Collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and events

  • Matthew Brown (HIPLA) has set up a number of innovative projects including Bringing Memories in from the Margins is an interdisciplinary investigation of the creative ways in which marginalized communities in Colombia have used arts-based methodologies to resist violence. It is funded by the Newton Fund, AHRC and the Ministerio de Cultura.

  • The Quipu Project is a transmedia documentary, film and archive about the unconsented sterilizations 1990s Peru .

  • Lucas Nunes Vieira is the principal investigato on the ESRC funded Improving products and processes in translation technology use (IMPETUS) project, 2019-2021.

  • Ruth Bush (French) and Madhu Krishnan (English) have mounted a project entitled Literary Translation Workshops: Evaluating Social Impact and Global Possibilities, bringing together Europe-based and Africa-based translators and publishers through a series of creative events in Bristol, London and Paris (2020-22).

  • Jo Crow (Hipla) has been working on a project entitled Mapping Intercultural Connections and Conversations of the Past funded by UoB's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, which aims to create an educational toolkit, to make visible and accessible the complex social worlds of three prominent Mapuche political activists of the early twentieth century. It marks a new stage in an ongoing collaboration with Dr Allison Ramay at the Catholic University in Chile and creative technologist Ewan Cass-Kavanagh, and brings on board education specialist Marcela Ramos, the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Regional Museum of Araucania, and three different schools in Chile. The precise output will be an updated webpage, to be installed in the above museum, and new teaching materials to be used in secondary schools in Chile.

  • Martin Hurcombe (French) has been awarded a Collaborative Fellowship (2021) by the Brigstow Institute to critically interrogate structural inequalities that have been particularly highlighted by the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The project is called: “Access and Active Leisure in a Time of the Pandemic: Tales of Two Cities”. The fellowship will both think through how the social sciences, arts and humanities bring different disciplinary and methodological approaches to critically interrogate these structural inequalities and experiment with solutions driven by the communities most affected.

  • Connor Doak, together with colleagues Andy Byford (Durham) and Stephen Hutchings (Manchester) co-led Transnational Russian Studies, a project aimed at pioneering a new, transnational approach to Russian studies, which resulted in an edited volume published with Liverpool University Press in 2020.

  • John Foot organised an international workshop with the psychiatrist Tom Burns in Oxford in 2019 concerning the global influence of the Italian radical psychiatrist Franco Basaglia which led to an inter-disciplinary edited book called Basaglia’s International Legacy. From Asylum to Community (OUP, 2020) with contributions from psychiatrists, historians, political scientists and mental health professionals including leading figures in the WHO.

  • The Brigstow-funded 'How to Open a Print Shop' is run by this core project team - Rhiannon Daniels (Italian) Jenny Batt and John McTague in English, Rachel Marsh from Semple Press and Angie Butler from Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE.

  • Catherine O’Rawe (Italian) is a partner in the ERC funded Studiotec project where they are working with a geographer who specialises in data visualization, and with VR experts.

  • Carol O”Sullian (Translation) has been working on a project on Women subtitlers in the UK film industry, 1931-1949. It is British Academy funded, 2018-2020.

  • Xiaochun Zhang (Translation) is working on a project entitled ‘Can audio description make video gaming possible for blind and partially sighted players? See also the associated Brigstow funded project ‘Living well by playing well: video game localisation and global distribution’. Funded by the Brigstow Institute, 2019.

  • The Bristol Poetry Institute (established by John Lyon, English) has seen collaboration with colleagues in the School of Modern Languages who are active in modern and contemporary poetry studies: Rebecca Kosick (Translation), Susan Harrow (French) and Robert Vilain (German).

  • Medieval England’s view of its relationship with the East and the comparison with the 21st-century relationship between the West and Islam is a key strand of an AHRC-funded collaborative project on Charlemagne in England (£96K). Marianne Ailes (French) is the co-investigator on this project shared between the Universities of Bristol and Reading.

  • Marianne Ailes is programme director for the MA in Medieval Studies and General Editor of the publications series of the Centre for Medieval Studies.


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