Culture, Connection and Creativity
Culture, creativity and the way in which humans connect is central to our identity as individuals and communities. To face the future, we must understand our past, our cultural differences and our common reference points. We must understand how we communicate and how we engage. UNESCO summarised this simply: ‘development is inseparable from culture.’
Placing culture at the heart of our endeavour towards a fairer, more sustainable future is the only way to ensure inclusive and equitable development. For us, culture and creativity are both academic and performance-based, both theoretical and applied. They are engaged locally, nationally and internationally.
In the first phase of Eastern Arc, one of our three foundational themes was around digital humanities. This will continue, but we will explore the use of connective and communication technology more broadly.
Technology has already transformed the way we interact, the way we see, and the way we comprehend. For it to be used constructively, it is important that there is a dialogue between our cultural and scientific understanding.
We have the structure and outlook to make this happen. In both the arts, humanities and digital technology, as well as in our special collections, we encourage dialogue and cross-disciplinary working.
For instance, engineering and digital arts come together in a single school at Kent, the Faculty of Humanities at Essex has at its heart a ‘flexibility of spirit and collaborative ethos,’ and practice research, including the world-leading creative writing programme at UEA, informs and interacts with disciplines across the University.
To find out about who is leading our work in this area, and what we are currently doing, follow the links below.
Each of our strategic themes is led by academic champions who come from a range of disciplines across the Eastern Arc universities.
To find out about the thematic champions for Culture, Connection and Creativity, as well as their colleagues in the other themes, click here.
Within this theme, we have already started to map our areas of commonality; some of these are already listed in our ‘Communities of Common Interest’.
In addition, we are working to develop projects and programmes within the theme, and are looking at opportunities around virtual and augmented reality, as well as a number of other ways in which technology has changed the way we work, the way we live, the way we communicate, and the way we create.
We have also provided a number of small grants to colleagues working on pilot projects and workshops, and have hosted information events and discussions that encourage engagement with external funders, as well as briefing on what’s on the horizon.
For the full list of current events, together with recordings and slides from previous ones, go to our dedicated webpage.
If you work in this area, you may want to see what funding opportunities are open and available to you. In partnership with Research Professional we have set up a live list of current calls and schemes.
Research Professional holds an exhaustive list of all the research and innovation funding opportunities available to those working in the UK.
Included in the list are all opportunities with a closing date of more than two months away, with a value that is either £20k or more, or hasn’t been specified.
This is available to all those who work at our universities. You can either login with your institutional account, or set up your own individual one.
To view the full list, click here.
There are a number of ways of getting involved with Eastern Arc, and we’ve set out some of these here. They include: