Presentation of the partnership with the programme Care for the Future : Thinking Forward through the Past

In 2014, the Cluster of Excellence Pasts in the Present sealed a partnership with a sister British program Care for the Future – Thinking Forward Through the Past, funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council and coordinated by the University of Exeter. Enjoying an identical lifespan as Pasts in the Present, Care for the Future’s research questions and methods sound familiar - the expression of history, cultural heritage, and memory – and its emphasis on the future nicely complements the Cluster’s emphasis on the digital humanities. Both share the priority of aiding young researchers and rethinking the ways in which the academic and heritage worlds interact. This synergy has already led to many concrete initiatives:

8 co-funded Franco-British projects

The Criminalisation of Dictatorial Pasts in Europe and Latin America in Global Perspective

Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis and Cross-Case Synthesis of Oral Histories and History in Post-Conflict and Postcolonial Contexts

Reviewing Spectacle: The Pasts, Presents and Futures of the Situationist International in Contemporary Performance

Universal histories and universal museums: a transnational comparison

‘Dark Tourism’ in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory

Animals, Lifeways and Lifeworlds in Yup’ik Archaeology (ALLY): Subsistence, Technologies, and Communities of Change

OPAL the Oxford-Paris Alexander Project - Transnational Perspectives in a Digital Age

DaCaRyH (Data science for the study of calypso-rhythm through history)

4 Franco-British Research Workshops

January 16th & 17th, 2015 - Royaumont Foundation, Val d’Oise, France

April 22nd & 23rd, 2015 - Royal Society, London, UK

June 2nd & 3rd, 2016 - Centre Michelet et Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France

March 23rd & 24th, 2017 - German Historical Institute, London, UK