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Connecting Cultures’ GRP focuses on a commitment to interdisciplinary research which places cultural perspectives to the fore in addressing major global societal concerns in dynamic historical and contemporary perspectives. Our work rests on the rigorous, critical examination of:

  1. The role of culture in establishing and negotiating relationships between peoples, places and identities across multifarious times and spaces, from the local to the global;
  2. The production, reproduction, and circulation of cultural artefacts throughout human history;
  3. Conceptions of identity, belonging, citizenship and human rights, and the related shaping and reshaping of borders throughout history;
  4. Plotting the past, anticipating the future: cultural sustainability with respect to landscape, environment, society, community.

Our research themes

Culture and Community:

Warwick research understands culture in relation to the communities in which it emerges. Our work explores the formation and transformation of identities, and the cultural practices which shape and respond to the concepts of identity, belonging and citizenship. This theme also makes vivid the connections between memory, history and heritage, bringing the past into conversation with the present and future. We support and champion research which explores the role of culture in establishing and negotiating relationships between people and places across multifarious times and spaces, particularly in relation to migration, exchange, human rights and social justice. The Culture and Community theme also encompasses work which examines the place-making possibilities of culture.

The Culture and Community theme contact is Helen Wheatley

Creativity and Connection:

Research which highlights the development of cultural practices and critical engagements is central to this theme. Warwick researchers critically examine performance in its widest sense, and research from a wide range of disciplines considers the role of performativity in making sense of the world. This Connecting Cultures theme places an emphasis on innovation, and on work that harnesses the transformative potential of the arts in relation to wellbeing. It supports research activities that promote the enfranchisement of minority communities, and work that promotes the inclusion of communities usually remote from academic research by mapping beneficial outcomes to their needs. We are particularly keen to support and promote work which facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration, including innovative research synergies with STEM subjects. Work on cultural value and the value of culture is also central to this theme.

The Creativity and Connection theme contact is Cath Lambert

Transnational and Global Humanities:

This theme focuses on the critical work done by Warwick researchers on global networks and exchanges. It explores the way that culture acts as a site of both resistance and emanicipation. Translation (as a concept and a practice), and the work which explores transcultural exchanges, is at the heart of this strand of the GRP’s work. We will also support innovative digital projects that open up the critical exploration of the humanities, and work that seeks to understand and address the methodological issues and challenges of a globally connected world. Warwick’s expertise in the field of the Environmental Humanities is critical to this strand of Connecting Cultures, as research that seeks to analyze and investigate the complex interrelationships between human activity (cultural, artistic, economic, and political) and the environment, understood in its broadest sense.

The Transnational and Global Humanities theme contact is Michael Scott

Each of these strands are intended as an inclusive and enabling platform for research that addresses globally important issues with an interdisciplinary, cultural or cross-cultural focus.

Support for City of Culture initiatives continues to underpin each of these areas of work until 2021, but Connecting Cultures GRP research and work is by no means circumscribed to City of Culture related projects.