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Four Cambridge academics were awarded prestigious Mid-Career Fellowships by the British Academy to carry out research in the humanities and social sciences

Four Cambridge academics are among 47 researchers who have been awarded Mid-Career Fellowships by the British Academy for 2017-18, it was announced yesterday.

The British Academy awards Mid-Career Fellowships to outstanding researchers who will promote public understanding and engagement in the humanities and social sciences. The Fellowships allow academics time away from teaching and administration commitments in order to focus on a major piece of research and to communicate their work to a wider audience. The new Mid-Career Fellows are recognised as excellent communicators and ‘champions’ in their field, as well as for their distinguished publication record. Award holders are typically within 15 years of their doctorate.

The four new Mid-Career Fellows from Cambridge are:

Dr Orietta Da Rold, Faculty of English/St John’s College. Her project, 'Paper in Late Medieval English Manuscript Culture from 1300 to 1475', will consider the influence of paper on book production and, more broadly, on the literary and non-literary culture of the late medieval period

Dr Robert Macfarlane, Faculty of English. His Fellowship will allow him to complete his book, 'Underland', a major exploration of subterranean space and its contemporary representations in the context of the Anthropocene. He also intends to curate a season of 'underworld' films at the South Bank, and to develop an associated exhibition of 'underworld' art at Tate Modern.

Dr Cameron Petrie, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. His Fellowship will allow him to complete the publication of the project, 'Land, Water and Settlement in Indus northwest India' and make its findings known to a wider public. The project has revolutionised our understanding of the nature of human and environment relationships during the rise, floret and decline of the urbanised Indus Civilisation (c.3000-1500 BC).

Dr Arathi Sriprakash, Faculty of Education. Her project, 'The contested science of education and international development: concepts and politics in Indian schooling, 1947-1968', examines the politics of knowledge in education and international development. Focusing on mass primary education in India, Dr Sriprakash wilI trace how scientific knowledge about schooling and society was produced, circulated, and legitimised in the two decades after Indian independence.

The Mid-Career Fellows will take up their awards in autumn 2017 for a period of up to 12 months.

The British Academy is the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.






Date awarded

14 August 2017

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L-R: Cameron Petrie, Orietta Da Rold, Robert Macfarlane and Arathi Sriprakash.