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Care for the Future Award map


Joint Projects of AHRC Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past and The Cluster of Excellence LABEX Pasts in the Present: History, Heritage, Memory (for summaries please click here)

Aurélie Helmlinger & Bob Sturm, PIs
DaCaRyH (Data science for the study of calypso-rhythm through history)

Charles Forsdick & Annette Becker, PIs
‘Dark Tourism’ in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory

Christian Biet & Clare Finburgh, PIs
Reviewing Spectacle: The Pasts, Presents and Futures of the Situationist International in Contemporary Performance

Frédéric Zalewski & James Mark, PIs
The Criminalisation of Dictatorial Pasts in Europe and Latin America in Global Perspective

Frédérique Duyrat & Andrew Meadows, PIs
OPAL the Oxford-Paris Alexander Project – Transnational Perspectives in a Digital Age

Kate Britton & Isabelle Sidéra, PIs
Animals, Lifeways and Lifeworlds in Yup’ik Archaeology (ALLY): Subsistence, Technologies, and Communities of Change

Sandra Kemp & Hervé Inglebert, PIs
Universal histories and universal museums: a transnational comparison

Sian Sullivan & Michèle Baussant, PIs
Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis and Cross-Case Synthesis of Oral Histories and History in Post-Conflict and Postcolonial Contexts

ECR Developmental Awards (for summaries please click here)

Troubled Waters, Stormy Futures: heritage in times of accelerated climate change led by Ms Sara Penrhyn Jones (Aberystwyth University)

Agents of future promise: the ideological use of children in culture and politics (Britain and France, c.1880-c.1950) led by Dr Laura King (University of Leeds)

Re-configuring ruins: materialities, processes and mediations led by Dr Carlos Andres Lopez Galviz (University of London)

Who Cares? Interventions in ‘unloved’ museum collections led by Dr Rhianedd Smith (University of Reading)

The Hero Project led by Dr Abigail Georgina Garrington (Newcastle University)

Children of Political Violence: Imagining the Past and the Future from the Present led by Dr Noa Vaisman (Durham University)

Apologies for Historical Wrongs: When, How, Why? led by Dr Arman Sarvarian (University of Surrey)

‘You Can’t Move History. You Can Secure the Future’: Engaging Youth in Cultural Heritage led by Dr Pollyanna Elizabeth Angela Ruiz (University of Sussex)

Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in the Construction of “Authentic” Foods and Drinks led by Dr Deborah Toner (University of Leicester)

The Family Archive: Exploring Family Identities, Memories and Stories Through Curated Personal Possessions led by Dr Vicky Crewe (Cardiff University)

Large Grants

Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage

Dr Rodney Harrison, University College London
Heritage is fundamentally concerned with assembling futures. This international, collaborative, multi-sited research programme will compare a range of conventional and unconventional future-making practices from a number of different heritage and heritage-like fields. It aims to facilitate co-creation and sharing of practical knowledge across domains of practice which are rarely considered collectively and to contribute to the development of innovative and sustainable approaches to heritage conservation.

The Antislavery Usable Past
Professor Kevin Bales, University of Hull
There are an estimated 30 million slaves alive today. This project seeks to provide the contemporary antislavery movement with a usable antislavery past and help translate history’s lessons into effective tools for policy makers, civil society, and citizens.

Performing the Jewish Archive
Dr Stephen Muir, University of Leeds
This project’s objective is to bring recently rediscovered musical, theatrical and literary works by Jewish artists back to the attention of scholars and the public, and to stimulate the creation of new works based on archives. This scholarly work and artistic practice will engage with and re-theorise traditional archives, ethnographic archives, and artistic works themselves. The multi-disciplinary team will focus on the years 1880-1950, an intense period of Jewish displacement, in order to illuminate the role of art in displacement.

