Recognition of Distinction 2022 for Laurent Mignon and Ramon Sarró

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Recognition of Distinction 2022 for Laurent Mignon and Ramon Sarró

22 August 2022

We are delighted to announce that two of St Antony's Governing Body Fellows have been included in the University of Oxford's 2022 Recognition of Distinction Awards, which confers the title of full Professor and recognises distinguished contributions and excellent records in research and teaching, as well as service to the wider University.

Laurent MignonLaurent Mignon has been given the title of Professor of Turkish literature at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He is also a Fellow of St Antony’s College and Affiliate Professor at the Luxembourg School of Religion & Society. His research focuses on the minor literatures of Ottoman and Republican Turkey, in particular Jewish literatures, as well as the literary engagement with non-Abrahamic religions during the era straddling the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic

From 2002 to 2011 he taught at the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen from January to July 2016.  In March and April 2019, he was invited as Visiting Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He is an Associate Member of the Centre de Recherche Europes-Eurasie at INALCO, Paris. 

Ramon Sarro HeadshotRamon Sarró has been given the title of Professor of Social Anthropology. He is Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography and Fellow of St Antony's. Ramon Sarró studied anthropology at UCL (MSc 1989, PhD 1999) and worked at UCL and the LSE before being the Ioma Evans-Prichard Junior Research Fellow at St Anne’s College in 2000-2002. Between 2002 and 2012, Sarró was Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, as well as a lecturer of Anthropology at the Humanities Department of University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. He was a Fellow of the Program for Agrarian Studies at Yale in 2010-11, before joining Oxford in 2012. Since 2009 he has also been a member of the French network REASOPO (Réseau européen d’analyse de sociétés politiques).

Sarró has conducted field research in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal (among African diasporas), Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast: Iconoclasm Done and Undone (International African Institute 2009) and co-editor, with A. Pedroso de Lima, of Terrenos Metropolitanos: Desafios Metodológicos (ICS 2007), with D. Berliner of Learning Religion: Anthropological Approaches (Berghahn 2007), and with R. Blanes and M. Balkenhol of Atlantic Perspectives: Places, Memories and Spirits (Berghahn, 2020).