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Connie Sjödin, who studied a BA in Modern Languages (French), has been awarded the 2024 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper for her essay ‘Baya in Vogue: From Oriental Textile to Transcultural Tissage’.  

Connie studied French and North African francophone literature as part of her undergraduate degree, and says it was working with Professor Jane Hiddleston that kickstarted her research into 20th century Algeria. Following her BA, Connie went on to complete a Master’s in History of Art, and is now studying for a DPhil, where she researches decolonial theory in the mid-twentieth century, focusing on the 1960s Algerian art movement Aouchem.

The Rhonda A. Saad Prize recognises excellence in the field of modern and contemporary Arab art, and is awarded to a graduate student or recent post-doctoral scholar whose paper is judged to provide the most significant contribution to the disciplines of Art History and Middle East Studies.

Congratulations, Connie!

Connie Sjödin
Connie Sjödin