Grant winners – 2 April 2015

April 2, 2015

British Academy

Rising Star Engagement Awards 2015

This scheme provides funding of up to £15,000 to distinguished early career researchers to engage in career development by organising interdisciplinary events for other early career researchers

Criminal adjudication in the age of migration: an international workshop

Establishing the international network of researchers for the promotion of qualitative and mixed methodological approaches in research policy and evaluation

Rewrite the headlines: engaging young people in evaluating research in the media


National Institute for Health Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme

The PAVE Trial: paclitaxel-assisted balloon angioplasty of venous stenosis in haemodialysis access. A multi-centre double-blind randomised controlled trial in haemodialysis patients with a stenosis in a native arteriovenous fistula

Health Technology Assessment Programme

The CRASH-3 Trial: tranexamic acid for the treatment of significant traumatic brain injury


Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships

Challoner unbound: treason, politics, religion and martyrdom c.1570-c.1745

French music in the time of Jehan, Duke of Berry, c.1350-1415

Research Project Grants

Extending histories: from medieval mottes to prehistoric round mounds

In detail

Award winner: Edwin Williamson
Institution: University of Oxford
Value: £99,508

The making of Don Quixote: how Cervantes came to write the first modern novel

Don Quixote is generally regarded as the first modern novel, but there is still no satisfactory explanation as to how its modernity came about: how a parody of chivalric romance, written by a 17th-century Spaniard, could have laid the foundations of modern fiction,” Edwin Williamson, King Alfonso XIII professor of Spanish studies at the University of Oxford, told Times Higher Education. “This project involves a critical study of Cervantes’ evolution as a writer during the last three decades of his life, with a focus on the process of composition of his masterpiece in the context of his other writings and the Spanish culture and society of his time. This will include a study of Cervantes’ reflections on the art of fiction as they develop diachronically through his writing, exploring issues of literary authority and expressive freedom.” Professor Williamson said that his principal aim is to produce a new interpretation of the novel. “I hope to demonstrate that Don Quixote owes its modernity to Cervantes’ genius in perceiving the creative power of the knight’s madness and in following its inherent logic through to its ultimate consequences, thereby impelling the work beyond the horizons of early modern Spain,” he explained.

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