UON Music Lecturer and Researcher Wins Future Justice Prize 2014
The University of Newcastle's Dr Catherine Grant has been awarded the 2014 Future Justice Medal 'for future justice leadership and initiative in early career' for her work on endangered music.
A UON researcher and PhD supervisor, Dr Grant is an ethnomusicologist in the School of Creative Arts. She is also an activist and advocate for communities whose cultural traditions are at risk. The accolade has been granted for her leadership, enterprise and contribution to the advancement of future justice, through her research and advocacy on music endangerment and sustainability.
"The threat to intangible cultural heritage is something that we should all be concerned about, in a way, like the environmental crisis. It doesn't pose a threat to the very existence of humanity but it certainly poses a risk to how we relate to each other as people," shared Dr Grant.
The organisation Future Justice, an initiative of the philanthropic body Future Leaders, is committed to 'securing and strengthening the security, well-being and life chances of future generations.' The concept of Future Justice is based on the UNESCO 'Declaration on the Responsibilities of the Present Generation Towards Future Generations'.
The group grants two awards per year – the Future Justice Prize and the Future Justice Medal. They are granted to Australian individuals or organisations for outstanding contribution the advancement of economic, social, cultural and environmental concerns for the present generation, while strengthening the life chances and well-being of future generations.
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