Oxford Brookes academic awarded British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Dr Maya Nedyalkova at Oxford Brookes

Dr Maya Nedyalkova has been awarded funding from the British Academy, the institution which champions the humanities and social sciences.

Dr Nedyalkova, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Oxford Brookes, was awarded the competitive British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project entitled Turning (your) back to audiences? Glimpses into shifting cinema-going and film consumption patterns in Bulgaria.

This is the first time that an academic from Oxford Brookes University has been awarded the prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship by the British Academy. 

I hope that my project will help shed light on what drives the recent growth of Eastern European film markets, explore the motives behind informal film distribution and facilitate dialogue between film professionals and audiences.

Dr Maya Nedyalkova

The scheme enables early-career academics in the humanities and social sciences to conduct a significant piece of research leading to publication over a period of three years. 

This year the British Academy has awarded a record 85 Postdoctoral Fellowships to outstanding early-career scholars, an unprecedented two-thirds (64%) of whom are women. 

More awards have been made thanks to a £10m boost in funding from the government’s Global Talent Fund for an extra 40 fellowships, enabling the British Academy to make the most awards in the scheme’s 30-year history.

Dr Nedyalkova commented: “I am both pleased and honoured. Thanks to the generous support of the British Academy I will be able to carry out research in an underexplored but significant area − contemporary Bulgarian film audiences.

“I hope that my project will help shed light on what drives the recent growth of Eastern European film markets, explore the motives behind informal film distribution and facilitate dialogue between film professionals and audiences.

“Having the encouragement and support of my mentor at Brookes, Dr Daniela Treveri-Gennari, throughout the whole funding application process and in the early stages of this research has been truly invaluable.”

Chief Executive of the British Academy, Alun Evans, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the largest ever cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows.

“It is particularly exciting to recognise the achievements of so many women at early-career level. This is a promising trend - both for our disciplines and academia as a whole – as Postdoctoral Fellows often go on to stellar academic careers.”

Further information on Film and Digital Media Production at Oxford Brookes can be found on the University’s website.