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Policy and Partnerships Perspective


             DR ABBY DAY
AHRC PUBLIC SECTOR PLACEMENT FELLOW
          (BRITISH COUN...
Translating Cultures: ‘Belief’ in Cultural Relations


‘Translation’: transmission and sharing of
Languages
Values
Beli...
AHRC PUBLIC SECTOR PLACEMENT FELLOW (BRITISH COUNCIL)




            ‘Belief in Dialogue’ Programme

12 month Placement F...
British Council

76 years as cultural organisation in more than 100
countries - NGO, public (FCO) and private funds



Foc...
Belief in cultural relations:




What is belief?

How does it work over time and place?
‘belief’ in language and culture


Asad - what is religious belief varies by time and place
– according to what is ‘author...
Belief framework

Model developed through my research. See Day, Abby:
“Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity ...
AHRC/BC Fellowship


October 2011: ‘Belief in Dialogue’

Why not test in rapidly changing environments?

Like ‘transitions...
Cross Cultural Language


‘Arab Spring’ – less acceptable/ homogenous

 Arab speaking countries are different
 Experience ...
‘Revolution’?


Regime loses legitimacy
Not over, incomplete, may not succeed: “too early to
tell” - liminality?
Unfair cr...
Ethnographic method

Ground up (history from below), based on belief
narratives:

Focus groups, interviews, participant ob...
January/February 2012



Egypt visit January 2012

64 ‘young people’; focus groups, informal discussions,
Cairo, Qena

Fol...
March 2012


International 3-day residential workshop : March
  2012 University of Kent ‘What does it mean to
  believe?’
...
Follow up

March 23rd - 25th Cairo: 15 from Kent symposium +
Egypt, BC facilitated Cultural Exchange event

March 26 1 ‘st...
Belief- as a value - religious & non religious


As a key contributor to understanding in
societies:

      Pluralistic
 ...
Work in Progress


Translating values and beliefs: Relationship with the
 ‘others’

Contested position of ‘religion’

Gene...
Partnership impact

Networks:

Participants invited by me (Kent, Sussex, BSA)
British Council

Combined network of active ...
Academic impact


Theory: social movement, identity, gender , power:
anthropology & sociology of religion.
Practice Impact: Potential of ‘belief’



‘Belief’ has more explanatory and analytical purchase
  than ‘religion’

Through...
Partner impact

In progress:

Incorporate ‘belief’ over religion in communications

Templates for local and international ...
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Policy and Partnerships Perspective’ – Dr Abby Day, AHRC Public Sector Placements Fellow (British Council), University of Kent

  1. 1. Policy and Partnerships Perspective DR ABBY DAY AHRC PUBLIC SECTOR PLACEMENT FELLOW (BRITISH COUNCIL) UNIVERSITY OF KENT UK
  2. 2. Translating Cultures: ‘Belief’ in Cultural Relations ‘Translation’: transmission and sharing of Languages Values Beliefs Histories Narratives
  3. 3. AHRC PUBLIC SECTOR PLACEMENT FELLOW (BRITISH COUNCIL) ‘Belief in Dialogue’ Programme 12 month Placement Fellowship: I help them understand ‘belief’ They help me understand how research informs policy My ten years researching ‘belief’
  4. 4. British Council 76 years as cultural organisation in more than 100 countries - NGO, public (FCO) and private funds Focus on cultural engagement, education, events My work: BC offices in London, New York, Cairo, Tunis.
  5. 5. Belief in cultural relations: What is belief? How does it work over time and place?
  6. 6. ‘belief’ in language and culture Asad - what is religious belief varies by time and place – according to what is ‘authorised’ Austin, Butler - utterance brings something into being (performative) Bourdieu – performative is relative to power, situated
  7. 7. Belief framework Model developed through my research. See Day, Abby: “Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World” Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2011. Content Sources Practices Salience Function Time Place
  8. 8. AHRC/BC Fellowship October 2011: ‘Belief in Dialogue’ Why not test in rapidly changing environments? Like ‘transitions in the Arab world’
  9. 9. Cross Cultural Language ‘Arab Spring’ – less acceptable/ homogenous Arab speaking countries are different Experience in recent ‘revolutions’ are different Tunisia – rural; Egypt - urban
  10. 10. ‘Revolution’? Regime loses legitimacy Not over, incomplete, may not succeed: “too early to tell” - liminality? Unfair criticism: ‘No programme!’ (Occupy) Countered with ‘romantic horizontalism’ This is different: don’t know what will happen.
  11. 11. Ethnographic method Ground up (history from below), based on belief narratives: Focus groups, interviews, participant observation, social media – narratives. Current and previous literature/media Symposia/workshops
  12. 12. January/February 2012 Egypt visit January 2012 64 ‘young people’; focus groups, informal discussions, Cairo, Qena Follow through via Facebook/emails
  13. 13. March 2012 International 3-day residential workshop : March 2012 University of Kent ‘What does it mean to believe?’ Students: Egyptians, Tunisians; UK. UK & US academics Sessions structured on Belief Framework: Content, Practice, Source, Salience, Function, Time, Place.
  14. 14. Follow up March 23rd - 25th Cairo: 15 from Kent symposium + Egypt, BC facilitated Cultural Exchange event March 26 1 ‘stakeholder’ event - 24 young Arabs Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco [Syria] - BC Staff, Faculty University of York, American University in Cairo International conferences: New York, UK, Sweden, Publications
  15. 15. Belief- as a value - religious & non religious As a key contributor to understanding in societies:  Pluralistic  Changing  Potentially divisive  Culturally diverse
  16. 16. Work in Progress Translating values and beliefs: Relationship with the ‘others’ Contested position of ‘religion’ Generational relationships Legitimacy and authority
  17. 17. Partnership impact Networks: Participants invited by me (Kent, Sussex, BSA) British Council Combined network of active participants - universities NGOs
  18. 18. Academic impact Theory: social movement, identity, gender , power: anthropology & sociology of religion.
  19. 19. Practice Impact: Potential of ‘belief’ ‘Belief’ has more explanatory and analytical purchase than ‘religion’ Through broadest translati0n, can be used to diffuse some of the barriers in plural, diverse societies
  20. 20. Partner impact In progress: Incorporate ‘belief’ over religion in communications Templates for local and international events Skills sharing in publishing and funding

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