Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Known / Unknown / Known at AHRC Commons

Common Ground

On midsummers night’s eve (21 June 2016), the AHRC Commons first national event, Common Ground, was held at the Ron Cooke Hub and TFTV on the University of York’s Heslington East campus.
Over the course of a packed and exciting day there were a wide range of activities across nine zones ranging from theatrical, operatic, and poetry performances to debates, keynotes, film showings and tech hacks.
The Common Ground activities were run by participants from organisations across the UK including Higher Education Institutions, cultural organisations, museums and galleries such as the British Library, the National Railways museum and Sage Gateshead and community groups.
We were pleased to be selected for this event, and get a chance to present A Sick Logic, and its underlying thinking at the halfway stage of our R&D process.

Alongside a set of representative posters, books and assorted objects gathered along the way so far, and a live demonstration and participatory activity of how to turn three tin cans into a wood burning stove, we proposed a knowledge exchange. In return for A Sick Logic fact - we asked for one in return.

Here's what we learnt.


The Commons initiative aims to establish new forums where arts and humanities researchers, from different subject areas and disciplines, can gather with collaborators from other sectors. Such forums will facilitate the exchange of ideas and good practice, helping to build a shared case for the importance of arts and humanities research.
Implementation of the AHRC Commons began on 1 September 2014 with the appointment of the AHRC Commons Fellow and his team. To date, they have discussed the initiative with over 700 people at more than 35 meetings across the UK and in Washington DC. Starting small and scaling up, the AHRC Commons is acquiring its shape through practice as its community engages with the initiative.
At the core of the AHRC Commons community are researchers based in universities and Independent Research Organisations (IROs). But, the community also includes people who collaborate with them on arts and humanities research projects and who are drawn from a wide range of sectors. The AHRC Commons aims to establish new forums that bring together this diverse community, enabling them to scale up their knowledge exchange activities to:
  • Generate new knowledge and enriched expertise
  • Explore key issues and develop new projects
  • Establish teams that make more ambitious work possible
  • Share good practice in research, collaboration, and public engagement
  • Develop protocols and values that facilitate work across the community
  • Build a shared case for the importance of arts and humanities research in national and international life

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