AHRC Commons Fellow announced
Dr Richard Clay of the University of Birmingham has today (Monday 1 September 2014) been appointed as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Commons Fellow. The Commons Fellowship will lead the strategic direction of the AHRC Commons that was set out in the 2013-18 strategy, engaging with arts and humanities researchers to deliver the initiative's vision and aims in a three-year appointment.
Dr Clay is a Reader at the University of Birmingham; his research interests include aspects of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century French and British visual cultures, especially iconoclasm. He has led a collaborative research project about the history of Birmingham's suburbs (1880-1960). (To find out more about this collaborative project watch the short film Suburban Birmingham. Richard also led the Collaborative Arts Triple Helix project. His interest in collaborative research across disciplines and across sectors led to his appointment as the Co-Director of the University of Birmingham's Digital Humanities Hub, a project focused on the use of leading edge digital technologies in the cultural sector and beyond.
Using his experience as a collaborative researcher, Dr Clay will gather insights from the AHRC Commons who are drawn from across academic disciplines as well as cultural organisations and companies. The AHRC Commons will work alongside the AHRC office but operate autonomously, representing the opinions of the arts and humanities research and user communities more generally rather than representing the AHRC’s views or policy.
As the Commons Fellow Richard will play a key role in supporting the celebrations planned for the AHRC's tenth anniversary of becoming a Research Council in 2015.
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, comments:
On behalf of everyone at the AHRC, I want to welcome Dr Clay as the AHRC Commons Fellow. Dr Clays' broad range of academic research and his experience of working with a number of diverse organisations will be invaluable in helping to deliver this project.
Dr Richard Clay, AHRC Commons Fellow, comments:
I am very much looking forward to leading the strategic direction of the AHRC's Commons initiative. The Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to encourage dialogue and debate across the Arts and Humanities and beyond.
For further information contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793416025 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Find out more about the Suburban Birmingham project on the project website.
- For further information on Collaborative Arts Triple Helix project visit the project website.
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.www.ahrc.ac.uk
- ‘The Human World: The Arts and Humanities in our Time’ (2013-2018) (PDF) (opens in a new window) (PDF, 3.6MB), the AHRC's Strategy, sets out the AHRC's distinctive role in the UK’s system of support for research and how it intends to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing research environment. Further information on The AHRC Commons initiative is available on page 28 of this document.