Mellon Programme at SSEES (2012-2018)
New Horizons in Russia and Eastern Europe: a New Vision through Language-based Area Studies
The UCL Mellon Programme is a collaboration between UCL and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation of New York. The aims of the programme are:
- To develop and disseminate interdisciplinary modes of research across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and beyond
- To provide a first-rate career start for recently qualified post-doctoral researchers.
This six-year 'New Horizons' programme, based at SSEES, is intended to promote understanding of fast-changing developments in the post-Soviet space, but also to work towards a fundamental re-conceptualisation of Language-Based Area Studies in order to facilitate new modes of interdisciplinary and transnational research.
How it works
Each year, one new post-doctoral research fellow is appointed to the UCL Mellon programme for a two-year term, wwithin one of the following themes:
- Area Studies Old and New (2012-2014)
- Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange (2013–2015)
- Reconfiguring Spatial and Temporal Configurations (2014–2016)
- Internationalisation and the concept of the national (2015–2017
- Political Changes and Challenges (2016–2018)
The Mellon Fellows
- Dr Lora Koycheva Area Studies Old and New (September 2012 - August 2014)
- Joanna Szostek Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange (September 2013 - August 2015)
Background and contacts
The UCL Mellon Programme was the brainchild of Professor Michael Worton – former UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International) - and has been running since 2001. The New Horizons in Russia and Eastern Europe programme is directed by Professor Wendy Bracewell, with an advisory board of former fellows, including Dr Richard Mole, Dr Federica Mazzara and Dr Claire Thompson. Feel free to contact any of these for academic information. The day-to-day administration of the UCL Mellon Programme is overseen by Lee Standen.