In October, the Cultural Creative Agency held an open call among independent Russian researchers to participate in a grant program for the study of Qatari history and culture. The aim of the project is to look at the intangible heritage of Qatari through new perceptions within the current theoretical discourse, as well as to identify some of the unexpected parallels, analogies, and points of cross-cultural dialogue between the countries of the East.
Five researchers won the competition. Anna Varfolomeeva will develop the theme of care within heritage of the pearl in Qatar, Alevtina Borodulina will take up the traditions of storytelling using the example of expositions of Qatari museums, Alena Shapovalova will present a project about the past and future of the traditional decoration of the battoulah, Nikolai Smirnov will look for alternative geopolitical and geocultural models of nomadism, and Eva Rapoport will study the culture of nomads and the ways that digital technologies have pervaded it.
Each of them will receive a grant of 70,000 rubles, as well as the opportunity to travel to Doha (the exact date depends on the epidemic situation). The trip will be organized by and paid for by CCA. We will publish their research projects on the EastEast platform or in the print edition of the EastEast Paper.