10 - Dec/2017
Welcome to our last ARK Newsletter of 2017. As always, it's been a busy 12 months, involving publications, surveys, events and much more. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did, and that you can join us again next year.
New award for CAIN
In December 2017, CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet)
was awarded funding from the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to carry out a project entitled 'Documenting the Impact of the Troubles on the Republic of Ireland'.
The CAIN Web site already contains a range of information and source documents that relate to the Republic of Ireland. However, this project will expand those materials and also make the information easier to find from a central location on the site. The project will also catalogue relevant information on other web sites and catalogue the most important collections of physical materials held on the topic. Work on the project will be undertaken in 2018.
Focus on culture
Hull's year as 2017 UK City of Culture is drawing to a close, and it was recently announced that Coventry will host that role in 2021. However, despite much public interest and media attention, it is sometimes unclear exactly what 'culture' means.
In 2016, ARK explored what culture means to young people aged 16 years, by including questions in the Young Life and Times (YLT) Survey
. In addition, the YLT team carried out five focus groups across Northern Ireland.
Culture Matters: Young People's Perspectives
is a Research Update by Martina McKnight and Grace Kelly which outlines key findings from this research, and focuses on young people's cultural attitudes and behaviour. One key finding is that how young people interpret culture, and what they believe constitutes cultural activity, is hugely complex and multi-layered.
Find out more
Update on ARK surveys
Our 3 annual surveys record public attitudes to key social issues.
If you, or a family member, are asked to participate in any of these surveys, please take part - your views are important! As always, the results of these surveys will be made publicly available by summer 2018.
ARK is a joint initiative between Queen's University
and Ulster University
, and began in 2000. Our mission is to make social science knowledge on Northern Ireland easily accessible to the widest possible audience. Most of our dissemination is via our website at www.ark.ac.uk
, which is divided into four main areas:
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