Policy and Partnerships Perspective’ – Dr Abby Day, AHRC Public Sector Placements Fellow (British Council), University of Kent
Policy and Partnerships Perspective
DR ABBY DAY
AHRC PUBLIC SECTOR PLACEMENT FELLOW
UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Translating Cultures: ‘Belief’ in Cultural Relations
‘Translation’: transmission and sharing of
AHRC PUBLIC SECTOR PLACEMENT FELLOW (BRITISH COUNCIL)
‘Belief in Dialogue’ Programme
12 month Placement Fellowship: I help them
They help me understand how research informs policy
My ten years researching ‘belief’
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,
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 ‘authorised’
Austin, Butler - utterance brings something into being
Bourdieu – performative is relative to power, situated
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.
October 2011: ‘Belief in Dialogue’
Why not test in rapidly changing environments?
Like ‘transitions in the Arab world’
Cross Cultural Language
‘Arab Spring’ – less acceptable/ homogenous
Arab speaking countries are different
Experience in recent ‘revolutions’ are different
Tunisia – rural; Egypt - urban
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.
Ground up (history from below), based on belief
Focus groups, interviews, participant observation,
social media – narratives.
Current and previous literature/media
Egypt visit January 2012
64 ‘young people’; focus groups, informal discussions,
Follow through via Facebook/emails
International 3-day residential workshop : March
2012 University of Kent ‘What does it mean to
Students: Egyptians, Tunisians; UK.
UK & US academics
Sessions structured on Belief Framework: Content,
Practice, Source, Salience, Function, Time, Place.
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
International conferences: New York, UK, Sweden,
Belief- as a value - religious & non religious
As a key contributor to understanding in
Work in Progress
Translating values and beliefs: Relationship with the
Contested position of ‘religion’
Legitimacy and authority
Participants invited by me (Kent, Sussex, BSA)
Combined network of active participants - universities
Theory: social movement, identity, gender , power:
anthropology & sociology of religion.
Practice Impact: Potential of ‘belief’
‘Belief’ has more explanatory and analytical purchase
Through broadest translati0n, can be used to diffuse
some of the barriers in plural, diverse societies
Incorporate ‘belief’ over religion in communications
Templates for local and international events
Skills sharing in publishing and funding
Presentation from the AHRC Translating Cultures development workshop July 2012