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Manchester Urban Institute

Saskia Warren awarded AHRC Leadership Fellowship!

2 August 2017

AHRC Leadership Fellow, 1 October 2017 to 20 September 2019: 'Geographies of Muslim Women and the UK Cultural and Creative Economy'

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The AHRC’s Leadership Fellows scheme provides time for research leaders, or early career researchers with outstanding future leadership potential, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond. In addition to demonstrating support for high quality, world leading research and associated outputs, proposals must include collaborative activities to support the development of the Fellow’s capacity for research leadership in the arts and humanities.

Saskia Warren has become the first staff member in the School of Environment, Education and Development to secure this prestigious fellowship.

The Fellowship will be used to develop a project on the roles and impact of Muslim women in distinct spaces of the UK cultural and creative economy. The scope of the project will be focused on assessing the substantive roles of Muslim women in three key sub-sectors: digital media; fashion; and art galleries. Overall, it will provide an assessment of faith and gender as social markers that impact upon socio-spatial pathways into and performance of creative labour in these sub- sectors, which have received relatively little attention by arts and humanities scholars and social scientists. In doing so, it will develop innovative research on Muslim creative labour, drawing on and developing recent work in geographies of creative labour, diversity and religion.

The empirical research and impact are concentrated on metropolitan areas of Greater Manchester and Leeds-Bradford with large ethnic minority communities, including British Muslim communities, and cultural and creative economy clusters. In focusing on advancing understanding on how to foster creative opportunities and employment outside of London and the South East, the project seeks to address social and spatial inequalities in the sector that are deeply geographically uneven. It will workshops in schools and youth groups, and curating a high profile exhibition and large scale event at The Whitworth (Artfund Museum of the Year 2015). Dr Warren will act as figurehead on a cross-sectoral network to foster knowledge exchange and support widening access.

If you are interested in the research and potentially contributing to the cross-sectoral network please email: Saskia.Warren@Manchester.ac.uk

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