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Amir Taha (ARTES), Nadica Denić (ASCA), Evgeniia Khristoforova and Harriet Reynolds (both ACLC) have received funding for their doctoral research at the UvA through the NWO programme PhDs in the Humanities. Financiers are the Programme Office Sustainable Humanities and the NWO domain Social Sciences and Humanities.

The accepted proposals:

Amir Taha (Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies)
Resisting Saddam: The 1991 Uprising in Iraq and Its Repression
This project aims to provide and account for the origins, causes and outcome of the Iraqi 1991 uprising as a case study for revolutions under dictatorships where political organization is deemed impossible. By conducting archival research and interviews it will be analyzed how various forms of small individual resistance, next to other forms of organization like tribalism and religion, impacted mobilization in 1991. This project offers insights on how revolutionary uprisings can take place but also how political activism can take form in authoritarian countries.

Evgeniia Khristoforova (Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication)
The emergence of complex syntactic structures in Russian Sign Language and Sign Language of the Netherlands
This research investigates the development of complex sentences in Russian Sign Language and Sign Language of the Netherlands. In the first phase of the project, we provide a detailed description of coordination, complementation and relativization in these languages using a variety of methods (corpus study, elicitation tasks, and grammaticality judgments). In the second phase, we integrate several theoretical approaches to explain the development of these construction types. The outcomes of this research will further our understanding of the emergence of complexity in human language, while shedding new light on modality-specific patterns.

Nadica Denić (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
Cinematic Ethics of Migration: Auto-Ethnographic Migrant Perspectives in Contemporary Documentary
While mainstream news media commonly portray migrants as either victims or perpetrators, migrants themselves use a variety of media to express their own experience of migration and life in Europe. By using different formal and narrative tactics to present their perspective and position in the European migration debate, they offer a multifaceted representation of diverse migration experiences. How does auto-ethnographic documentary offer ethical perspectives on migration in Europe today?

Ms N. (Nadica) Denić

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

Harriet Reynolds  (Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication)
The acquisition of TOPIC in autistic and typically developing (TD) Dutch-speaking children and adolescents
All autistic children struggle with social communication and pragmatics (language-in-context). Some have additional deficits in other linguistic and/or cognitive domains. This study investigates the acquisition of TOPIC (what a sentence is about), a crucial element in social communication. The relation between TOPIC acquisition and cognitive development is explored in autistic and typically developing Dutch-speaking children/adolescents, as well as potential male-female differences. The results will lead to recommendations for improved and differential (boys vs. girls) remediation in autism and contribute to theories of TOPIC (acquisition) and cognition.

PhDs in the Humanities

The grants are part of the NWO programme PhDs in the Humanities. The programme’s goal is to boost the influx and advancement of young Humanities talent. A total of 3,5 million euros was awarded in this funding round. The institution that submitted the application provides a matching contribution of at least 20% for each project that is awarded funding.

Source: NWO

See also
Linguistics at the UvA
Media Studies at the UvA
Sign Linguistics at the UvA