Grant winners - 11 September 2014

September 11, 2014

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Awards are worth £10,000-£30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancement

Duality in string theory, dualities in quantum field theories and applications

Robust chronologies and isotopic windows on human behaviour

Understanding climate change impacts on hydrological extremes


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Standard Research

Development of a functional electrical stimulation system for bone health maintenance in spinal cord injury patients

  • Award winner: Edward Archer
  • Institution: University of Ulster
  • Value: £82,793

An investigation into engineered thermoplastic polymer composite filament for through thickness reinforcement of laminated carbon fibre composites

Transport properties of incompressible field-guided MHD turbulence


Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Forces in neuronal development and growth

Quantum optics of mid-gap chalcogen donors in singlecrystal silicon

Expectation-driven language learning

The molecular control of bacterial biting and gliding in Bdellovibrio

In detail

Stuart Taberner, University of Leeds

Research Project Grants

Award winner: Stuart Taberner
Institution: University of Leeds
Value: £260,140

Traumatic pasts, cosmopolitanism and nation-building in contemporary German and South African literature

This project will analyse literary fiction in post-unification Germany and post-apartheid South Africa as a critique of the way these countries relate their traumatic pasts to the globalisation of Holocaust memory (“cosmopolitan memory”) in order to promote nation-building. The study will explore coming to terms with National Socialism in Germany and apartheid in South Africa and also investigate the way literature in both countries is reflecting on and shaping these processes. “At the heart of this three-year project is a comparison of the ways literary fiction emerging from Germany and South Africa is currently probing the tensions that can emerge between nation-building and this commitment to honour past victims by rejecting prejudice in the present,” wrote Stuart Taberner in the Leverhulme Trust’s newsletter. “What this project seeks to do is to examine how writers from a variety of backgrounds in each country are confronting ‘the nation’ with its unfulfilled promises and its incomplete reckoning with the past.”

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