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Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities

Supports proof of concept research and enterprise projects  

Instigates and enables timely and innovative interventions 
Advocates for collaborative regional and civic partnerships 
Harnesses new initiatives between the creative, cultural and heritage sectors 

Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities supports socially engaged creative and critical research. We fund pilot and proof of concept research projects. We enable and support a range of focused cross-disciplinary conversations and events. We broker collaborative partnerships, placements and innovative approaches to knowledge exchange.

SIAH champions the significance of the arts and humanities in responding to the most pressing crises of the contemporary. We support a broad range of research but have a particular focus on two areas.

Firstly, we lead on critical and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the grand challenges. We support research groupings that ask what does it mean to be well, how does technology make us, how can we weather uncertainty?

Secondly, we explore the roles that art, culture and creativity play in contemporary public life. We seek to critically understanding how culture contributes to the civic and public realms, to social, cultural and economic regeneration, to place-shaping and wellbeing. In 2021, we ran the seminar series RESET2021 which hosted politicians, policy-makers and practitioners from the creative and cultural industries. We’re starting 2022 with SIAH: Public Life, drawing a range of leading intellectuals into conversation about what the ideal of the 'public life' can mean to Arts and Humanities researchers and disciplines.

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