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IHSS Large Grant Seed-corn Funding

In recognition of the challenges created for researchers by the COVID-19 pandemic the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has committed further funds to be made available to academic staff to support individuals at various stages of their career.

The Large Grant Seed-corn Funding scheme, overseen by the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, is now launched for a further two rounds in 2021/22. The limit to the funds available per application has been raised to £5000.

The fund’s primary purpose remains to pump-prime research leading to the submission of large, externally funded research applications by enabling academics to develop a full proposal for submission to an external funder. The expectation is that such applications should be clearly identified and formulated in the application and should be substantial in nature and in value (£350,000 and above).

Currently Funded

2021-22

Gender Violence and Killings of Girls and Women in Mexico: Trends, Causes and Effective Interventions led by Prof Roxana Gutierrez-Romero (School of Business and Management) aims to narrow the critical gap in knowledge and contribute to the literature and policymaking and design effective interventions to prevent and reduce gender violence.

Planetary portals: changes of state in the Anthropocene led by Dr Kerry Holden (School of Geography) and Prof Kathryn Yusoff (School of Geography) aims to expose the forgotten stories and geographies of extraction through the production of a series of conceptual maps, portal methodologies and artistic practices in collaboration with partners in London, New York and Cape Town.

Group Formation and Maintenance in the Abbasid Caliphate, 750-1000 led by Dr Anna Chrysostomides (School of History) aims to compare the factors that caused ethnic or religious groups to form or disintegrate in the Islamic Abbasid caliphate which, at its height, spanned from Northern India to Africa. The project hopes to explore non-Muslim (Zoroastrian, Christian, Jewish and polytheist) identity formation and disintegration alongside the ever-changing identities of early Islamic groups.

Global Ecologies of Work: A Case Study of Namibia’s ‘Green Hydrogen Rush’ led by Dr William Monteith (School of Geography) proposes to address the ‘labour gap’ in debates on climate solutions by conducting one of the first comprehensive investigations into the emerging green hydrogen industry in Namibia.

War and Welfare: Historical Record Linkage and the Possibilities for Assessing Social and Economic Rupture led by Dr Francesca Cornaglia (School of Economics and Finance). Using the First World War as a case study, this initial scoping exercise will ascertain the methodologies for linking large datasets to explore the true extent of the ruptures to social and economic life caused by war. The aim of this stage is to scope the largely digitised material to develop deeper understandings of the familial, marital, health (physical and mental) and employment circumstances of the men who were conscripted and/or went to war.

Life with Houseplants after Lockdown led by Dr Giulia Carabelli (School of Politics and International Relations). Dr Carabelli is developing an argument for human-plant relationships understood through the lens of solidarity, relationality and collaboration conducting preliminary research at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.

Dr James Bradley (School of Geography) will use funds to experiment on material gathered at the Jotun Springs in Svalbard to provide preliminary data informing the development of his research project proposal entitled DEEP-LIFE: Dispersal of life from the deep biosphere to the Cryosphere.

Constitutions of Accumulation: Regimes of dispossession and racialization in the Chagos Archipelago Dr Tanzil Chowdhury (School of Law) is exploring the relationship between UK Public Law and regimes of dispossession and racialization, taking the dispossession of the Chagos Archipelago between 1968 and 1971 as a point of departure.

Dr Philippa Williams (School of Geography) will use her grant to undertake work mapping India’s digital health ecosystem, the digital leaders and drivers and to conducting interviews with medical health practitioners in order to develop her grant proposal on Political anatomy of digital health in India.

Dr Rowan Lubbock (School of Politics and International Relations) will use his grant to explore the connections between humanity’s transformation of the earth and the transformation of ‘the international’ in his proposal Fields and Frontiers: Agriculture and the Making of International (Dis)Order.

The Pillage of Distant Worlds: An Intellectual History of the North/South Divide Dr Musab Younis (School of Politics and International Relations) is in the preliminary stages of developing this research project about global inequality and will start with support for a comprehensive literature review.

The following projects for whom funding had been previously agreed will also be carried out in 2021-22:

Race, Religion, and Industry in Central Africa: American Protestants in the Congo under Belgian Rule, 1891-1960
Dr Reuben Loffman (School of History)

Momentous Triangulations: Thinking World Literature in Moscow, Delhi and Beijing
Prof Galin Tihanov (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Early Cinema in Hong Kong and Singapore
Dr Mario Slugan (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Previously funded activities

Dr Lucy Bolton (School of Languages, Linnguistics and Film) will be leading a project entitled "British Film Costume Design: Creation, Manufacture, Performance and Afterlife”. This is a collaboration the British Film Institute, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Royal Museums Greenwich.

Dr Richard Coulton (School of English and Drama) will receive support to work on his project “Extended Specimens: Indigeneity and the Early Herbarium”. This project will significantly extend and consolidate an existing research collaboration between Coulton and Mark Carine / Charles E. Jarvis at the Natural History Museum (Plant Sciences).

Micro-AP: Microbial activity in frozen Arctic Permafrost

Dr James Bradley (School of Geography)

Governing the ‘spatial imaginary’ after Brexit: the future of English city-regions Early Cinema in Hong Kong and Singapore
Dr Patrick Diamond (School of Politics and International Relations)

Early Cinema in Hong Kong and Singapore
Dr Mario Slugan (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

A State of Legislatures: American Legislative Output, 1789-1861
Dr Daniel Peart (School of History)

Daoism on Film: Aesthetics and Practices of Anthropocosmic Cinema
Dr Kiki Tianqi Yu (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Momentous Triangulations: Thinking World Literature in Moscow, Delhi and Beijing
Professor Galin Tihanov (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Multimodal Mobility: Exploring a synthetic approach to word/image combinations that foster media literacy

Professor Adrian Armstrong (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Race, Religion, and Industry in Central Africa: American Protestants in the Congo under Belgian Rule, 1891-1960
Dr Reuben Loffman (School of History)

The Peace Project: Thinking Nonviolence in Visual Culture
Dr Guy Westwell and Dr Anat Pick (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Creating a chronological framework for linking climate, environmental change and human colonisation of the South Pacific
Dr Anna Bourne (School of Geography)

Designs on International Organisations
Dr Isobel Roele (School of Law)

Gender Bias and Witness Credibility in Sexual Assault Trials
Dr Erez Levon and Dr Yang Yee (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Political Parties and Democracy in Latin American Cities (PADILAC)
Dr Sam Halvorsen (School of Geography)

Digital Financial Inclusion at the Margins (DFI-ATM)
Professor Kavita Datta and Dr Philippa Williams (School of Geography)

Movement Parties: A New Chance for Democracy?
Dr Lasse Thomassen (School of Politics and International Relations)

Multimedia sharing in WhatsApp and its impact on reducing social isolation among transnational grandparents.
Dr Agnieszka Lyons (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film)

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