Historian awarded major ERC grant

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Dr John-Paul Ghobrial, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of History, has received a €2 million ERC grant for his research.

The grant will go towards his project, called 'Moving Stories: Sectarianisms in the Global Middle East'. It combines the study of mobile sectarianisms with the use of neglected family archives and papers of Middle Eastern migrants in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This is Dr Ghobrial's second ERC grant - he previously held an ERC Starting Grant from 2015 to 2020.

He said: "I am very grateful to the ERC for this opportunity to bring together a community of scholars in Oxford with shared interests in storytelling, sectarianism and mobility in the twentieth-century Middle East. These European awards make it possible to study the past in exciting ways, and Oxford is a fantastic place for this sort of collaborative research that connects postholders, students, and early career researchers."

You can read more about Dr Ghobrial's recent research here and learn about Oxford's successes in the ERC awards here.