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Arts & Humanities staff recognised in 2012 King's Awards

Posted on 04/12/2012
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Three staff from the School of Arts & Humanities have this week earned College-wide recognition for excellence in their teaching and research at the 2012 King’s Awards

Professor Catherine Boyle received the Innovation & Impact Award, Dr Benedict Schofield took the International Collaboration Award, and Professor Ben Quash was singled out for Excellence & Innovation in the Arts.

Professor Boyle, Head of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and leader of the  School’s Impact agenda in her role as Head of Research was awarded a King’s Award for her project Out of the Wings. The project which received a  major four-year AHRC grant in 2008, aims to make the riches of Spanish-language theatre accessible to English-speaking researchers and theatre professionals. Out of the Wings has had a wide-spead impact by offering a radical rethinking of the relationship between research and the practice of theatrical performance in translation

Dr Schofield’s International Collaboration Award acknowledges his work in establishing two pioneering collaborative research programmes in the Department of German: a tri-national Joint-PhD with the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Stuttgart, and a bi-national Joint-PhD with the Humboldt University Berlin. These new avenues for international collaboration , along with his own international and interdisciplinary research into German theatre in transnational contexts, have helped transform the Department into one of the most active centres of postgraduate research in German in the UK.

Professor Quash, from the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, was presented with the Excellence & Innovation in the Arts Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the arts with wider benefits to society, and the development of new initiatives. In 2009, he launched a pioneering MA course in Christianity & the Arts, taught in association with several London institutions including the Courtauld Gallery and the V&A, which utilises the artistic resources of London’s galleries, churches, theatres, cinemas and streets as its raw materials. Professor Quash has communicated his research to a mass audience through regular radio interviews and his work as a  consultant to the BBC’s Religion & Ethics Department. He has also influenced  how cultural institutions present their collections, influencing in particular the National Gallery’s 2011 summer exhibition Devotion by Design.

Established in 2007, the King’s Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff, students and alumni throughout the College. Previous winners include Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger MBE, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Professor Dame Janet Nelson, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 in recognition of her 37 year career at King’s.

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