Transforming Heritage: An International Workshop for Enhancing UK-South Asia Networks

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


A Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant, received from the Department for Education (DfE) of Northern Ireland (UK), has enabled a group of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and other UK-based partners to convene a cross-disciplinary and international workshop in New Delhi addressing the theme of ‘Transforming Heritage’. The workshop is being hosted in partnership with South Asia University (SAU) and Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA). Government agencies, NGOs and universities all recognise that cultural heritage is fundamental to the future economic and societal resilience of South Asia and is a major asset for trade and tourism in the region. Yet at a crucial time in the region’s global development, demographic and environmental impacts on South Asian heritage threaten to undermine this asset. In drawing together expertise from across South Asia and the UK this workshop addresses this specific concern, to explore how ‘Transforming heritage’ can: 1. create resilient communities through finding sustainable paths to use the past as a means for economic security; 2. forge new collaborations using conflicted pasts and contested heritage to build shared futures; 3. share techniques and resources for safeguarding cultural and natural heritage in vulnerable and threatened environments. The workshop targets three key areas of global challenge identified by the RCUK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (see appendix 1, below) and these form the structure for the ‘Transforming Heritage’ workshop in New Delhi, India, over 19—23 March 2017.
Period19 Mar 201723 Mar 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationNew Delhi, India
Degree of RecognitionInternational