Eastern Arc Conference 2021

A week-long series of short online events exploring the post-Trump, post-Brexit, post-Covid world

Following the end of the Trump presidency, the UK’s departure from the European Union, and the year-long Covid pandemic, we are only starting to come to terms with a society, an economy and a global community that has changed forever.

This year’s EARC Conference will look at different facets of this. Taking the form of a week-long series of 2 hour on-line sessions, delegates will hear from a range of speakers and provocateurs (details to be confirmed), triggering discussion and debate, before breaking into parallel sessions to explore questions and ideas within each area.

Call for Abstracts

Our provisional programme is below. On each day, we will hold a series of breakout sessions. These are an opportunity to debate the issues raised in the plenary, to meet others working in an area of common interest, or to find potential collaborators. If you want to host one of the sessions, please email us the following by 31 March 2021.

  • The name of the host. You can either nominate yourself, a colleague or one of our champions.
  • The title of the session.
  • The theme and day most appropriate for it. 
  • A brief summary of the session (200 words max). This should explain what you want to focus on, the potential audience, and what you would like the outcome of the session to be.

Provisional Programme

Monday 10 May

Eastern Arc: Building collaborations in a time of change

Introduced by Prof Fiona Lettice (PVC Research & Innovation, UEA), this will be an overview of the work of the last 12 months, the challenges faced and the achievements won, but also looking to the year ahead.

If you are new to Eastern Arc and want to find out what it does, how it can help you and the opportunities to get involved, join us to find out more.

Tuesday 11 May

Levelling-up the Edges

Hosted by the EARC Health Systems, Social Care and Wellbeing Theme

The east and southeast coast of England is home to some of the most deprived communities in the country, including Great Yarmouth, Tendring, Castle Point, and Thanet. The House of Lords has recognised the challenges that have led to this situation, and stated that it ‘warrants dedicated attention and support.’

But on the ground many healthcare professionals, including GPs, do not want to work in these areas. How can this situation be addressed to ensure equitable access to healthcare for residents, and ensure that no-one is left behind?

This session will start with a provocation and a debate, with three breakout sessions that will enable academics, researchers and external stakeholders to meet to discuss broader issues in these areas.

Wednesday 12 May

Culture, Creativity, Covid

Hosted by the EARC Culture, Connection and Creativity Theme

The pandemic has had an impact on almost every part of our lives, and we have had to rethink and reimagine how we work, how we live and how we relax.

The cultural sector has been particularly affected: theatres, cinemas and galleries have closed, and many artists, actors, writers and directors have been unable to work creatively with others. How have institutions responded to this challenge?

This session will hear from three key regional cultural centres and organisations to understand the issues and the solutions they’ve developed.

The second half of the session (13:00-14:00) will allow academics, researchers and external stakeholders to meet to discuss broader issues in their areas.

Thursday 13 May

‘Deplorables’ and the Deep Web: Going beyond the liberal consensus

Hosted by the EARC Human Rights, Equality and Conflict Theme

With the rise in populism in the second half of the last decade, together with a widespread belief in conspiracies and the use of social media and other technology to gain access to people, products and services that were previously off-limits, how do researchers engage without being seen as complicit?

This keynote talk is intended to act as an insight and a provocation, to ‘burst the liberal bubble’ and spark a discussion of what it takes to properly understand current politics and society.

The second half of the session (13:00-14:00) will allow academics, researchers and external stakeholders to meet to discuss broader issues in their areas.

Friday 14 May

Surviving the Seismic Shift: Sustainable agriculture after Brexit

Hosted by the EARC Sustainability, Natural Resources and Food Theme

The UK’s departure from the European Union has presented both challenges and opportunities for agriculture: supply changes have been disrupted and trading relationships redrawn, but the country also has a chance to rethink how it supports and subsidises its growers and producers.

What will be the impact on the producer and the consumer, and how should they be supported in making the transition?

The final conference session will start with a provocation and a debate, and will then divide into three breakout groups that will allow academics, research and external stakeholders to meet and discuss key issues around this.