HRC doctoral fellowships have been awarded to seven outstanding 3rd year PhD researchers

Posted on 30 June 2017

The finals of the 2017 Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowships Competition were held on the 27th June, and fellowships were awarded to all seven finalists.

HRC doctoral fellows 2017.  L-R: Jennifer Cohen, Jiyi Ryu, David Worsley, Fiona Keenan, Tom Powles, Carla Suthren, Claire Benson.

This year, the nominated candidates came from the departments of English and Related Literature, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Film and Television and from the Centre for Medieval Studies.
Finalists were asked to give a prepared 10-minute presentation to demonstrate both the quality of their research and, specifically, their clarity in communicating their subject to a non-specialist audience. On the day we were treated to a series of fascinating insights into a diverse range of research being conducted across the Arts and Humanities. The panel and audience also had the opportunity to ask questions of each speaker.
‎‎‎The HRC Doctoral Fellowships panel of judges, chaired by Professor Judith Buchanan, Acting Dean for the Arts and Humanities, and comprising Professor Ron Cooke, former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr Damian Murphy, Research Theme Champion for Creativity, and Dr Keith Allen, incoming Deputy Director of the HRC, faced, as in previous years, a difficult task.  However, they decided unanimously to award the title of HRC Doctoral Fellow to all seven excellent finalists.  
The three top prizes were then presented to Fiona Keenan of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television and Tom Powles from the Centre for Medieval Studies (joint 1st place), Carla Suthren of the Department of English and Related Literature (3rd place).  Honorable mentions were also made of Claire Benson (History), Jennifer Cohen (Music), Jiyi Ryu (History of Art) and David Worsley (Philosophy).
The Humanities Research Centre is proud to have appointed seven strikingly able newly emerging academics to the ranks of its doctoral fellows and warmly wishes them all well as they move towards the final writing up and submission stages of their doctoral projects.
The HRC Doctoral Fellows and their presentation titles are:
  • Claire Benson (History) Boundaries of belonging in early modern London
  • Jennifer Cohen (Music) Playing with Time: The Interaction of Explicit and Tacit Knowledge in Musical Performance
  • Fiona Keenan (Theatre, Film and Television) Designing Digital Sound Machines
  • Tom Powles (Centre for Medieval Studies) A Craftsman of the Past: Storytelling and History in the writings of Orderic Vitalis
  • Jiyi Ryu (History of Art) Within, Within, Within: Encapsulating the British Imperial World
  • Carla Suthren (English and Related Literature) Shakespeare and the Renaissance Reception of Euripides
  • David Worsley (Philosophy) Making Amends: What? Why? How?