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Thinking Deep-Novel Creative Approaches to the Underground

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 863944

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2020

  • End date

    30 June 2025

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 940 685

  • EU contribution

    € 1 940 685

Hosted by:

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

Objective

THINK DEEP pioneers a creative practice driven interdisciplinary approach to the underground.
It begins from the dual premise that, firstly the underground (or subterranean) is both the site of current environmental concerns (e.g. extraction), and the setting for developing solutions to these concerns. But that secondly, currently we lack approaches that adequately understand the underground, its current use and conservation, and its future possibilities. Underground scholars have long argued that what is needed is an interdisciplinary approach, as yet, however, where interdisciplinarity has been achieved, it has largely brought together science and social science. Unconventionally, THINK DEEP situates creative practices (such as visual art or participatory theatre) together with arts and humanities theories as the cornerstone of an interdisciplinary response to three pressing underground research problems:
1. How to sense the underground, an often inaccessible environment?
2. How to contend with varied underground imaginations, which shape underground understanding, use and conservation?
3. How to understand the speculative nature of ‘knowing’ the underground?
It will address these problems through global case studies from three fields of underground research: geoscience, underground urban studies, and geoconservation.
Its unconventional ambition enables THINK DEEP to deliver a timely and distinctive new contribution to underground scholarship that will transform the field’s future research directions. Furthermore, the project’s pioneering approach will bring about a step-change in relations between creative practices and research more generally. In understanding and evaluating the creative practice and research relations that sit at its heart, THINK DEEP enables ground-breaking understandings of these relations, and of their profound possibilities with respect to a range of research fields, including those which engage pressing environmental issues.

Host institution

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

Address

Egham Hill University Of London
Tw20 0ex Egham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 940 685

Beneficiaries (1)

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 940 685

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 863944

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2020

  • End date

    30 June 2025

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 940 685

  • EU contribution

    € 1 940 685

Hosted by:

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom