The annual prizes are awarded by the Leverhulme Trust "to recognise researchers at an early stage of their career, whose work has already had a significant international impact, and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. Prize winners receive an award of £100,000 over two or three years, which may be used for any research purpose."
Professor Srinivasan will use the prize to support the writing of her monograph, The Contingent World: Genealogy, Epistemology, Politics. The book is about 'critical genealogies': accounts of the origins of our beliefs, concepts and practices put forward with the purpose of unsettling them. It will examine critical genealogies in their historical, epistemological and political dimensions, and range from ancient Greek thought to contemporary debates about 'identity politics'.
I am over the moon to be awarded the Leverhulme Prize, and enormously grateful to the Leverhulme Trust and the prize committee.
For any academic, there is no greater gift than time to read, write and think.”