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Just a quick update on the Project Continuity Day, hosted at GEES, University of Birmingham on 26 October 2012. We had a good turnout of researchers and project partners, with engaged debate circling around the slippery themes of cultural intermediation and theories of cultural production. A really helpful way of conceptualising intermediation as a ‘shared territory’ was proposed by Phil Jones with recourse to Bakhtin. This seems particularly appropriate given the range of disciplines, and diversity of stakeholders and communities who will be contributing to the project.   

Along with updates on working papers by Lisa de Propis and Samuel Mwaura, Ian Grosvenor and Natasha McNab, and Dave O’ Brien, international scoping studies have been commissioned. Exciting cities that will be used to contextualise the UK-based research include Chicago, Budapest, Delhi and Guangzhou. Also present was Keri Facer who introduced her role as Leadership Fellow for the AHRC Connected Communities agenda. Keri will be helping to support coherence and synergies across the Connected Communities projects, and is keen to hear from researchers and partners on how best to do this. The next Project Continuity Day is scheduled for 27 March 2013.

October 2012 Project Continuity Day PowerPoints