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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).

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.

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