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SGSAH ARCS Studentship 2017

Applications are now open for a three-year PhD studentship onSGSAH logo

Living Tradition and Cultural Revival:

Scottish Folk Drama in the 21st Century

A collaboration between

  • Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University
  • Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS), Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
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Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality Conference

Prof. Kevin O'Gorman, Dr Babak Taheri, Sean Lochrie and Ross Curran attended the Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality Conference in Istanbul. Sean presented the conceptual framework for his PhD, which won "The Best Conference Paper" award. The paper was entitled: "Theoretical Perspectives on World Heritage Management: Stewardship and Stakeholders". Babak presented his work with Kevin on "Islamic Heritage Marketing: The Umrah Experience", and Ross presented a paper entitled "In Search of Authenticity: The Case of Japanese Heritage", which also won a "best paper" award.

SIEF 2017

Strong Heriot Watt Presence at SIEF 2017

 A call for papers is now available for the next congress of the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) taking place in Göttingen, Germany, on 26-30 March 2017.

A number of IRC staff, doctoral students and collaborators have submitted panels which are now open for paper proposals: 

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Prof. Arnab Bhattacharjee: Hind Rattan Award

Prof. Arnab Bhattacharjee receives Hind Rattan Award from NRI Welfare Society of India. The Hind Rattan (Hindi phrase translated to English as "Jewel of India") is one of the highest Indian diasporic awards granted annually to non-resident persons of Indian origin (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India, an organization under the umbrella of the Government of India. The NRI Welfare Society of India, with chapters in various countries, founded in 1981 by Harbhajan Singh, serves to link members of the Indian diaspora with the Government of India. 

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Horizon 2020

CoHere NEG PMS1795The IRC is leading a 3-year Horizon2020 Work Package on "Cultural forms and expressions of identity in Europe". 
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Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference at Montreal, Canada

The IRC will be strongly represented at the congress of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference at Montreal, Canada, 3-8 June 2016. Three staff and two postgraduate members have had papers accepted. The peer reviewers were particularly impressed with the abstract submitted by Cristina Clopot, whose PhD research is on Old Believers in Romania.

Success in the BAAL/Cambridge University Press 2015-2016 seminar competition

Congratulations to the IRC's Nicola Bermingham and Gwennan Higham (Cardiff University) for their success in the BAAL/Cambridge University Press 2015-2016 seminar competition.

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AHRC-funded project

The IRC's Dr Raquel de Pedro Ricoy is working on an AHRC-funded project with Prof. Rosaleen Howard (Newcastle University) and Dr Luis Andrade (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), in partnership with the Indigenous Languages Office of the Ministry of Culture and the rural development agency SER, researching new state sponsored initiatives to facilitate better communication between the Spanish speaking majority, and speakers of the many Amerindian languages of the Andean highlands and the Amazon basin. In August she spent two weeks in the high jungle town of Quillabamba (near Cusco) where the Ministry of Culture was running a training course for speakers of indigenous languages. Read more here (p. 5).

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