Congratulations to IRC Associates Dr Mairi McFadyen and Dr Liam Campbell, who have been honoured for their doctoral research. The Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Prize, established in memory of the German-born writer and folklorist who settled in Scotland in 1930s and died in 1989, is awarded for an important contribution by an individual to the study of folklore and folklife.
Mairi has been awarded the prize for her doctoral thesis on "Presencing’ imagined worlds - understanding the Maysie : a contemporary ethnomusicological enquiry into the embodied ballad singing experience" (University of Edinburgh). Liam's thesis, on "The Foyle River Catchment Landscape: Connecting People, Place and Nature. Dwelling Beyond Dualistic Tensions" (University of Ulster), received a special commendation.