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Research Projects and Prizes

News about research projects and prizes

We are delighted to announce some significant new research projects.

Our newly appointed early medievalist, Dr Caroline Goodson, spent the year 2017-18 carrying out research funded by the Leverhulme on Urban Gardening in Early Medieval Italy. Her work re-considers the role of food cultivation in urban contexts from the period ca 600-ca 1100, demonstrating the key roles played by personal gardens and vegetable plots in politics and local society. Her year’s research included survey of charters and property documents as well as consideration of new archeobotanical data and recent excavations. 

Dr Andrew Arsan has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Prize for a project which examines the origins of modern Arab political thought. He will explore the evolution of the identity of ‘intellectual’ and engagements with ideas of empire amongst Arab thinkers ranging across Beirut, Damascus, Alexandria and Cairo, as well as Arab diasporas in Paris, New York and São Paolo.

Prof Eugenio Biagini has been awarded a three year Leverhulme Fellowship, examining religious minorities and the construction of democracy in twentieth-century Ireland. Prof Biagini’s globally recognised research is showcased in this newsletter.

Dr Lucy Delap will begin a three year Leverhulme funded collaboration with the British Library and Sussex University, looking at the history of feminist publishing and business practice. The project will focus on the periodical Spare Rib and the publishing house Virago, and will commission new oral histories and digital mapping resources. Researchers will examine the innovative development of ‘profit with purpose’ in the late twentieth century women’s movement, and link this contemporary history to the ongoing development of ethical capitalism in the present day.

The British Academy has awarded a two-year Newton International Fellowship to Dr Yuliya Hilevych to undertake a project on social history of infertility in Britain.  In January 2018, she will join the History Faculty as a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy. She will work with Prof Simon Szreter, and has previously held research positions at Radboud University and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), and participated in research projects for the United Nations and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security.

Also awarded an International Newton Fellowship, we welcome Dr. Marie de Rugy. Dr de Rugy completed her PhD in Modern History at Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne and has published on the history of geography and cartography. She will be working with Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram at the Faculty of History on a project utilising an unique set of Asian maps held in Cambridge and beyond.

Congratulations to Dr Renaud Morieux, who has been awarded the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award for his book, The Channel: England, France, and the Construction of a Maritime Border in the Eighteenth Century(Cambridge University Press, 2016).  

This prize is awarded annually to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history.

Student prizes and honours

Jilna Shah’s undergraduate dissertation 'The Conservative Party and British Indians, 1975-90', has won the 2017 History of Parliament's annual Undergraduate Dissertation competition for the best undergraduate dissertation.

Graduate student Pedro Feitoza won the 2017 World Christianities Essay Prize. Pedro's article examines the production and circulation of Brazil’s first evangelical periodical, the Imprensa Evangelica, created by American Presbyterian missionaries and administered by Brazilian converts, and won the inaugural prize created in 2017 by The Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

Graduate student Stephanie Mawson won the Robert F. Heizer Article Award for a paper published in Ethnohistory. Her paper was titled 'Philippine Indios in the Service of Empire: Indigenous Soldiers and Contingent Loyalty’.