Congratulations to Cultural Mediations PhD Candidate Adiba Faizi, who was recently awarded the Irene Ethel Cockburn Bursary. Adiba’s research project titled “The Other Other: Politics of Representation of Self-flagellation as part of the Diasporic Shia Muslim Identity in post-9/11 Western Nation States” aims to trouble the ways we think of religious freedom and multiculturalism in relation to self-flagellation and islamophobia under liberal governance. Taking the instance of self-flagellation in Shiism, Adiba’s research questions what it means to be a multicultural and a neoliberal subject within the borders of a Western Nation State. This bursary was established in 1991 and is derived from a legacy of the late Irene Ethel Cockburn.