FASoS valorisation prize winner

The jury of the FASoS valorisation prize is happy to announce that this year’s winner of the FASoS valorisation prize is… ‘Finding Your Voice’, a project by MO-TRAYL researchers Valentina Mazzucato, Gladys Akom Ankobrey, Sarah Anschütz, Laura Ogden, Onallia Esther Osei, Joan van Geel and Karlijn Haagsman.

This year, the jury has decided to also award a prize to the FASoS valorisation prize runner-up. Congratulations Mosa Historia (a blog set up by Vincent Bijman and Vincent Lagendijk of the FASoS History Department) for receiving this year’s runner-up prize!

The valorisation prizes were awarded during the Research Event on 1 June.

Finding Your Voice is a selection of outputs (booklet/ebook [in three languages], podcasts and audio interviews) resulting from a three-day creative storytelling workshop as part of the ERC-funded project MO-TRAYL, which studies the mobility that young people of migrant background continue to engage in after they or their parents have migrated and how this mobility impacts their lives. The workshop and the outputs are an example of an Arts & Science collaboration. They are a co-production between a Ghanaian author, the researchers, and young people of Ghanaian background.

From the jury report about Finding Your Voice: “It is clear that considerable thought has gone into the development of this workshop and its associated outputs, which successfully paint a powerful and moving picture of the respondents and researchers alike. … The net result are carefully crafted products which not only give the respondents a voice, but also give the reader a unique perspective on their stories which they would not have enjoyed through traditional channels.”

Mosa Historia is a community-driven blog launched by the History Department at FASoS, which provides a structural platform for researchers to share ideas, challenges, findings and anything else related to their projects to a broader audience. Monica Vasile’s blog on Przewalski horses was picked up by the Network in Canadian History & Environment as one of the most-reads of January 2021. The inaugural blog by Vincent Lagendijk on hidden electricity infrastructures was cross-posted with Historici.nl.

From the jury report about Mosa Historia: “It is noteworthy that this blog was instigated by relatively junior staff members. More generally, it constitutes a community-driven, bottom-up initiative that provides a platform for scholars to share their work and ideas. The jury found it especially interesting that this blog opens up and shares details about the research process. As such, it is not simply an add-on to existing research, but really provides new insights that would not have been available otherwise.”

This year, the valorisation prize jury consisted of Costas Papadopoulos, Floris Peters, Ties van de Werff and Sally Wyatt. You can read the full jury report here.

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