The British Academy awards funding for collaborative research projects between UK and Germany

23 Aug 2021

The British Academy has awarded funding to six new humanities and social sciences research projects examining issues related to “Ethical futures: realities, responsibilities and resourcefulness” to help strengthen ties and facilitate partnerships between researchers based in the UK and in Germany.

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the awards follow the 2nd UK-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium, held virtually by the British Academy in partnership with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in June 2021. The Symposium brought together early career researchers from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, to explore the issue of “Ethical Futures”.

Professor Simon Goldhill FBA, Foreign Secretary of the British Academy, said:

“These funding awards highlight the importance we place on collaborative engagement between disciplines, between countries and between communities of research, practice, and policy. They will enhance international ties between researchers in the UK and Germany, fostering talent within our disciplines and establishing foundations for future research in a range of fascinating areas.”

The award-holders are:

  • "Judicial activism in times of crisis - a comparative perspective" – Dr Agnieszka Kubal, University College London, and Dr Birgit Apitzsch, Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) Göttingen.
  • "Entanglements: Transcultural encounters, new forms of work and entrepreneurship" – Dr Ranji Devadason, Keele University, Dr Thomas Morsch, Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr Jens Wegener, Ruhr-Universität Bochum .
  • "Reimagining 'aliens' - nomenclatures of invasion, interdisciplinary connections and the impact on broader discourses about the spread of non-human species" – Dr Eric Tourigny, Newcastle University, Dr Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann, Freie Universität Berlin, Dr Nanna Heidenreich, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien and Dr Tiago de Luca, University of Warwick.
  • "Comparative research on food delivery platforms: pilot in Germany and the UK and establishment of an international network" – Dr Jamie Woodcock, The Open University, and Dr Caroline Ruiner, University of Hohenheim.
  • "Visual Culture, State Secrecy and Surveillance" – Dr Christopher Moran, University of Warwick, Dr Margaret Hillenbrand, University of Oxford, Dr Damien Van Puyvelde, University of Glasgow, Dr Jens Wegener, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Dr Thomas Gijswijt, University of Tübingen.
  • "Harmony Hall: a media/archaeology approach to Robert Owen’s Socialist Architecture" – Dr Katherine Fennelly, University of Sheffield, and Dr Martin Doll, Institut für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaft, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.

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