AHRC: Call for events at Cheltenham Jazz and Cheltenham Music Festivals

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To mark its tenth anniversary in 2015, the AHRC is looking to extend its partnership with Cheltenham Festivals by inviting applications from researchers to present their research at one of a series of six engaging public events at the Cheltenham Jazz and Music Festivals in 2015. The call will seek academics that can bring the best of the latest arts and humanities research to a broad audience in an interactive and engaging manner.

Up to twenty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their event ideas with experienced Cheltenham Festival producers and members of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement at a dedicated workshop. Of these, up to six will have the chance to hold their event at either the Jazz or Music Festivals.

An initial workshop to be held on 6th January 2015 will focus on these festivals. The selected researchers will benefit from a unique opportunity to work closely with the Cheltenham Festival producers to create interactive and engaging events, invite high profile speakers, where relevant, and ultimately share their research with a public audience.

We welcome applications from individual researchers or project teams with one lead applicant, working in all areas of the arts and humanities. The topics of the proposed events should fall within one of the disciplines within the AHRC’s remit, and should fit into the themes of the Festivals.

How to submit an application:

Complete the online application form which will include the two questions set out below.

The questions are designed to give you a chance to show that you can communicate your research to a Festival audience. Take a look at our Jazz Festival and Music Festival pages, as well as the call document for ideas of the kinds of events that are run, but please do not allow this to limit your creativity; all ideas are welcome.

  • Briefly describe your research and its broader relevance to a non-academic audience (250 words)
  • Focusing on one aspect of your research, describe how it could make an engaging and stimulating event for a non-academic audience. Explain how you would attract interest in your research area, the format this event, the speakers, and any interactive elements. (400 words) ​

Applications closing date: 12pm, Monday 1st December 2014

If you have any queries please email cheltenhamfestivals@ahrc.ac.uk or call Russell Leake on 01793 41 6039

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