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UCD Postdoctoral Researchers Awarded MSCA Fellowships

The School of English, Drama, and Film is delighted to report that seven postdoctoral researchers have received (opens in a new window)Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowships, including two members within our own department: Dr James Little and Dr Helen Newsome, whose research will be mentored by Professors Emilie Pine and Danielle Clarke, respectively.

Dr Little's work, entitled 'CONFINED: Mapping Literary Representations of Coercive Confinement in Ireland, from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present' "will define how literary representations of coercive confinement contribute to Irish national memory. Starting with the rapid growth of Ireland’s carceral institutions in the mid-nineteenth century, the project will map the depiction of prisons, asylums, industrial schools, mother-and-baby homes, Magdalen laundries and direct provision centres across prose, poetry and theatre." The research will also feature contributions from Museum of Literature Ireland and RTÉ. 

Dr Newsome's project, 'The Queens’ Post: The form, function, and power of Early Tudor queens' correspondence' "provides the first large-scale analysis of the form, function, and power of early Tudor queens' correspondence. It investigates the letters of nine important early Tudor queens, including the wife of Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Henry VII's daughters Margaret Tudor and Mary Tudor Brandon, and the wives of Henry VIII: Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Katherine Howard, Anne of Cleves, and Katherine Parr. Using an innovative, interdisciplinary methodology – employing methods from linguistics, literary studies, archival studies, material culture, gender studies, and diplomatic history – The Queens' Post will advance our understanding of the nature and power of royal women's voices and writings of the past, and reconsider the power and position queens held in early modern politics and diplomacy."

About the Fellowships: "The European Commission will support a total of 1,156 experienced post-doctoral researchers under the 2021 MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme. The action provides support to excellent individual researchers to implement an original and personalised research project, while developing their skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

A total of €242 million has been invested in the Fellows to work at top universities, research centres, private organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe and the rest of the world. The European Research Executive Agency (REA) received 8356 applications for this call.

The Commission will award €206 million to 1,025 researchers through European Postdoctoral Fellowships, allowing them to carry out their projects in the EU or countries associated to Horizon Europe. Some €36 million was earnmarked for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships, allowing 131 researchers to carry out research outside the EU or countries associated to Horizon Europe, mostly in the United States, China, Canada and Australia, before returning back to Europe."