Researchers Gain Pounds 200,000 Grants for Social Projects
Byline: GARETH EVANS
UNIVERSITY scholars have been awarded pounds 200,000 research grants to help promote better understanding of humanities and social sciences. Dr Joy Porter and Dr Mike Franklin from Swansea University's College of Arts and Humanities both won British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships.
The British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences, awards research funding to less than 10% of applicants.
The awards support individual researchers who submit exceptional research proposals and who help greater public understanding of the discipline.
Dr Porter's research award follows further investment in Native American studies at Swansea University by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2010.
Her latest British Academy research is titled: The American Presidency and Tribal Diplomacy in the 20th Century. Dr Porter said: "My research addresses the most important question in 20th-century Native American politics - how decisive were personal tribal relationships with individual American presidents? "The answer could alter fundamentally not only our existing understandings of the presidency but also how we regard relationships between 'small nations' and dominant powers more generally.
"This is work likely to be of profound interest to native peoples and to anyone curious about how individual presidents functioned. The research will be publicised via American Indian Radio Satellite, Native American Public Telecommunications, Lincoln, Nebraska - a library group for Public Service Broadcasting in the US - and through a major US press."
As part of the award, Dr Porter will carry out extensive research in presidential libraries in Maryland and New Mexico during 2012.
Dr Franklin's project is entitled: Pluralism and the Multicultural Heritage of Maurya and Mughal India: the contribution of Warren Hastings' Orientalist Regime. …