Postdoctoral Associate and former student of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography Dr Emilie Le Febvre has been awarded the 2017 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic by The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES).
The Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize was established jointly in 1986 by the Leigh Douglas Memorial Fund and BRISMES in memory of Dr Leigh Douglas who was killed in Beirut in 1986. The prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities awarded by a British University. First prize this year is shared with Dr Yasmine Laveille from LSE.
According to BRISMES, Emilie’s thesis Tracing Visual Knowledge: the presence and value of images for Bedouin history and society in the Negev (University of Oxford) is a very well-written and argued work that examines a much-neglected community, the Bedouin in the Negev, and their use of digital images and visualisation to respond to, and represent, their history themselves. It is a solid thesis that merits recognition.