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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).

The Role of Living Culture in Identities and Sustainable Community Development

The IRC's Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith was a speaker at an international symposium on The Role of Living Culture in Identities and Sustainable Community Development, held at Summerhall in Edinburgh on 4 November 2015.

This symposium offered a platform for Scotland to showcase itself, not only through the ICH performances of delegates, but also as a leader in ICH theory and practice. A major focus of the debate was on human rights and heritage in multicultural development contexts.

Watch the proceedings of the morning  and afternoon sessions on YouTube.

New Speakers of Irish

A research report commissioned by Foras na Gaeilge, on New Speakers of Irish, was launched in Dublin on 30 October 2015 by the Irish Language Commissioner.

Written by the IRC's Prof. Bernie O'Rourke in collaboration with Dr John Walsh and Dr Hugh Roland at the National University of Ireland, Galway, the report brings analyses data collected during 2012-2015 under various themes: (a) sociolinguistic background (b) motivation (c) competence (d) use (e) ideologies regarding the Gaeltacht and (f) opinions regarding language policy.

The report, which is based on research as part of the COST European research network 'New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges'. concludes with a set of recommendations for language policy in Ireland.

FMRG24 Videogames

The IRC's Prof. Chris Tinker was one of the organisers (with Jonathan Ervine, Bangor, and Hugh Dauncey, Newcastle, of FMRG24 Videogames (#fmrg24), a conference  which was held on 23 October 2015 at the University of Newcastle. The academic study of French video games and videogaming arguably remains underdeveloped, especially in the UK and the US, and this conference contributed to a focus on French and Francophone video games as 'popular cultural' artefacts and practice.

A Companion to Heritage Studies

Professors Máiréad Nic Craith and Ullrich Kockel of Heriot-Watt's Intercultural Research Centre, in association with Professor William Logan of Deakin University, Melbourne, have produced a comprehensive, state-of-the-art interdisciplinary reference work for the study of cultural heritage, published in Wiley-Blackwell's prestigious Companion series.

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On High Seas

On High Seas, written by the IRC's Dr Ashvin Devasundaram and performed with Infinite Realms, is the first intercultural musical fusion featuring the Bela Baharr - a unique Indian classical instrument recently invented by Naviin Gandharv.The new MSc in Cultural Resource Management is now up and running.

Germans in Britain

GERMANS IN BRITAIN is a touring exhibition created by the Migration Museum Project, which will be on display at the National Records of Scotland, 6 July - 7 August 2015. The exhibition is brought to Edinburgh on the initiative of Heriot-Watt's Intercultural Research Centre, and with the generous support of the German Consulate-General Edinburgh and the National Records of Scotland.

Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore

From 22-25 June 2015, members of the IRC participated in the congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) in Zagreb. The theme for 2015 was “Utopias–Realities–Heritages”, and the IRC team contributed significantly to the debate, not just by the usual conference activities of presenting papers and chairing panels. Dr Kerstin Pfeiffer has been elected as secretary of the new SIEF Working Group on "Body, Emotions, and Senses", and Vitalija Stepušaitytė was selected to join the closing roundtable as an inspiring young researcher. A full report is available here.

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