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Cardiff academic becomes Cambridge CRASSH Fellow

Josh RuckProfessor Rachel Cowgill, Chair of Musicology, will be spending the next six months at the University of Cambridge, where she has been awarded two prestigious visiting research fellowships.

Between April and September 2012, Rachel will be Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and at Clare Hall, a centre for advanced studies that developed from the second oldest Cambridge college.

CRASSH runs an annual programme of Visiting Fellowships aimed at established UK and international scholars. The theme for the 2011-12 Fellowships is ‘Cultures and Politics of the Transregional’. During her Fellowship, Rachel will work on her research project, Empire, Internationalism and Remembrance in British Musical Culture.

Describing the project, Rachel said: “My current research explores themes of transregionalism in relation to the cultural work done by music in Britain in the interwar period, particularly as it was experienced over the airwaves in the context of the early development of the BBC. The project focuses on two main areas: music’s role at the BBC in articulating and mediating conflicting identities and the musical development of Benjamin Britten, a British composer whose outlook and compositional aesthetic were shaped profoundly by the soundscape and politics of interwar Britain.”

The other Easter 2012 Fellows joining Rachel in Cambridge come from institutions across the world, including South Asian University, Jadaypur University, and the University of California.