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£830,000 grant success for Faculty of Arts

9 October 2009

Two grants totalling almost £830,000 have been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to Professor Neville Morley of the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Professor James Ladyman of the Department of Philosophy.

Professor Morley has been awarded around £450,000 for a four-year project on the reception, reinterpretation and influence of the Greek historian Thucydides which will examine how knowledge, understanding and interpretation of his work has developed and changed within different national traditions since the Renaissance.

The grant includes funding for a postdoctoral research assistant and the results will include an edited 'Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides' and a monograph on 'Thucydides and the Idea of History', a series of research workshops and a final conference on 'Thucydides our Contemporary?'

Professor Ladyman has been awarded around £380,000 for a three-year project on The Foundations of Structuralism, which aims to integrate work in philosophical logic, mathematics and physics concerning the nature of objects and individuality.

The grant includes funding for two doctoral studentships, one in philosophical logic and the other in philosophy of physics.  Two large conferences and four workshops will also take place during the project.

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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