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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Erica Wickerson awarded British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

Congratulations to Erica Wickerson, who has been awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, for her work on 'Borders and Crossings: The Arts and Society'!

For further details, please see the British Academy's news post about the awards, as well as the full list of 2019 awards.

Please see below for a short description of Erica's project:

"Informed discussion of the representation in word and image of space, time, and perspective, is highly significant in societies experiencing mass migration and a stark increase in divisive nationalism and right-wing populism. This project explores ways in which the arts can respond to social divisions and engage non-academic audiences with key aspects of cultural analysis. The project will bring Early Career Researchers together with more senior academics, educational practitioners, and representatives of charitable organisations concerned with refugees and prisoners – groups experiencing radical transitions and marginalisation. It will showcase a public art exhibition with an interdisciplinary panel discussion of how art engages with questions around migration, memory, the cultural representation of trauma, and the intergenerational transmission of experience. It will ensure longer-term legacies in newspaper articles, further public dissemination activities, and a website presenting filmed extracts of the events, accompanied by an accessible book on 'Why We Care about Culture'."