Call for Co-ordinating Centres to Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War & the Care for the Future Theme
Call for Co-ordinating Centres toCommemorate the Centenaryof the First World War&the Care for the Future ThemeTheme Leadership Fellow:Professor Andrew ThompsonUniversity of Exetera.firstname.lastname@example.orgProject Co-ordinatorMs Christine Boylec.email@example.com
Care for the Future:Thinking Forward through the PastThe relationship between the past, present and futureshapes our understanding of the world around us. Whether itis the perceived consequences of past events, the urgency ofpresent concerns, or the challenges of real or imaginedfutures, the structures of time intersect with and inform oursense of ourselves in myriad ways.Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Pastaffords an opportunity for researchers in the arts andhumanities to explore the dynamic relationship that existsbetween past, present and future through a temporallyinflected lens.
Care for the Future: Sites of Engagement5 major sub-themes:• Questions of temporality and history• Cultural notions of the future• Environmental change and sustainability• Inter- and cross-generational communication, justice andexchange• Trauma, conflict and memory: transitions to new futures
Trauma, conflict and memory:transitions to new futuresWoodward, Caring for post-military futures:alternative development futures for former militarysites in the UKImage: Simon Burchell, Wiki CommonsExploring ‘What does it mean tocome to terms with the past’?• Reproduction of past conflictsacross generations and thedynamics of cultural memory• Reconciling of competingmemories of past traumas, andhow (far) individuals andsocieties are able mourn, forgetand forgive.This sub-theme also includes issues of restitution, reparation andreconciliation, and their effects on how aspects of our past are invokedand interpreted, as well as the ways in which the past is politicised forthe purposes of shaping different and alternative futures.
Exploratory awardsImage: http://ww1intheclassroom.exeter.ac.uk/‘How is the First World War taught in Englishschools, and what does that mean for Englishcultural memory of the war?’The First World War in the ClassroomDr Catriona Pennell, PI‘What makes a centenary different to anyother commemoration?’The Significance of theCentenaryDr Joanne Sayner, PIImage: Screenshot, Google image search, ‘Centenary’
Care for the Future links to call• Contribute to AHRC’s Care for the Future Theme, i.e. throughcritical reflection on issues such as processes of commemoration,cross-cultural and contested perspectives on the past, theevolution and transmission of cultural memory and heritage.• Foster two way dialogue between academic and public historicalresearch related to the First World War.• Reflect on the purposes of centenary commemoration - what isbeing remembered, for whom and why?• Explore the different histories embedded in heritage.
Care for the Future links to call• Whose voices are heard in commemoration and whose are not?The selectivity of cultural memory, the diversity of perspectiveson the war from different types of community, including whenand why commemoration can become difficult and divisive.• How the impact of the war itself, as well as its longer-termlegacies, are understood by the individuals and communitiesaffected by it.• When and why commemoration can become difficult anddivisive.• What can we learn from the way the centenary is marked acrossdifferent communities and countries?