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Julian Baggini: Do we have free will?

Julian Baggini: Do we have free will? | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Katie Jarvis watches philosopher Julian Baggini fight an intellectual wrestling match before a packed crowd over the concept of free will
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The Cheltenham Science Festival lecture, Do We Have Free Will?, was sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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Everyone’s a winner in this digital space

Everyone’s a winner in this digital space | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Director of knowledge exchange hub says that the arts and humanities can play a key role in bringing creative companies and academics together
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CX is one of four knowledge exchange hubs, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Move over science, humanities’ tech-savvy research is making waves

Move over science, humanities’ tech-savvy research is making waves | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
From digital archives to 3D modelling, humanities research has undergone a technological revolution
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Reference to AHRC press announcement:  AHRC funded research outputs were submitted to 28 of the 36 units of assessment across all four main panels of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

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The Academic Book of the Future: exploring academic practices and expectations for the monograph.

The Academic Book of the Future: exploring academic practices and expectations for the monograph. | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it

"What does the future hold for academic books? Rebecca Lyons introduces The Academic Book of the Future, a two-year project funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the British Library in which a ..."


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Funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the British Library

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Bronze Age child's skeleton discovered at Pewsey Vale dig - BBC News

Bronze Age child's skeleton discovered at Pewsey Vale dig - BBC News | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
A 4,000 year-old Bronze Age skeleton, believed to be that of a child, is unearthed by archaeologists at a dig in Wiltshire.
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The three-year Vale of Pewsey dig is a partnership between the University of Reading, Historic England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wiltshire Museum.

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Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath - don't miss this exhibition of photos from the 1960s

Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath - don't miss this exhibition of photos from the 1960s | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Photographs capturing life in Balsall Heath in the 1960s and 70s go on display in new exhibition
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A four-day exhibition of photographs taken in Balsall Heath more than 45 years ago will pave the way for a major retrospective at the Ikon Gallery next year. Supported by AHRC-funded research.

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A Different Picture of the Middle Ages | History Today

A Different Picture of the Middle Ages | History Today | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
When journalists or politicians describe a modern phenomenon as 'medieval', we can confidently expect the word to be freighted with negative connotations. To be medieval is to be behind the times, but not in a comforting retro or vintage sense. Medieval means ignorant and everything that stems from it: intolerant, unhygienic, superstitious. A concept such as medieval multiculturalism, then, seems self-contradictory. Yet western Europe in the Middle Ages offers some intriguing examples of respect for other ways of living, thinking and speaking. The late medieval Low Countries are a case in point.
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Article by Adrian Armstrong based on AHRC-funded research on transcultural exchange.

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A tidal wave of metaphors

A tidal wave of metaphors | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
RESEARCHERS at the University of Glasgow are beginning to scent the sweet smell of success.
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AHRC-funded research on the history of metaphor in the Herald Scotland.

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Toolkit launched to unlock new audiences and revenues for the arts

A new toolkit to help arts and cultural organisations grow their digital products and services has been launched - the first of its kind for the sector.


Designed to guide users through digital product development - including building a business plan, communicating need with stakeholders and user testing - the toolkit has been developed by Nesta, Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their work on the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. 

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Parliament in the Making: St Stephen’s Chapel Exhibition - News from Parliament

Parliament in the Making: St Stephen’s Chapel Exhibition  - News from Parliament | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
An exhibition about St Stephen’s Chapel will be displayed in Westminster Hall between July and November 2015
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AHRC-funded research informs a new exhibition at the UK Parliament.

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Festivalgoers to be canvassed on green question

Festivalgoers to be canvassed on green question | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
They have become a summer staple all over the country, and Scotland's biggest has already clashed with nature lovers amid fears T in the Park could disturb rare ospreys.
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AHRC-funded project exploring the sustainability of music festivals.

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Read all about it: Dodo special | University of Oxford

Read all about it: Dodo special | University of Oxford | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it

At time of writing, the only remaining soft tissue material of a dodo anywhere in the world is on the M4 motorway.

But fans of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's iconic exhibit need not worry. The dodo is safe and touring the country to mark the Museum’s nomination in this year’s Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.

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Oxford dodo on the move

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University project launches with map of 2100 dealers : Antiques trade gazette

Leeds University launch two resources for research and study into the British art and antiques market this week.
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AHRC-funded research into antiques trade launches.

