Centre for Christianity and Culture, York
The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture (CSCC) is a preeminent interdisciplinary research institution. Applying their proficiency in history, archaeology, literature, art history, theology, and advanced technology, the Centre conducts research, develops interactive resources, and partners with major heritage sites to deliver innovative interpretation that enriches visitor experiences.
The vast cultural heritage found in art, literature, music, and historic buildings can often be difficult to access and comprehend, particularly considering how much of it has been profoundly influenced by Christian belief and practice. Established in 1999, the CSCC focuses on this critical cultural aspect, striving to bridge this gap in understanding.
The CSCC team has both initiated and partnered in substantial Arts and Humanities Research Council projects, collaborating with colleagues from York and other universities. Originally, the Centre's objective was to support teaching and research through books, international conferences, and the provision of cultural tools to aid engagement with subjects significantly affected by Christian thought and spirituality. Presently, the books and interactive digital resources created by the CSCC are used globally in educational institutions and by general audiences.
CSCC is renowned for its substantial research projects and its use of 3D digital visualisation as a research tool and a method of bringing recent research to life in notable historic churches. Additionally, the Centre's team leverages their research and technological expertise to offer heritage consultancy services for historic cathedrals, churches, and other institutions, and to design and implement interpretation schemes.
Key activities of the Centre include:
- Conducting major research projects.
- Collaborating with heritage bodies to research and create innovative interpretation projects.
- Creating research and teaching resources, such as books, digital resources, and online material.
- Managing an extensive network of eminent scholars and educators.
- Organising international conferences and sponsoring sessions at significant conferences in the UK and the US.
No, this infrastructure does not provide funding.
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