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Opportunity to Present at the AHRC International Development Summit


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are hosting an International Development Summit- ‘Mobilising Global Voices’, at the British Library, London on Wednesday 7th June 2017.

The Summit aims to showcase and discuss the unique and important contribution that AHRC-funded research (and of the arts and humanities more widely) makes to policy and practice in International Development and to cross-disciplinary and collaborative research which addresses a range of global challenges.

The proposed theme of the summit - ‘Mobilising Global Voices’ - indicates an aspiration to add to previous events and consultations by bringing the voices and perspectives of researchers, partners, cultural and development organisations and diverse communities in Low and Middle countries more strongly into debates about how arts and humanities research might contribute to international development, and we would welcome innovative ideas for how the summit might stimulate longer term engagement with diverse global voices.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited from researchers and practitioners from all disciplines within the arts and humanities, and across the NGO and International Development and other key sectors, to participate and deliver a five minute presentation / ‘lightning talk’ at the International Development Summit. The presentation content is required to discuss the role of Arts and Humanities research in contributing to international development challenges and mobilising diverse global voices. Proposals which address the overarching theme of ‘no-one left behind’ (from the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development) are encouraged. As well as proposals which cover issues around engaging different ‘voices’ in research and/or reflect on the challenges and opportunities of conducting collaborative / co-produced research and supporting equitable partnerships in and with LMICs.

This is a great opportunity for researchers to discuss the outcomes and implications of their research with a large varied audience from both research and policy –practice communities in the UK and internationally and for practitioners in international development to share their expertise, experience and /or research needs. In particular we wish to encourage forward looking proposals for presentations which extend an individual project and might help to inform debates about the shape of wider future research agendas in the arts and humanities relating to international development. Attending the Summit also provides an opportunity to network and share experience, insights, and learning and to discuss opportunities for research collaboration to be further enhanced internationally, across disciplines, and with policy and practice.

We particularly welcome applications from non-academic partners, Arts and Humanities researchers from low or middle income countries as defined by the DAC List and Arts and Humanities Early Career Researchers, this includes but not limited to early career researchers involved in AHRC funded projects and AHRC funded studentships.

Presentation Requirements

The ‘lightning talks’ / presentations should include a clear, concise and interesting narrative about the role of Arts and Humanities Research in contributing to international development challenges and mobilising diverse global voices. Proposals which seek to develop future agendas and/or stimulate debate about future priorities and ways of working will also be welcomed. Presentations will be strictly limited to (and cut off at) five minutes and should be timed to ensure that they fit the time available. For further information please read the call document. (PDF, 113KB)

Application Process and Format

Applications are to be submitted via smart survey by 4.00pm on Monday 24th April 2017. The smart survey will ask applicants to submit a 500-word account of the proposed topic of their presentation. Please bear in mind that your proposal will be read by non-academics therefore ensure your proposal is clear, accessible and avoids unnecessary jargon. You will also be required to include a 300-word account which covers your area of expertise

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 24/04/2017

For further information about how to apply see: