Corisande Fenwick receives British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

17 May 2016

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Corisande Fenwick has been awarded a 2016 British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) for an engagement event entitled 'Rethinking the (Early) Islamic State'.

These British Academy awards enable distinguished early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to enhance their own skills and career development by playing a leading part in organizing events, training and mentoring activities for early career researchers.

The initiative ‘Rethinking the Early Islamic State’ addresses the new and significant challenges facing those who study the archaeology and history of the Islamic world in the wake of the advance of the Islamic State group since 2011.

It will bring together early-career and established academics to discuss three pressing problems: first, how to challenge static and simplistic concepts of Islamic statehood, Muslim power and sovereignty; second, how to bridge existing disciplinary and regional divides in Islamic scholarship, particularly those between archaeologists and historians; and third, how to provide the next generation of UK scholars with the tools to demonstrate the relevance and implications of their research beyond the academy.

A two-day conference ‘The Origins of the Islamic State: Sovereignty and Power in the Middle Ages’ will be held in Spring 2017, together with a dedicated workshop for early-career researchers ‘Researching the Islamic State: New Challenges and New Opportunities’.

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