AHRC
Care for the Future:
Thinking Forward
through the Past
Town Meetings
May/June 2013
Andrew Thompson
University of Exeter
Theme Leadership Fellow
Fellow’s Project: “Afterlives of Empire:
Thinking Forward thr...
Theme map
Created by Hattie Allsop, AHRC
Overview of the theme
• How the relationship between the past, present and future shapes our
understanding of the world ar...
Care for the Future: Sites of Engagement
5 major sub-themes:
• Questions of temporality and history
• Inter- and cross-gen...
Questions of temporality and history
Nelson, Deconstructing the Grand Narrative: Using Different Time Concepts and Tempora...
Inter-generational communication, justice,
and exchange
Archard, Generating Justice: The social, legal, political and ethi...
Trauma, conflict and memory:
transitions to new futures
Woodward, Caring for post-military futures: alternative developmen...
Cultural notions of the future
Fyfe, Recreating the late Victorian popular science experience
Source: www.thequietus.com
Environmental change and sustainability
Lavery, The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island...
Co-ordinating Centres for Community Research and
Engagement to Commemorate the Centenary of the
First World War
Future pla...
September 2013 Conference
Centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act
with English Heritage, National Trust and Society of...
Future events – Scheduled & In planning
• Workshop for Early Career Researchers, January 2014 –
with call for ECR developm...
Theme Large Grants
• Beacons of the theme
• £1m - £2m FEC, up to 5 years, 2 – 4 awards
• Nature of large grants
– Ambitiou...
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  1. 1. AHRC Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past Town Meetings May/June 2013
  2. 2. Andrew Thompson University of Exeter Theme Leadership Fellow Fellow’s Project: “Afterlives of Empire: Thinking Forward through an Imperial Past”
  3. 3. Theme map Created by Hattie Allsop, AHRC
  4. 4. Overview of the theme • How the relationship between the past, present and future shapes our understanding of the world around us. • Critical reflection upon the concepts that are used to join together past, present and future – including ‘memory’, ‘legacy’, ‘heritage’, and ‘progress’. • Critical reflection upon the different emotions evoked by reflecting on the past – denial, forgetting, trauma, nostalgia, mourning and celebration. • Representations of the future of humanity can shed light on our hopes and fears for the present. • How we value cultural heritage, and the historical work that informs our understanding of that heritage. • Explore new ways of thinking about temporal relationships, including of the notion of time itself.
  5. 5. Care for the Future: Sites of Engagement 5 major sub-themes: • Questions of temporality and history • Inter- and cross-generational communication, justice and exchange • Trauma, conflict and memory: transitions to new futures • Cultural notions of the future • Environmental change and sustainability Collaborations with other AHRC/cross-council initiatives: • Connected Communities • Cultural Value • Translating Cultures • Researching Environmental Change • Living with Environmental Change
  6. 6. Questions of temporality and history Nelson, Deconstructing the Grand Narrative: Using Different Time Concepts and Temporal Frameworks to Uncover New Voices and Meanings in Museum Collections Source: http://www.datavis.ca/gallery/timelines.php
  7. 7. Inter-generational communication, justice, and exchange Archard, Generating Justice: The social, legal, political and ethical issues of ensuring justice across generations Image: irrational.org – Heath Bunting
  8. 8. Trauma, conflict and memory: transitions to new futures Woodward, Caring for post-military futures: alternative development futures for former military sites in the UK Image: Simon Burchell, Wiki Commons
  9. 9. Cultural notions of the future Fyfe, Recreating the late Victorian popular science experience Source: www.thequietus.com
  10. 10. Environmental change and sustainability Lavery, The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island Source: http://sometimes-interesting.com
  11. 11. Co-ordinating Centres for Community Research and Engagement to Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War Future plans for the Theme Source: Wiki Commons
  12. 12. September 2013 Conference Centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act with English Heritage, National Trust and Society of Antiquaries Image: English Heritage
  13. 13. Future events – Scheduled & In planning • Workshop for Early Career Researchers, January 2014 – with call for ECR developmental awards • ‘Making History Work’ Public Policy Workshop series with the Institute for Government, January - May 2014 • Major International Conference for the Theme in 2015 • Cultural Value - Role of Culture in Post- Conflict Transformation © Carol Ormand, http://serc.carleton.edu
  14. 14. Theme Large Grants • Beacons of the theme • £1m - £2m FEC, up to 5 years, 2 – 4 awards • Nature of large grants – Ambitious, transformative projects – Collaborative: across institutions, disciplines, sectors & internationally – Building research capabilities

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