The relationship between the past, present, and future shapes our understanding of the world around us. Whether it is the perceived consequences of past events, the urgency of present concerns, or the challenges of real or imagined futures, the structures of time intersect with and inform our sense of ourselves in myriad ways. Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past affords an opportunity for researchers in the arts and humanities to explore the dynamic relationship that exists between past, present, and future through a temporally inflected lens.

Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past is one of four Arts and Humanities Research Council themes developed by the AHRC Advisory Board and Council in consultation with key partners and Subject Associations. The themes aim to promote innovative interdisciplinary and collaborative research that fosters knowledge exchange within and between research institutions and the wider world.

News and Events

7 January 2016: Report on Connecting with the Past: The Fundamental Principles in Critical Historical Perspective published.


The Care for the Future ECR conference is being planned for Winter 2016 – watch this space!


21 Dec 2015: New gallery of ICRC archive photos.


CfP: Changing the Future Research Landscape? A Connected Communities Conference for Early Career Researchers. Deadline for Submission 2 February 2016, contact Rachel at r.daniel(at)