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Funded by ICE, academics explore their interdisciplinary projects investigating urgent global and regional questions.

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The Institute for Cultural Enquiry (ICE) is the University of Exeter’s newly established research institute, devoted to innovative, interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. We had to postpone our formal launch event in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and we have instead organised a series of exciting virtual research seminars for the autumn term. These seminars feature a diverse range of internal and external speakers, who – through addressing a series of urgent global and regional challenges – reflect the intellectual breadth of cutting-edge research in the humanities and social sciences.

ICE Development Fund Presentations 

In April, the ICE awarded seed funding to the below interdisciplinary projects investigating urgent global and regional questions. In one-hour seminars, the principal investigators for each project share their findings:

  1. Friday November 13th (12:30pm) – Christine Robins, ‘Fragile Faiths: Endangered Religious Cultures in Dialogue’.
  2. Friday November 20th (12:30pm) – Michael Pearce, ‘Diversity & Participation in South African Wildlife Tourism and Conservation: Race, Culture, Performance’. 
  3. Friday November 27th (12:30pm) – Stacey Hynd, Sefina Dogo Aliyu, and Elena Gadjanova, ‘#BringBackOurGirls and Humanitarian Advocacy: Analysing Race, Gender, and Childhood in Local and Global Child-Saving Campaigns’. 

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Topic: Fragile Faiths by Christine Robins

Time: Nov 13, 2020 12:30 PM London

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About: ICE has awarded funding for a workshop to prepare the ground for a project application on ‘Fragile Faiths’ (PI Christine Robins – IAIS; Co-I Emma Loosley, Theology).

The term ‘fragile faiths’ was coined to apply to certain ethnoreligious groups violently displaced by war in Iraq and Syria, which placed their cultural survival in doubt. They share certain attributes which render their cultural continuity uncertain when displaced – endogamy as a basis for identity, a strong religious attachment to place within the homeland and (for many) limited distribution of religious knowledge across the community. Among the ‘fragile faiths’ are: Yezidis, Mandaeans (aka Sabians), Yaresani/Ahl-e Haqq/Kakai; certain groups of Alawites, Shabaks, Alevis ; Zoroastrians, (including Parsis), and Druze; and even ‘non-heterodox’ groups such as Syrian Christians.

The project will comprise a comparative study of processes of continuity and change in the ‘fragile faiths,’ with essential participation from community members as researchers and partners. Its aims are not to ‘save’ fragile faiths but to promote cultural preservation where deemed appropriate and to share community strategies on managing cultural change whilst preserving identity. The workshop begins this by placing members of Yezidi, Mandaean and Syrian Christian groups in dialogue with each other to identify common concerns. Then, they will feed back to parliamentarians – Lord Alton, Tom Tugendhat and Matthew Offord will be invited, and FCO representatives working on FoRB (freedom of religion and belief) who have expressed interest in the past.

Covid has impacted on this workshop and on the project – the presentation will include an account of this.

Topic: Diversity & Participation in South African Wildlife Tourism and Conservation: Race, Culture, Performance by Michael Pearce

Time: Nov 20, 2020 12:30 PM London

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About: This research project is focused on understanding and addressing racialised barriers to participation in nature tourism and conservation in South Africa. Underpinning the project is the hypothesis that increased domestic tourism by black South Africans could aid long-term and sustainable biodiversity conservation efforts.

The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE) Development Fund will support pump-priming activity in South Africa, bringing together an international team with backgrounds in theatre and performance studies, tourism and business management, geography and cultural heritage as well as with government and industry stakeholders, including South Africa National Parks. This project positions theatre and performance alongside social scientific methods as an ideal area of exploration and practice to understand and address how racial discrimination operates implicitly through culture to produce inequality of access to environmental assets such as national parks and marginalisation from conservation practices.

In this presentation, Michael Pearce (lead applicant) will outline the research context before introducing some of the approaches the team hope to develop in supporting citizen engagement with their natural and cultural heritage, and further understandings of participation and non-participation in wildlife tourism.

Topic: #BringBackOurGirls and Humanitarian Advocacy: Analysing Race, Gender, and Childhood in Local and Global Child-Saving Campaigns byStacey Hynd, Sefina Dogo Aliyu and Elena Gadjanova

Time: Nov 27, 2020 12:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting: https://Universityofexeter.zoom.us/j/93062882327?pwd=ZUw5QUk1VEppVXlmeXNxdzJnSkNSZz09

Meeting ID: 930 6288 2327

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