The AHRC has announced a call for UK researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and Indian Diaspora’ in Ahmedabad, India on the 30-31st January 2019. Organised in partnership with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), the event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore how the experiences of the Indian diaspora and migratory movements have shaped Indian cultural heritage, and the importance of this heritage to the sustainable development of India.
A key aim of the workshop is to enable researchers from the UK and India to reflect on the achievements of the AHRC/ICHR programme so far as well as network and develop partnerships with a view to submitting proposals to a research networking call thereafter.
Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. In order to identify new and emerging areas for collaborative UK/India research, the workshop will focus on the following thematic areas:
- Indian diaspora and cultural markets – How does the Indian diaspora contribute to cultural relations between India and the rest of the world?
- Digital technology as a bridge – How is digital technology changing the relationship/s between the Indian diaspora and cultural heritage?
- Cultural Heritage Transformations – Through the process of migration, what is gained, adapted and preserved in terms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage? How does cultural heritage change within the context of migration and what are the implications for the concepts of authenticity and integrity?
- Cultural heritage as a driver of migration -What are the push and pull factors between forms of cultural heritage and Indian migration? How does it influence and shape the process of migration?
- Resourcing migration – How can cultural heritage institutions better support the Indian diaspora and international researchers who study its associated processes and impacts?
- Identities and Migration – What is the relationship between cultural heritage and migration with regards to the formation of multiple identities and contested heritage?
Applicants should have a particular research interest in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest.
The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 20 UK-based researchers, with the ICHR identifying a similar number of Indian academics.
The deadline is imminent – 12th Dec – but the application is just a 250 word short bio and a 500 word justification of your suitability to win a place via a simple online form.