SOAS University of London

SOAS academic awarded Mid-Career Fellowship from the British Academy

9 September 2016

The British Academy has awarded Dr Lori Allen, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, a Mid-Career Fellowship for her research proposal: A Genealogy of Political Proof: Making Facts Through Investigative Commissions In Palestine, 1919 - 2009

The Inquiry Commissions conducted over the past hundred years reveal a great deal about internal developments, systems of government, and the political status of Palestine as it's legitimacy to self-rule has been debated and evaluated.

Based on ethnographic interviews and archival research, the project analyzes six commissions convened in Palestine over the past century. In historicizing the ways in which Palestinians have engaged developmentalism, humanitarian sensibilities, the UN and human rights law as contested fields of power through commissions.


The British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships are designed to promote the education of humanities and social sciences to a wider audience by supporting excellent research proposals, which include a programme that reaches a wide audience, beyond academic press and journals.