Translating Cultures Theme – Dr Ian Lyne and Adam Walker, AHRC
Welcome to the AHRC TranslatingCultures Development Workshop Museum of London July 12th 2012
Timetable for the dayMorning Session, 10:30 – 12:15: Background and Context1) Welcome & introduction from the Chair: Professor Catherine Davies2) Background & introduction to AHRC themes & Translating Cultures: Dr Ian Lyne & Adam Walker (AHRC)3) Keynote Address: ‘Ignorance is Darker than the Night’ Professor Graham Furniss4) Welcome & thoughts from the Translating Cultures Leadership Fellow: Professor Charles Forsdick5) Translating Cultures: Policy & Partnerships Perspective, Dr Abby Day6) Questions
Timetable for the dayLunch & Networking, 12:15 – 13:15Afternoon Session, 13:30 – 16:00: Exploring the theme1) Welcome back & plans for the afternoon sessions2) Breakout sessions3) Feedback & panel session with Translating Cultures Advisory Group4) Next steps, summing up & final questions5) End & networking
Background & Introduction to AHRC Themes & Translating Cultures Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director, AHRC) Adam Walker (Strategy and Development Manager, AHRC)
AHRC Themes: Background • ‘Future Directions’ consultation with researchers (Feb-May 2009) • Further consultation with key partners & Subject Associations & via HEI visits • Themes shaped and refined by Theme Advisory Groups (on-going process)
AHRC Themes • Science in Culture • Digital Transformations • Care for the Future • Translating Cultures • Connected Communities (with other RCs)
Why Themes?• Identifying high level issues that demand responses beyond individual disciplines• Giving focus, but with flexibility, to enable research-generated connective concepts and ideas to emerge• To foster research diversity, richness and coherence around important contemporary issues• To help form collaborative partnerships beyond academia in a more coordinated way• To strengthen research communities and capacity
What do we want Themes to achieve?• To support the development of research capabilities in emerging research areas• To support high quality cutting edge research, creativity, innovation and intellectual leadership• To stimulate boundary-crossing collaborations and partnerships• To develop new pathways and narratives for the impact of arts and humanities research
Ongoing support for Themes: 2012-15 and beyond• Themes represent a long-term investment in the intellectual landscape - in this Delivery Plan and beyond• Themes are diverse in nature - different funding and support patterns appropriate over future years• Theme-relevant proposals are welcomed in all AHRC funding schemes – the Themes can help link up and build on proposals• The Theme Leadership Fellow and Advisory Group will play a key role in helping to shape and unify the rich diversity of research questions encompassed by a Theme
Translating Cultures• Need for understanding & communication across diverse cultures• Role of ‘translation’, in its broadest sense, in transmission & sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories & narratives• Addressing issues including: cultural exchange & diplomacy, multiculturalism, tolerance, identities & migration, youth / on-line language & identity• Promoting work across languages, disciplines & sectors
Strategic Question 1How can research into languages and cultures anywhere in the world and at any time: Contribute effectively to key public policy concerns such as security, economic growth, migration and the environment by informing the work of policy makers and public, private & third sector organisations?
Strategic Question 2How can research into languages and cultures anywhere in the world and at any time: Develop our understanding of issues and interactions such as youth culture, popular culture, inter-generational relations and diasporic culture and of written, oral and performing cultures, both from a historical perspective and in the more contemporary context of digital media and communications?
Strategic Question 3How can research into languages and cultures anywhere in the world and at any time: Help to develop knowledge and understanding of the process and nature of translation and interpretation across cultures, dialects and sectors?
Activity to Date• Appointment of Advisory Group• Appointment of theme Fellow• Highlight notices in Networking & Fellowships: 22 and 29 awards made• Research Development call: – 30k FEC, 6 months – Networking / collaborative activity – 2 ROs, 1 non-RO – Responding to 1 of the strategic questions
Theme Large Grants• £1m - £2m fec, up to 5 years, 2 – 4 awards• Timetable: – Autumn 2012: call for outline proposals – Jan 2013: closing date for outline proposals – Late March 2013: notification of outcomes – May 2013: deadline for full proposals – August 2013: outcomes announced – Oct 2013 – April 2014: project commencement• Nature of large grants – Ambitious, transformative projects – Collaborative: across institutions, disciplines, sectors & internationally – Building research capabilities
Other Possible Activity• Highlight notices• Exploratory / Development awards• Partnership activity• International work• Supplementary projects
Timetable for the dayMorning Session, 10:30 – 12:15: Background and Context1) Welcome & introduction: Professor Catherine Davies2) Background & introduction to AHRC themes & Translating Cultures: Dr Ian Lyne & Adam Walker3) Keynote Address: ‘Ignorance is Darker than the Night’ Professor Graham Furniss4) Welcome & thoughts from the Translating Cultures Leadership Fellow: Professor Charles Forsdick5) Translating Cultures: Policy & Partnerships Perspective: Dr Abby Day6) Questions