Grant winners – 23 March 2017

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

March 23, 2017
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Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants


Are collagen fibrils ladders for cells?

Proteolysis-dependent regulation of telomerase catalytic subunit

Asymmetric copper-catalysed multi-component assembly of high-value amines

Investigation of combustion chemistry using superfluid helium nanodroplets

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts

Inventor of Britain: the complete works of Humphrey Llwyd

Church, state, and nation: the journals of Herbert Hensley Henson, 1900-39

Expanded interiors: bringing contemporary site-specific fine art practice to Roman houses at Herculaneum and Pompeii

Natural Environment Research Council

  • Award winner: William McCaffrey
  • Institution: University of Leeds
  • Value: £100,283

Database technology for deep marine clastic characterisation: upscaling for impact

  • Award winner: Robbie Girling
  • Institution: University of Reading
  • Value: £501,019

Degradation of odour signals by air pollution: chemical mechanisms, plume dynamics and insect-orientation behaviour (DOMINO)

InSAR (interferometric synthetic aperture radar) as a tool to evaluate peatland sensitivity to global change

In detail

Award winner: Hector Patmore

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £200,452

Demonic exegesis: the role of biblical interpretation and exegetical encounter in the shaping of Jewish and Christian demonologies

Judaism had developed an extensive set of beliefs about demons by the end of the rabbinic period (AD70-c.500). Literature from this era connected these beliefs to specific writings from the Hebrew Scriptures. However, in their original historical contexts, few of these biblical texts have anything to do with demons. So how, and why, did the religious texts come to be understood as speaking of demons? This project will explore this phenomenon, “demonic exegesis”, by posing questions such as: which biblical texts did Jews in the period connect with demons, when were the texts first associated with demons, and how do these traditions relate to Christian biblical interpretation connected to demons? The study will draw together demonology, biblical interpretation, and Jewish-Christian interaction in the rabbinic period.

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