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CoHere NEG BLK PMS1795Autumn Term 2018


As the CoHERE research programme reaches its final phase, members of the IRC team will present some of their research in a series of informal seminars that will take place on Wednesday afternoons and are schedule to last for 45-50 minutes. There will be three seminars in October 2018:

03.10.18         15:15  MBG14           CoHERE Seminar 1 (Dr Cristina Clopot): European Capitals of Culture

10.10.18         15:15  MBG14           CoHERE Seminar 2 (Prof Máiréad Nic Craith): Language Issues

17.10.18         15:15  MBG14           CoHERE Seminar 3 (Dr Kerstin Pfeiffer): Theatre Across Borders


As part of CoHERE, we are organising a month-long programme of heritage-related events in November. EYCH2018 Logos Yellow EN 300
This will be themed around sustainable approaches to community heritages, and form part of the UK's
programme for the European Year of Cultural Heritage.


ESRC UKRIThis will include a series of three workshops organised in conjunction with Learning for Sustainability Scotland (Scotland’s UN University-recognised Regional Centre of Expertise in this field), the first of which is part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Further details, including registration links, will be posted on our website shortly.

Professor Kockel features in Ethnological Sensations Series

Professor Ullrich Kockel has been featured in a video published by the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore as part of their Ethnological Sensations series. In this short video, Professor Kockel takes a journey to his very earliest roots, and talks us through the ethnological research process he undertook, exploring the complexities of field research when building and places change, and the importance of trusting instincts.  


Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience

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The IRC's Prof. Ullrich Kockel has been invited to join the Board of the AIR, an international network that aims to increase social-ecological resilience – the co-evolution of social-human and ecological systems - through connecting and supporting locally based innovations in participating regions and countries, emphasizing new kinds of collaboration across cultures, disciplines, sectors and national borders. 

Prof. Kockel, who leads the IRC's Sustainable Communities research group, said: "I am delighted to be asked to join this global network, which is an important intercultural initiative bringing together old wisdom and new knowledge to support life-sustaining ways of being." 

The Alliance is building an international network of resilience hubs, including the Common Good Food Hub in Scotland, and is working on an interdisciplinary research and publications programme.

Read more here.

Finnish Visitor at the IRC

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This April a Finnish colleague will be visiting the IRC. Pia Olsson is University lecturer in European Ethnology at the University of Helsinki. She is interested in how people experience urban space and how they remember and articulate their lives in urban settings. She has also conducted ethnographic fieldwork to understand cultural encounters among youth. Her latest project ‘Shared city’ analyses the ways urban public and semi-public spaces affect interethnic encounters.

Studentships 2018-21


The IRC welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in pursuing MPhil/PhD study. The competition for 2018-21 is now closed.

Linguistic sustainability

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Prof. Donna Patrick, Carleton University, Ottawa


Linguistic sustainability, local knowledge, and transformation in the Arctic

Donna Patrick is an anthropologist whose research focuses on Indigenous and minority language politics, policies, rights, and practices in Canada and the Arctic. This research has revolved around the issues of language endangerment, language socialization, language education policy and practice, critical literacies, and social semiotics. Most recently, she has been involved in participatory action research and the recording of life histories and stories with Inuit in Ottawa and Montreal. This research explores Inuit identities, literacies, and the construction of place in transnational contexts through objects, food, and community radio.


Registration closed

MacFarlane Prize 2017 for Dr Emma Hill

The IRC's Dr Emma Hill has won the 2017 MacFarlane Prize. Emma (pictured here with her supervisors, Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith and Dr Katerina Strani), is the first ever recipient of the prize from any department in the School of Social Sciences. She was presented with the award at Heriot-Watt University's graduation ceremony on 15 November 2017. IMG 1603

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