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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: RES-451-25-4289
    Funder Contribution: 11,730 GBP

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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: 2433677

    My project investigates the expressly violent culture of the Italian Renaissance through the analysis of a phenomenon that remains to be fully studied: the beffa. This was a cruel joke, unique to early modern Italy, that intended to mock and humiliate the victim. The violence of this humour has been little explored despite the beffa often resulting in the victim bruised and bloodied or so ashamed that they left their hometown. This interest evolved from my postgraduate thesis which focused on what the beffa could reveal about elite male sociability, masculine values and the sinister nature of the Italian courts. The final chapter explored where the humour became 'too cruel' and touched on its emotional and physical violence. The male courtiers were amused by the anguish this humour created which suggested that violence and enjoyment were intertwined in this culture. This poses new thought-provoking questions for the existing historiography on interpersonal violence which, due to the specific focus, my MA thesis could not consider. The project provides the opportunity to examine this interrogation more substantively. It goes beyond the focus of elite males to include additional variables such as women, other social classes and age groups. The research will be organised into thematic chapters: gender, class, and age, acting both as analytical categories and representative of the different interpersonal relationships impacted by this humour. It shall consult varied sources such as legal documents, art, literature, and archival material, and focus on Venice and Florence drawing comparisons where necessary from other Italian cities and from Renaissance France.

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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: G0701062
    Funder Contribution: 311,798 GBP

    About 11M cases of cancer are diagnosed each year and there is a pressing need for new anticancer drugs. The world’s leading anticancer drugs are platinum-based compounds such as cisplatin. These types of platinum compounds are not targeted to cancer cells and also kill healthy cells. This can result in severe side-effects and the development of resistance, so that some patients stop responding to treatment. Methods for increasing the selective activation of platinum drugs at the site of the tumour are envisaged which address these problems. We have developed new platinum-based drugs which are non-toxic in the dark, but become highly toxic when activated by light. By shining light only on the area of cancerous tissue, we can target the activation of the drug to just the selected area. It is vital that we carry out more studies into how these drugs kill cancer cells, which will involve laboratory work and experiments to investigate if they can shrink/treat cancers. We hope that the wavelengths of light for activating these compounds make them suitable for treating surface cancers and that slight changes to the drugs will allow treatment of a wider range of cancers.

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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: EP/P505968/1
    Funder Contribution: 45,000 GBP

    Doctoral Training Partnerships: a range of postgraduate training is funded by the Research Councils. For information on current funding routes, see the common terminology at https://www.ukri.org/apply-for-funding/how-we-fund-studentships/. Training grants may be to one organisation or to a consortia of research organisations. This portal will show the lead organisation only.

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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: AH/J006769/1
    Funder Contribution: 31,420 GBP

    Participatory research methods, cultural community development, and dialogic processes can foster community empowerment, authority, and genuine investment of people in governance and political process. The promotion and improvement of such methods can help us to move beyond the problem of democratic deficit and engender a positive response to the feelings of 'loss of authority' that characterises much of contemporary Britain. Considerable progress has been made towards this end, but that progress stalls when it comes to developing a robust theoretical interrogation and account of these methods, and their relationship to community empowerment. Political theorists and philosophers have been too far removed from engagement in participatory practice, whilst empirical researchers and community practitioners have lacked the confidence, time and expertise to push forward the theory behind their work. The insights of arts and humanities perspectives on performance, experience and experimentation have been insufficiently incorporated into research on authority, power and participatory process. Academic researchers and thinktanks alike are calling for a more sophisticated theorisation of the processes by which participation generates the bottom-up authorisation of community voices. By developing an account of the value of participatory methods, developed by researchers at the cutting edge of both theory and practice, this project aims to enhance the impact of participatory research methods as a central driver behind effective forms of local democracy and community empowerment. Our collaborative and capacity building activities bring together researchers and expertise from four existing Connected Communities projects, which addressed different aspects of understanding community authority, performance and knowledge in participatory practice, as well as additional performance studies scholars. Representatives of two mental health community development and empowerment through performance groups will be key consultants on the project, involved in setting the agenda and contributing experiential expertise from an early stage. The collaborators share in a commitment to enhancing the capacity of academic knowledge to understand and to promote community empowerment, participation and vitality. Working together will add considerable value to our existing projects, enabling strong and elaborated conclusions to be drawn about the ways in which participatory practices, and experimental stagings of knowledge production, can succeed in creating stronger, more dynamic and positively interconnected communities. Outputs will include a practical tool kit to assist participatory and performative researchers in fostering the authority and impact of their research; in addition to a special edition of the open access peer-reviewed journal, Participatory Learning and Action (distribution 20,000 in 121 countries), a research paper on participatory methodology for Qualitative Methods, and an AHRC Connected Communities discussion paper, which will make a major contribution to academic theories and methodologies of participatory research on (and working towards) community empowerment.

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