Grant winners – 22 June 2017

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

June 22, 2017
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research grants

The role of neurotransmitter release in synapse formation

Elucidating the mechanisms and pathways of extracellular vesicle uptake and intercellular stress response

Screening for regulators of human embryonic axis elongation in vitro

HDHL-biomarkers: fatty acid metabolism – interlinking diet with cardiometabolic health (FAME)

Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants


Advanced molecular materials based on 3D-printed polymeric ionic liquids

Sub-ice weathering: a missing link in the global silicon cycle?

The cooperative brain: multipartite plasticity for entwined cortical functions

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research grants

Tying Quipu’s key knots

Manuscript pamphleteering in early Stuart England

Black Lives Matter: usable pasts and international futures

Reflections on the centenary of the First World War: learning and legacies for the future

In detail

Award winner: Sally Bushell
Institution: Lancaster University
Value: £914,000

Creating a chronotopic ground for the mapping of literary texts: innovative data visualisation and spatial interpretation in the digital medium

This project will digitally map and create 3D worlds of literary texts to facilitate full exploration of literary time and place. How to spatialise literary texts is a problem that Sally Bushell, head of the department of English and creative writing at Lancaster, had been pondering. “The difficulty was how to do it in a way that was integrated with the text itself and how to categorise different kinds of fictional world that might not map on to actual places,” she said. “Then I was working on [Mikhail] Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope and I realised that it offered a model that could work. In short though, I wanted to develop the concept before someone else thought of it. We hope to advance understanding of fictional space and place by uniting the verbal representation of place and space in the fictional world with mapping and exploring it in a digital environment.”

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