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Strategic Priorities Fund Projects:

The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry is running three, short term, project working at the intersection of humanities and policy formation:

  1. “In Joseph Emidy’s footsteps: BAME Cultural Contributions in the West Country”

This project aims to help artists and cultural producers of Colour in the west country to get better access, improved conditions and greater understanding from councils, from the private sector and from this university. Alongside that we aim to help people in the university understand the sector better, and create links that will last. We’ll do that through desk-based research, an online seminar, and a position paper.  Project Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr Ghee Bowman


  1. “Rural culture”, social discourse and the framing of policy”

Research towards the end of the last century, particularly by humanities scholars (cultural geographers, historians and those involved in heritage studies) largely debunked the notion that there is a dominant ‘culture’ across rural parts of England. Despite this research and the acknowledgment of it by policy actors, the notion of a dominant rural culture remains strong in public discourse and can be witnessed in debates as diverse as the BREXIT referendum and the ban on foxhunting.  This project refocuses this issue and explores how this discourse  – with its history and its current prevalence – influences policy, searching for meaningful areas of future research that will help improve understanding and dispel any ‘myths’ attached to rural culture. Through reinvigorating this debate we hope to help drive rural policy that is more aligned to the diversity of rural issues. Fellow: Dr Andrew Clappison


  1. Public Policy and Climate Change: the contribution of Humanities and Culture

This project aims to explore and highlight what the humanities can offer to inform policy responses to climate change. The main task is to consider what cultural resources exist for combatting climate change, and the subsequent policy recommendations from these resources. The project shall draw upon the research currently being undertaken at Exeter. Project Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr Joshua Wells

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