Life Member awarded VENI grant by Dutch Research Council

Dr Leila Essa, a Life Member of Clare Hall, has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at Utrecht University from August 2022 and additionally been awarded a VENI grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This grant will allow her to spend the first years on this permanent position developing her new research project, which rethinks authorial intention through a focus on authors from marginalised communities – and on their strategies for discursive interventions.

Dr Essa also recently received the Women in German Studies (WiGS) Book Prize for her project Divided Nations, Shared Narratives, which is based on her doctoral thesis. This first monograph will explore the allegorical potential of shared spatial motifs in contemporary novels on the colonial partition context of India and the Cold War border shifts in Germany.

On her recent achievements, Dr Essa comments:
'This is all a really wonderful affirmation of my work so far, and I’m very excited for this next phase here in Utrecht. I really appreciate Clare Hall keeping track of its Life Members’ movements and celebrating them – particularly because the friendships I made in my year at Clare Hall have been, and continue to be, incredibly important along the way!'

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