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French correction: Henry V's Agincourt fleet was half as big, historian claims

French correction: Henry V's Agincourt fleet was half as big, historian claims | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
French correction: Henry V's Agincourt fleet was half as big, historian claims
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AHRC funded research The evolution of English Shipping Capacity and Shipboard Communities from the early 15th Century to Drake's circumnavigation (1577) 

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Staff news - Exeter expertise helps shape a second BBC Radio 4 series on Asian migration - University of Exeter

Staff news - Exeter expertise helps shape a second BBC Radio 4 series on Asian migration - University of Exeter | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Following the success of the BBC Radio 4 series, Three Pounds in My Pocket, University of Exeter academic, Dr Florian Stadtler, has contributed further expertise to the newly commissioned second series.
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Dr Stadtler was involved in two major AHRC projects led by Professor Susheila Nasta and The Open University, ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad’ and ‘Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections’.

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Legacies of British Slave-ownership

Legacies of British Slave-ownership | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain: the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, now complete, and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833, running from 2013-2015.

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ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833, running from 2013-2015.

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Bronze Age skeleton unearthed in Wiltshire - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Bronze Age skeleton unearthed in Wiltshire - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
A 4,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton, believed to be that of an adolescent child, has been unearthed by archaeologists.
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The three-year dig, a partnership between the University of Reading, Historic England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wiltshire Museum, aims to transform understanding of the people who lived in the areas surrounding Stonehenge.

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Lost for Words: Endangered Complexity in the Languages of Mexico

Lost for Words: Endangered Complexity in the Languages of Mexico | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Eighty percent of the world's population speak just 83 of our 7000 languages. With over fifty percent of these projected to be lost by the end of the century, indigenous communities and linguists are working together to preserve some of the world's most endangered communication systems and unravel some of their complexities while there is still time.
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 ESRC and AHRC co-funded research project, 'Endangered Complexity: Inflectional classes in Oto-Manguean languages'

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Music app is ‘magic meeting technology’

Academics have developed the new album app, which allows the listener to explore and ‘remix’ the music as they listen.

The academics have been working with the music artist Daisy and The Dark to create the new format, which has a number of touch screen functions which allow the user to manipulate the playback and sonic structure of the music.

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Research news from the Transforming Digital Music project.

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10 tips for developing and mastering digital products in the arts

10 tips for developing and mastering digital products in the arts | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Whether it’s a new website or an app upgrade, know your audience, think about the product lifecycle and choose marketing channels with care
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Insights from the Digital R&D Fund in the Guardian.

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Gateshead industrial monument at centre of national heritage debate

Gateshead industrial monument at centre of national heritage debate | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it

A new book on Newcastle University Professor of Contemporary Sculpture Wolfgang Weileder’s project has placed Dunston Staiths in Gateshead centre stage in a national heritage debate.


This includes what constitutes heritage, how sustainable it is, what


should be saved and how and if art can play a part in the process.

Wolfgang’s Jetty project was funded by the AHRC.

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UWE Bristol fine print research showcased at national event

UWE Bristol fine print research showcased at national event | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it

Professor Stephen Hoskins, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has been invited to represent the creative industries at the Research Councils UK (RCUK) 'Research Innovate Grow' event.

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Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science - The Lancet

Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science - The Lancet | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it

The usual story of medicine in the past couple of centuries is one of growing professionalisation, and increasing distance between patients and practitioners. But is a new era of public participation in medicine upon us? Clinicians and patients are moving towards shared decision making in many areas, whilst some medical journals now invite patients to take part in peer review. Citizen Science projects, such as Cell Slider, run by Cancer Research UK, and Zooniverse, have enabled the public to contribute to medical research. Such developments open up new possibilities.

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AHRC-funded Science in Culture large grant in the prestigious scientific journal, The Lancet.

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Experts discover HUGE stone circle in Britain TEN TIMES the size of Stonehenge

Experts discover HUGE stone circle in Britain TEN TIMES the size of Stonehenge | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered an untouched Neolithic stone circle that could be TEN TIMES the size of Stonehenge.
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Coverage of new AHRC-funded archaeological excavations in Marden.

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Stone circle unearthed during new archeological dig could dwarf Stonehenge

Stone circle unearthed during new archeological dig could dwarf Stonehenge | Arts and humanities research | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have begun a three-year dig to unearth the secrets at an ancient stone circle that is thought to be ten times bigger than Stonehenge. Historians believe the Marden Henge is the...
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