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AHRC launches new event series for the arts and humanities research community

From November 2019 to February 2020, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will be touring the UK with a series of free one day events packed with panel sessions, speakers and networking opportunities.

Register here.

The events will help researchers, research offices, communications, policy and public engagement professionals get a deeper insight into our newly launched Delivery Plan and meet the team from AHRC.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear top tips from industry experts on how to engage key audiences with ground-breaking research and explore how our community can work together to champion the arts and humanities, tackle contemporary issues and generate impact.

The ‘Meet the Arts and Humanities Research Council’ events will run approximately from 10am – 5pm, with an additional evening reception for those who would like to attend. Events will take place at the following locations:

Cardiff University – 6 November 2019
University of Strathclyde – 10 December 2019
The University of Manchester – 9 January 2020

There will also be an event in London in spring 2020. Full details will be released and registration for this event will open shortly.

A full agenda for the day will be released approximately one month before each event.

Find out more here.

Funding opportunity – Being Human festival 2017

I am delighted to announce that Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will be returning for a fourth year between 17-25 November 2017.

Many of you will know already that Being Human is run by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. It provides as a national platform to share research in the humanities in fun and engaging ways with non-academic audiences. Our festival theme this year is ‘Lost and Found’.

As always, we are offering a number of grants to support public engagement activities across the UK. You can apply for a ‘Small Award’, a ‘Hub Award’, or apply to take part with an event that does not require funding from the festival. Please take a look at our full call for applications for details: www.beinghumanfestival.org/apply.

Last year’s programme was an incredible display of humanities fun (also featuring lots of events in collaboration with scientists, artists, social scientists). You can take a look at the programme here. There are also now a number of case-studies on the website which should be useful if you are thinking of applying.

Need further inspiration? Take a look through our gallery from 2016 events here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/image-gallery/

The deadline for funded applications is 5pm 10 April.

Posted on behalf of Dr Michael Eades, Curator – Being Human festival of the humanities

Come and share your digging stories – Saturday 8 March 2014

Come and share your digging stories informally to explore what digging means to you, your community and our society.

Saturday 8 March 2014, 11.00-14.00, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

What does digging mean to you? From the 17th Century Diggers’ Movement, to the Wartime ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, we are witnessing a resurgence of digging and digging related activities across a range of media and government policy tools.

How might digging shape and reshape our values? In times of austerity and increased concerns around food and the environment, digging offers opportunities to rethink our values and our communities.

Find out more about the cultural values of digging – as evidenced through ‘digging’ projects in the North West of England: The Big Dig, The Wigan Diggers’ Festival and the Wartime Gardeners.

Reasonable travel expenses (up to £25 per person) will be reimbursed.

This event and the research project are supported by the AHRC Cultural Value project.

Register here: https://culturalvalues.eventbrite.co.uk

Posted by Erinma Ochu, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow