Archive for November 3, 2015

HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Call for Contributions: Papers, Presentations, Panel Sessions, Workshops, Posters and Performances

Invitation for EOI’s for contributions to the


3rd AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium

Date: January 14-15th 2016

Venue: University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK


The AHRC funded Heritage Network provides a forum and support for both academics and community partners working on Connected Communities and Digital Transformation Heritage Projects.

Our last symposium held in Sheffield was a great success with over 60 delegates sharing the results and experiences of their AHRC and HLF funded projects. Details of last year’s event can be found at

The symposium is aimed at university researchers, community groups, creative professionals as well as cultural organisations focussing on Heritage. The symposium will be a great opportunity to share outcomes and discuss experiences from a wide variety of Heritage related research projects. This year contributions in the form of presentations, workshops, panel sessions, posters and performances are invited on the following themes:

  • Heritage project legacies
  • Future funding opportunities
  • Overseas community heritage research
  • Co-design and co-production methodologies and processes
  • Digital heritage technologies such as virtual and augmented reality
  • Geo-location and mobile technologies
  • Community roles and relationships
  • Museum and heritage centre closures
  • Sustainability and new business models
  • Project impact case studies
  • Evaluation and measurement methodologies
  • Research resources – availability and requirements
  • Research ethics
  • Design for heritage and museums
  • Performance and media research outcomes

Contributions related to other heritage research themes are also welcome

The symposium is free, food will be provided and successful contributors will be able to claim travel and accommodation expenses. Previously published but relevant work is welcome however for new work, following the symposium, contributors will be invited to submit papers for peer review and inclusion in an edited volume.


An outline of your proposed contribution of up to a maximum of 250 words should be sent to and CC’d to

This should include the time required (typically 20 mins for presentation and 50 mins for workshops etc) and any resources required.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30th 2015.


New Book Series, Creating a New Knowledge Landscape

The Leadership Fellows, Professors Keri Facer and George McKay, are delighted to announce a new book series published by Policy Press, which is intended to form a key intellectual contribution to the on-going impact and legacy of the Connected Communities programme. As series editors, Keri and George explain its purpose and rationale:

Bringing together interdisciplinary research, culture and creativity, and the expertise and insights of communities themselves, the series provides a focus for critical discussion of how we combine academic and public knowledge, and why we should.


aFTER uRBAN rEGENERATIONThe first book in the series is a collection edited by Dave O’Brien (Goldsmith’s) and Peter Matthews (Stirling) entitled After Urban Regeneration: Communities, Policy and Place. Its 13 essays draw on research from across a large number of Connected Communities projects. The editors’ introduction situates the work firstly in the context of the development of Connected Communities itself, as a programme originating in a sometimes criticised ‘pragmatic, impact-focused agenda’, but which has developed into ‘something with much greater radical intent.’

Chapters then trace post-regeneration ideologies and policies across Britain, and seek to explain them in a framework of austerity. Questions of policy, the place of digital technology and other forms of culture and media are interrogated. Underpinning this work is a compelling look at how ideologies, policies and technologies have affected communities in practice, and how communities have sought to resist, exploit or reshape (‘hack’) the new pressures upon them.

In terms of methods, the book’s critical discussion of policy through arts and humanities research questions is also one explored across Connected Communities more widely. The co-production imperative of the programme as a whole is highlighted in chapters featuring a community artist and an academic writing together, or a policy maker and an academic Creative_Citizen_Unbound_FCin dialogue with each other. In such ways After Urban Regeneration is an emblematic Connected Communities text, in topic, theory and method.

Other books forthcoming in the Creating a New Knowledge Landscape series include Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley, eds. The Creative Citizen Unbound.


George and Keri welcome proposals for future books in the series.