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Nine Large Grants announced under themes

Date: 18/09/2013

Nine Large Grants have today been announced under the AHRC's Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes. The successful grants are a collaboration across and beyond a number of arts and humanities disciplines and combining a number of UK and international institutions in addition to partner organisations from outside of the Higher Education sector.

The Science in Culture Large Grants awards:

Rethinking the Senses: Uniting the Philosophy and Neuroscience of Perception led by Professor Colin Blakemore at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London awarded £1,950,000. Find out more about the Rethinking the Senses project.

Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions led by Dr Mark Maltby at Bournemouth University awarded £1,940,000. Find out more about the Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions project.

Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries led by Professor Sally Shuttleworth at University of Oxford awarded £1,950,000.

Theme Leadership Fellow for Science in Culture Professor Barry Smith said: The large grants in the Science in Culture Theme clearly demonstrate just how much scope exists for significant, and reciprocal, interaction between research in the humanities and in the sciences. The wide range of disciplines and techniques on show in these projects give a clear indication of just how much interdisciplinary collaboration is already taking place.

The Digital Transformations Large Grants awards:

The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925, led by Professor Barry Godfrey at University of Liverpool awarded £1,719,324. Find out more about The Digital Pantopicon project.

‘Fragmented Heritage’ From the kilometre to the nanometre: Automated 3D Technology to Revolutionise Landscape, Site and Artefact Analyses led by Dr Randolph Donahue at the University of Bradford awarded £1,979,850

Transforming Musicology led by Professor Tim Crawford at Goldsmiths College awarded £1,965,976

Theme Leadership Fellow for Digital Transformation Professor Andrew Prescott said: The recently announced large grants under the Digital Transformations theme each reflect in their different ways how engagement with digital technologies is changing research in the arts and humanities and offering researchers many new possibilities. The most striking thing about all these projects is that while they will develop and deploy innovative technologies, they will use these methods to explore the human condition: the way we developed, our creative impulses, and the social structures we have created.

The Translating Cultures Large Grants awards:

Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State led by Professor Alison Phipps at University of Glasgow awarded £1,968,749. Find out more about the Researching Multilinguality project.

Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures led by Professor Charles Burdett at University of Bristol awarded £1,836,647. Find out more about the Transnationalizing Modern Languages project.

Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities led by Professor Angela Creese at University of Birmingham awarded £1,973,527.

Theme Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures, Professor Charles Forsdick commented These three awards will expand and enhance the ambitious research already conducted under the ‘Translating Cultures’ theme. They will provide urgently needed contributions, from an Arts and Humanities perspective, to our understanding of some of the most pressing issues in the twenty-first-century world: multilingualism, mobility, and the crossing of borders. The aim in each project is to interrogate, analyse and demonstrate the central place of languages and culture in contemporary life, whether in localized contexts or in wider globalized frames. Central to each is an active engagement with a range of partners beyond academia, as well as collaboration with international networks of scholars. These projects will transform academic and public understanding of the theories and practices of translation and interpreting in innovative, exciting and, I anticipate, often unexpected ways.

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  • The AHRC offers postgraduate and research funding opportunities which include opportunities in knowledge exchange and partnerships, and international research. Each section provides an overview of the available opportunities, while the Funding Opportunities List page provides the full set of individual funding calls.
  • The funding amounts for the grants are the Full Economic Costs (fEC).
  • 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


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