Undergratuate Research Internship (URIP) awarded to third-year honours student Olympia Severis
April 3, 2013 2 Comments
The School of History is delighted to congratulate our second undergraduate student to be awarded a Undergratuate Research Internship (URIP) for summer 2013. Olympia Severis, a third year student on the History degree programme, will undertake a ten-week research project on ‘A Reinterpretation of Jacques Soustelle‘. This project will be supervised by Dr Stephen Tyre.
“Last semester I took a module on twentieth-century France and was especially interested in the decolonization of Algeria. Upon reading Dr Tyre’s work on Jacques Soustelle, the Governor-General of Algeria in the mid-1950s, I was surprised to hear that there was very little research on Soustelle and his work during the decolonization crisis. I think that Soustelle is a fascinating example of an intellectual in politics engaging in liberal imperialism and look forward to researching this topic for ten weeks over the summer. My project seeks to explore Soustelle’s policy of integration and its social, legal, and political implications. This policy was extremely ahead of its time as it aimed to incorporate Algerian-Muslim identity into a French identity allowing for equality and tolerance. I also wish to explore the public’s reaction to this policy through an analysis of the media’s reaction. Spending time in the French National Archives will be a great opportunity to work with primary sources in French, which I’ve never been able to do before. I hope that this analysis will aid my understanding of the broader process of decolonization especially as this relates to my upbringing in Cyprus, a country which also went through a war of independence.”
Olympia joins fellow third-year honours student Hazel Blair and sub-honours student Alasdair Grant in continuing the successes of undergraduates in the School of History in gaining the coveted and highly-competitive University Research Internships.