This is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada-funded Partnership project consisting of 33 partner organizations and 24 co-applicants and collaborators from six countries in Western Europe (Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom) and North America (Canada, United States). The partnership examines the historical roots and lived experience of deindustrialization as well as the political responses to it. The overall goal is to understand deindustrialization in transnational and comparative perspective, its causes, the responses to it, its effects, and its legacies.  Dr Jackie Clarke is leading the thematic strands on Gender and Family (with Professor Arthur McIvor) and Working-Class Expression (with Professor Tim Strangleman).

Working with Professor Susan Fitzmaurice (PI) and a team of academic and NGO collaborators, Professor Stephen Forcer is a Co-Investigator on £148,565 project that is scoping how the performing arts – from theatre and dance to comedy – can be used to understand and address social violence, particularly everyday forms of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. The project is designed and implemented in partnership with the NGOs Timap for Justice (Sierra Leone) and Clowns Without Borders (South Africa). Fieldwork is based on a series of performance workshops (comedy, theatre, dance, song) and interviews in different communities, and is providing data for thinking about wider methods and practice. A central aim of the project is to identify ways in which future research – and research funding calls – could address pressing gaps and challenges. Outputs will also consider the idea of development activity itself as a form of ‘performance’.

‘D’Annunzio as World Literature: Multilingualism, Translation, Reception’ is an international scholarly project organized by Elisa Segnini (University of Glasgow) and Michael Subialka (UC Davis). The project engages scholars from across the globe and will result in the production of a new publication as well as scholarly exchanges in conferences.