Fellowship Highlight Awards (ECR)

Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women’s Oral Histories in the Naqab
Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe, University of Exeter

Representing Postcolonial Disaster: Conflict, Consumption, Reconstruction
Dr Anthony Carrigan, University of Leeds

After Katrina: Projecting Racial, Transnational and Environmental Futures Beyond the ‘American Century’
Dr Anna Hartnell, Birkbeck College

Backing Britain?: Imagining a nation’s global economic future since 1900
Dr David Thackeray, University of Exeter

Environment and Sustainability Large Grants

The Power and the Water: Connecting Pasts with Futures
Professor Peter Coates, University of Bristol

Spaces of experience and horizons of expectation: the implications of extreme weather events, past, present and future
Professor Georgina Endfield, University of Nottingham

Understanding Cultural Resilience and Climate Change on the Bering Sea through Yup’ik Ecological Knowledge, Lifeways, Learning and Archaeology (ELLA)
Dr Richard Arden Knecht, University of Aberdeen

Caring for the Future Through Ancestral Time: Engaging the Cultural and Spiritual Presence of the Past to promote a Sustainable Future
Professor Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh

Sustainability and subsistence systems in a changing Sudan
Dr Philippa Ryan, The British Museum (Early Career Route)

Earth in vision: BBC coverage of environmental change 1960 – 2010
Dr Joe Smith, Open University

Pathways to understanding the changing climate: time and place in cultural learning about the environment
Dr David Sneath, University of Cambridge

Future Pasts in an Apocalyptic Moment: A Hybrid Analysis of ‘Green’ Performativities and Ecocultural Ethics in a Globalised African Landscape
Professor Sian Sullivan, Bath Spa University

Material Cultures of Energy: Transitions, Disruption, and Everyday Life in the Twentieth Century
Professor Frank Trentmann, The University of Manchester

INTERSECTION: Intergenerational Justice, Consumption and Sustainability in Comparative Perspective
Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield

Fellowship Highlight Awards

Soft Estate
Mr Edward Chell, University of the Creative Arts

Exploratory Awards

Caring for post-military futures: alternative development futures for former military sites in the UK
Professor Rachel Woodward, Newcastle University
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Children’s literature and young people’s engagement with heritage and the historic built environment
Professor Matthew Grenby, Newcastle University
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Deconstructing the Grand Narrative: Using Different Time Concepts and Temporal Frameworks to Uncover New Voices and Meanings in Museum Collections
Ms Tonya Nelson, University College London
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Facing the future: Dealing with an uncertain past in order to work in an uncertain future
Professor David Zeitlyn, University of Oxford
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From The Sporting Past To Future Wellbeing: Intergenerational Sports Heritage in Glasgow’s Southside
Professor Richard Haynes, University of Stirling
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Generating Justice: The social, legal, political and ethical issues of ensuring justice across generations
Professor David Archard, Queen’s University of Belfast
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Hidden Pasts: Developing narratives for community archaeology and local history at Arediou, Cyprus
Dr Louise Steel, University of Wales, Lampeter
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Humanitarianism 2.0
Professor James Thompson, University of Manchester
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Making Time: Exploring the emergent times of alternative economies
Dr Michelle Bastian, University of Edinburgh
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Past or Place? Exploring the relationship between violence and commemoration in the ‘new’ Northern Ireland
Dr Sara McDowell, University of Ulster
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Recreating the late Victorian popular science experience
Dr Aileen Fyfe, University of St Andrews
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Screening European Heritage: History on Film, the Heritage Industry and Cultural Policy
Professor Paul Cooke, University of Leeds
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The First World War in the Classroom: Teaching and the Construction of Cultural Memory
Dr Catriona Pennell, University of Exeter
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The Future is Our Business: A Visual History of Future Expertise
Dr Glenn Adamson, Museum of Arts and Design NY (formerly of Victoria & Albert Museum);
Dr Sandra Kemp, Victoria & Albert Museum
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The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island
Dr Carl Lavery, Aberystwyth University
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The Significance of the Centenary
Dr Joanne Sayner, University of Birmingham
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