The British Academy awards over £2.2 million in Visiting Fellowships to strengthen global research connections

4 May 2023

The British Academy has awarded over £2.2m in Visiting Fellowships to enable 84 academics from around the world to foster new collaborations with UK colleagues across the SHAPE disciplines.

Funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and worth up to £33,000 each, the Fellowships provide outstanding scholars from overseas with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution for up to six months. During this time, researchers will develop new and future partnerships for collaborative research in the SHAPE disciplines.

The scheme will welcome Visiting Fellows from 38 different countries, hosted across 43 UK institutions. Projects funded in this year’s cohort include those looking at Polish migrant activism, postcoloniality in Zimbabwe and labour exploitation in South America.

The 2023 Visiting Fellowships include:

  • ‘Secondhand Literature: Used Books Across England, 1660-1800’ - Professor Abdelmjid Kettioui, hosted at Keele University
  • ‘The Practice of Perspective in the Works of Du Cerceau at the British Museum’ - Professor Georges Farhat, hosted at the British Museum
  • ‘Turkish Literature in English: Mapping Translation in the British Publishing Archives (1945-1975)’ - Professor Özlem Berk Albachten, hosted at the University of Reading
  • ‘Unstable Environments: Reading Climate Catastrophe Across the Long Nineteenth Century’ – Dr Katherine Bowers, hosted at the University of St Andrews
  • ‘Contested Histories of Nation-Building: Counternarratives in Contemporary Brazilian Literature’ – Dr Lucas Amaral de Oliveira, hosted at Queen’s University Belfast
  • ‘Decolonising Radical Democracy: Reimagining Social Movements and Solidarity in the Age of Authoritarianism’ - Dr Kaan Agartan, hosted at the University of Huddersfield
  • ‘Leila Aboulela and Muslim Women: From Rescue to Resistance’ - Dr Sadia Zulfiqar, hosted at Aberystwyth University.

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