BFE member Frances Wilkins awarded British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Frances Wilkins, senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for her project, Seinn Coisrigte anns a' GhĂ idhealtachd an Iar agus 'sna h-Eileanan Siar - Sacred Singing in the West Highlands and Western Isles.

The fellowship is for 24 months from January 2022-December 2023 and will enable the completion of a ground-breaking ethnographic study and the curating of a public-facing exhibition and website exploring sacred song traditions across Northern Scotland.

Scotland is home to an incredible wealth and variety of sacred song traditions with unique and multi-dimensional histories. In North-West Scotland, Gaelic psalmody is recognised as a highly stylised and unique vocal tradition, and is just one of numerous other practices making a profound contribution to the religious and cultural life of those living in the region. Frances Wilkins has been researching the subject since 2019 with the help of a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, and receiving this fellowship from the British Academy will enable her to focus on the completion and publication of the research, alongside significant public engagement activities related to the project. We wish Frances all the very best for this exciting new phase of her research!