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Cultures

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Culture surrounds and yet eludes us. We study it and, perversely, produce it in the process.

Cultures are local and global, national and regional. They are invented and ideologically transmitted, stratified into 'high' and 'pop', mapped onto – and creators of – social divisions, authenticated, ritualised, contested, appropriated, performed and commodified. There are organisational and institutional cultures, sub- and counter-cultures. Culture is in motion, mediated through discourses – spoken, visual and textual – and in television and social media. Culture is contextual, hailing kin, strangers, spirits, animals, plants and objects into cultural worlds, revealing the boundaries of sense and meaning intermeshed in materials, the environment and the social. Culture surrounds and yet eludes us. We study it and, perversely, produce it in the process.

In CCIG we bring to its study a range of methodologies from the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The study of cultures opens out a range of questions about art, heritage, home, identity, nature, politics, society and religion. Across these sites and others, it becomes possible to mobilise culture as a critical concept for understanding processes of disruption and assertions of tradition in a world marked by rapid social change.

 

Stream Leader

Dr Paul-François Tremlett