Dr Kirsty Hooper has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust, for her research into Spanish and Galician Studies.
Dr Hooper, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Galician Studies in the department of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies, received one of thirty awards made nationally in 2011. These awards, according to the Leverhulme Trust, are ‘awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come.’
Dr Hooper’s award was one of just five made this year in the field of Modern European Languages and Literature. The published citation explains the reasons for the award:
Kirsty Hooper works at the interface between three key fields in Hispanic Studies: women’s and gender studies, Galician studies, and studies of the construction of Spanish national identity. She is engaged in the transnational study of minorities, most significantly with a focus on the culture and literature of Galicia in north-west Spain. Her two monographs, one on Sofia Casanova, a Galician expatriate who lived in Poland and Russia, and the other on cultural relations and the Anglophone world, have made serious contributions to this emerging research area. Her current projects – a volume on Galicia in the British popular imagination and a counterpart volume on the British imagination of Spain’s plural cultures – mark a broadening of interest, and maintain her commitment to transnational studies. She is energetic and productive, notable for breadth, rigour and theoretical sophistication. She has a prodigious output for one so young, with an extraordinary capacity for initiative, and is already a well-known international figure, central to the networking research relations between Spain, the UK and the US.
Dr Hooper will use the award to fund the writing-up of her third book, The Edwardians and the Making of a Modern Spanish Obsession and to carry out research for three other projects that explore the networks of people, books and ideas emerging out of contact between Spain and other cultures since 1800: the book Galicia in the British Imagination, the community history project Hispanic Liverpool, and the collaborative digital project Mapping Iberia through Travellers’ Eyes.