An AHRC theme exploring the relationship between past, present and future and investigating the significance of continuity and change
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.
Dr Berny Sèbe
Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies
Principal investigator of the ‘Outposts of Conquest’ project (www.birmingham.ac.uk/empires)
Empires of Emptiness: What the past tells us about desert warfare in the Sahara – at a time when it is being fought
When it comes to fighting jihadists in the desert, forget about the buzzwords now commonly associated with radical Islam elsewhere: social networks, internet recruitment or online propaganda. Of course, cybercafes are not entirely absent, even in the most remote oases, so cyber-recruitment and e-propaganda are not entirely irrelevant, but there are more important aspects to the picture to be taken into account when it comes to war in the desert. Continue reading →
Past Matters, Research Futures will take place at the Royal Society, London, 12-13 December 2016 andwill showcase the exciting research conducted by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) related to Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, one of four strategic research themes supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). ECRs are represented in the theme in a variety of ways, and are recognised as playing a key role in its development, dynamism and legacy. Continue reading →
The latest film from the Arts and Humanities Research Council looks at how arts and humanities academics are working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva to help refresh understanding on how principled humanitarian action is delivered, both in the past and today. Read more on the YouTube post.
Paul Cooke (University of Leeds) describes his film-education project ‘Using Film to Examine Heritage, Identity and Global Citizenship’: supporting the work of the Bautzen Memorial to Engage New Audiences’
Connecting with the Past – the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in Critical Historical Perspective symposium to be held at the ICRC Humanitarium, Geneva, 16-17 September 2015