Researchers from across the Heritage and Creativity theme at the University of Reading have started the new academic term strongly with several funding awards and the publication of new books.

Professor Roberta Gilchrist, Research Dean for Heritage & Creativity, said: “My congratulations to all our colleagues with good news to share.

“While the new university year has just begun, the summer is actually one of the busiest periods for research. Our researchers mark the new academic year with major new publications, grants, honours, and research events.”

Reading researchers with good news to share across the arts and humanities include the following:

Rob Hosfield (Archaeology) has been awarded funding by Historic England for a project on Curating the Lower & Middle Palaeolithic, together with Rob Batchelor and Chris Green of Quest (SAGES).

Pil and Galia Kollectiv (Art) have been awarded funding by the EU for their project EuroNoize, leading a consortium which includes Kunsthall Oslo and ARE Prague.  At the core of the project is a live event in London modelled on the Eurovision Song Contest, in which DiY bands from across the continent represent their country in an open voting competition. The project also encompasses a conference, a book and record a London DiY music workshop and an exhibition.

Rohan Deb Roy (History) has published his monograph, Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909 (Cambridge University Press).  Download Open Access version >

Dina Rezk (History) has published her monograph, The Arab World and Western Intelligence: Analysing the Middle East, 1956-1981 (Edinburgh University Press).

Ian Rutherford (Classics) has published a co-edited book, Animal Sacrifice in the Greek World (Cambridge University Press).

Karla Pollmann (Classics/Humanities) has been invited to become a Member of the Academia Europaea, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research. Go to Academia Europaea profile >

Typography hosted a study day on 20 Sept for the UK Posters Network (one of the Subject Specialist Networks supported by Arts Council England). The day, organised by Margaret Timmers (V&A), attracted participants from major museums and libraries, academics and individuals with interest in poster design and printing techniques. Talks on Reading research included The distribution of posters: exploring sources (Michael Twyman), Stencilled posters in Paris in the 19th century (Eric Kindel), David King and the constructivist poster (Rick Poynor), and Vauxhall Gardens posters (Rob Banham). These were followed by practical demonstrations of some of the printmaking techniques associated with posters.  Participants viewed Typography’s outstanding collections of nineteenth and twentieth century posters including the work of leading designers such as Otl Aicher and David King, the output of organisations such as National Savings and the National Theatre, and examples of nineteenth-century letterpress printing. These posters have recently been digitised, thanks to funding from Heritage and Creativity.