. The sciences and the arts and humanities often seek to answer very different kinds of questions about human nature, the nature of the world we inhabit, and the relationship between the two. Sometimes, however, the questions we seek to answer do not neatly fall within the remit of one or the other.

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Conflict

Leadership Fellow: David Galbreath (University of Bath)

The Conflict theme covers a very wide range of research issues:  from the causes and emergence of conflict, to the prosecution and consequences of conflict and how to end conflict and deal with its legacy. As a cross-Council partnership the theme will seek to encourage inter-disciplinary approaches drawing together relevant research across the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences plus some areas in science and engineering, much of which will not be explicitly labelled or considered as conflict research. It will also seek to promote collaboration with the public, private and civic sectors, and with policy-makers and communities seeking to address the diverse challenges posed by conflict around the globe.

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