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Recent AHRC research leave grants

10 September 2009

Buddhist monks, Aristotle, Victorian poetry and incarceration in medieval England are the focus of four research projects to benefit from the latest round of AHRC Research Leave funding.

Dr Rita Langer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies has been awarded £25,000 for her research into the role of Buddhist monks in funerals and post-funerary rites.  Her work will focus on the three broad areas of activity performed by monks at Buddhist funerals: chanting, preaching and ritual.

Dr Giles Pearson in the Department of Philosophy has been awarded £24,000 to complete a book-length study on Aristotle and desire.  Driving the project is the belief that Aristotle’s account of desire is extremely important for a number of key topics in his philosophy, and is also of philosophical interest to us now.

Dr Gwen Seabourne in the School of Law has been awarded £6,000 to support her while she works on a book on the imprisonment of women in medieval England.  Looking at court records, chronicles and other medieval sources, she will consider the many ways in which medieval women might be confined without going through formal judicial process.  Aspects to be covered include hostage-taking, confinement in marriage, wardship and family situations, confinement on grounds of insanity, involuntary entry into nunneries and kidnapping and ravishment.

Jane Wright in the Department of English has been awarded £23,000 for her project ‘Sincerity: On Victorian Poetry, Literary Method and Trust’.

About the AHRC

Each year the AHRC provides approximately £102 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts.  In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,350 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute over a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

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