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

Call for Proposals, Care for the Future ECR conference, deadline 31 July 2016.


Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development, Deadline 21 July 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!


New gallery of ICRC archive photos.