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Antislavery Knowledge Network - GCRF Network Plus: Phase 2

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The AHRC GCRF Network+ project ‘The Antislavery Knowledge Network: Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa’ invites applicants from NGO, University, Research Institutes, Arts or Cultural Organisations, or Social Enterprises working in ODA countries to submit bids which will address how slavery is a core development challenge in sub-Saharan Africa via innovative approaches from the arts and humanities to deliver community-engaged antislavery work. 

Focusing on the idea of activated community memory, the project champions the use of arts and humanities as a resource for social change. One of the core aims of the network is to explore the ways in which participatory arts-based strategies, rooted in heritage and memory, can empower Global South communities to play a central role in tackling contemporary slavery. 

The call invites applications relating to three overarching themes. Each is designed to encourage projects to develop innovative, interdisciplinary and rights-based challenges to slavery and related forms of exploitation (including child labour and forced marriage). The three themes are:

  • Voices for Freedom
    which will centre on narratives and the lived experience of slavery, calling for projects to imagine new and challenging ways to collect, record and archive testimony from individuals and communities in the area of focus.
  • Liberating Heritage
    which will call for projects that connect space, place and memory around slavery with contemporary human rights and development challenges
  • Picturing Emancipation
    which will seek projects that utilise visual arts and photography to expose and reflect upon the experiences and legacies of slavery and efforts to resist and overcome its consequences. 

We have funding for medium-sized grants £5,000-30,000.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 31/07/2019

Funding decisions issued by mid-September 2019.

How to make an application

Please visit the The University of Liverpool website to download full call documents including the application and budget forms at: www.liverpool.ac.uk/politics/research/research-projects/akn/akn-funding-opportunities.

Further Information

Awards must be between 6 and 12 months in duration and must begin 1 October 2019. 

See also the previous call called Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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