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Monday, 29 February 2016

RDF Studentships in American Studies and History, Northumbria University, 2016

The following are the RDF Studentships for 2016 for American Studies and History at Northumbria University.  For more information on the application process see this page at FindAPhD.


Project Title: American Studies
Code: RDF/16/HUM/Ward

Project Description
The American Studies programme at Northumbria wishes to support innovative multi- and interdisciplinary PhD dissertations relating to any aspect of US history, literature, politics and culture from the Early Republic to the Present Day.

With an internationally acclaimed team of scholars from a variety of disciplines working together under the umbrella of the newly established Institute for the Humanities and the associated Multidisciplinary Centre for Research in the Humanities, we are especially interested in applications for first-rate projects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

In particular, applications are encouraged from students with interests in:

the history, literature, and cultures of the US South and West, particularly projects that engage with the medical humanities;
America and the Atlantic World;
modernism in the US;
US musical culture;
the African American Experience;
mobility in US history, literature and culture;
periodical culture in the US.

Northumbria has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities. Our students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the space and resources provided by the new Institute of the Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition, each student is provided with a research allowance for conference attendance and travel as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

Major investment in resources to support research activities in the field means that Northumbria can boast a diverse range of important archival material and extensive subscriptions to relevant scholarly journals. Primary source materials include the Civil War America database; American Civil War: Letters and Diaries; US Consular Papers relating to Ireland and Slavery; America’s Historical Newspapers (1799-1971); 19th Century US Newspapers; US Congressional Documents Online; the Michael O’Brien Collection; the Civil Rights Papers of the Johnson Administration; the Black Panther Party Papers; Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories Collections on the Civil Rights Movement; The Nixon Years collection; Confidential Print-North America collection; The US Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960-1974; and Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975.    

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Department
Humanities
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/research/american-studies-research/

Principal Supervisor
Professor Brian Ward

Recent publications by supervisors relevant to this project
  Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000).

Eligibility and How to Apply

academic excellence i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters with distinction.’
Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2016
Interview date (if known): w/c 2 May 2016
Start Date: 3 October 2016

For more information on the application process, see this page at FindAPhD.



Project Title: The Global Irish: Diaspora, Military Values and Political Thought 
Code: RDF16/HUM/McConnel

Project Description
Following History’s recent major success in REF2014 (placed 18th out of 79 nationally in quality of research outputs), we are seeking proposals on the broad theme of ‘The Global Irish: Diaspora, Military Values and Political Thought’. All proposals will be considered but we would particularly like to encourage applications in the following areas:

1) The Irish Diaspora and Identity
Declan Kiberd, in his book Inventing Ireland argues that the definition of ‘Ireland’ was shaped in some ways by its diaspora. This project proposes to examine how Irish identities were internalised, transmitted and contested by the diaspora during the ‘long’ nineteenth century (1800-1922). Focusing on those who visited and/or returned to Ireland in this period, it seeks to understand the diasporic contribution to the creation of distinct Irish identity through the age of the Union.

2) The Irish Military Tradition
This project will look at the invention of the Irish martial tradition. Within this broad theme, candidates may wish to consider one of more of the following: understandings of the Jacobite legacy in nineteenth century Ireland; the role of nineteenth-century nationalist history writing; the significance of the American civil war; the Irish and martial race discourses within the British Empire; Ireland and Scotland; the location of Irish Protestants; Rudyard Kipling and the Irish soldier.

3) Global Ideas and Political Thought in Modern Ireland
Political thought and intellectual history more broadly are undeveloped methodological approaches within the historiography of modern Ireland. While Ireland is historically seen as ‘a place apart’, global political ideas – for instance, democracy, popular sovereignty and political obligation – were as hotly contested on the island as anywhere else in the world in the modern age. The currents of these debates have been, however, obscured by the continuing historiography focus on ‘action’ above ideas. We welcome proposals that engage with the history of Irish political thought and/or intellectual history after 1790 to address this major gap in scholarly understanding.

The successful applicant(s) will be affiliated to the British and Irish Worlds research group. The group regularly brings together like-minded historians within and beyond the department to discuss work-in-progress, organise conferences and symposia and collaborate on major research grants. Students will also be able to take advantage of Northumbria’s newly established Institute for the Humanities and its associated Multidisciplinary Research Centre. Indeed, while it is expected that the successful project(s) will be rooted in historical methods, we actively encourage proposals that embrace multidisciplinary approaches.

Northumbria has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities. Our students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the space and resources provided by the new Institute of the Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition, each student is provided with a research allowance for conference attendance and travel as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

Major recent investment in resources to support research activities in the area of British, Irish and imperial studies include: 19th Century British Library Newspapers; Irish Newspaper Archive; the Online Churchill Archive; Nineteenth Century Collections Online; Times Digital Archive; the Guardian Digital Archive; JSTOR collections; US online newspapers.

Faculty
Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Department
Humanities
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/research/history-research/history/british-and-irish-worlds/

Principal Supervisor
Dr James McConnel

Funding Notes
The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000).

Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:

academic excellence i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters with distinction.’
Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2016
Interview date (if known): w/c 2 May 2016
Start Date: 3 October 2016

For more information on the application process, see this page at FindAPhD.



Project Title: War, Peace and Society: Perspectives on Activism in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Code: RDF16/HUM/Laqua

Project Description

How did societies cope with military conflict and its aftermath? How did they deal with internal tensions and the ways in which the latter may have translated into violent conflict? We are seeking PhD projects that will address these kinds of questions by examining conflict in modern society and the ways in which activists have engaged with it. The project may explore these issues by dealing with individuals who were actively involved in promoting a more peaceful future by non-violent means or, conversely, by investigating groups that sought to legitimise the use of violent action. Projects may also be concerned with investigating the ways in which activist engagement with issues of war and peace has been commemorated in popular and political cultures. While projects may involve any geographical area and we encourage proposals with a transnational dimension, the expectation is that focus will be on Europe (including Britain) and/or the US. Similarly, while we expect the project to be anchored in history, we are also interested in proposals that might take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of War, Peace and Society and therefore align with the mission of Northumbria’s newly established Institute for the Humanities and its associated Multidisciplinary Research Centre.

The PhD candidate will be affiliated to Northumbria University’s ‘Histories of Activism’ research group. Since its foundation in early 2011, the group has organised a range of academic events as well as preparing joint publications (notably themed issues of the Journal of European History and the European Review of History in 2014). It has also launched a project that draws attention to radical activism in the North East: ‘Mapping Tyneside Radicalism’ (http://radicaltyneside.org/). Our postgraduate members have played an active role in the research group, for instance by organising workshops on ‘social history and community’ (2012), ‘history beyond borders’ (2013), the ‘chances and challenges of digital history’ (2014) and a forthcoming event on ‘tracing lives across borders’ (2016).

The research group has expertise in examining a wide range of networks and movements that articulated an alternative vision of the world in which they lived – from black radicalism and feminism to pacifism and co-operation. Several of the group’s members share thematic concerns: for example, examining the relationship between politics and protest or investigating the interplay between activism and international politics.

Major recent investment in resources to support research in this area include the following: The Guardian/Observer Digital Archives; digital collections on ‘The Sixties: Primary Document and Personal Narratives’ and on ‘Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950 -1975); material on the First World War (digital resource ‘The First World War: Personal Narratives’ and microfilm collection ‘The First World War: A Documentary Record’); microfilm records of Anti-Slavery International and the Anti-Slavery Reporter (nineteenth and twentieth centuries); microfilm records of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF); microfilm records of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), 1958–1970.

Northumbria has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities. Our students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the space and resources provided by the new Institute of the Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition, each student is provided with a research allowance for conference attendance and travel as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

Faculty
Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Department
Humanities

Principal Supervisor
Dr. Daniel Laqua

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/research/history-research/history/histories-of-activism/

Funding Notes
The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000).

Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:

academic excellence i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters with distinction.’
Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2016
Interview date (if known): w/c 2 May 2016
Start Date: 3 October 2016

For more information on the application process, see this page at FindAPhD.



Project Title: US History, Politics and Culture in Local, Regional, National and Transnational Contexts  
Code: RDF/16/HUM/Stephens

Project Description

We are seeking applications from first-rate PhD candidates with innovative projects relating to any aspect of US history from the Early Republic to the 21st Century.

In particular, applications are encouraged from students with interests in:

comparative and transnational perspectives on US history (especially Anglo-US and Irish-US links);
the US South and West;
the Civil War Era;
the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras;
US history and politics between the World Wars;
US religious history;
US foreign policy and presidential politics;
the African American Freedom Struggle since 1945;
media and popular culture.

The successful applicant(s) will be affiliated with a large and vibrant US History research group comprised of staff and postgraduate students.  Northumbria currently has seven American historians, three of whom have been appointed distinguished lecturers by the Organization of American Historians, making it one of the most important centres for the study of US history in Europe. Students will also be able to take advantage of Northumbria’s newly established Institute for the Humanities and its associated Multidisciplinary Research Centre. Indeed, while it is expected that the successful project(s) will be rooted in historical methods, we actively encourage proposals that embrace multidisciplinary approaches.

Northumbria has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities. Our students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the space and resources provided by the new Institute of the Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition, each student is provided with a research allowance for conference attendance and travel as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

Major investment in resources to support research activities in the field means that Northumbria can boast a diverse range of important archival material and extensive subscriptions to relevant scholarly journals. Primary source materials include the Civil War America database; American Civil War: Letters and Diaries; US Consular Papers relating to Ireland and Slavery; America’s Historical Newspapers (1799-1971); 19th Century US Newspapers; US Congressional Documents Online; the Michael O’Brien Collection; the Civil Rights Papers of the Johnson Administration; the Black Panther Party Papers; Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories Collections on the Civil Rights Movement; The Nixon Years collection; Confidential Print-North America collection; The US Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960-1974; and Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975.    

Faculty
Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Department
Humanities
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/research/history-research/history/us-history/

See also: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/humanities/research/american-studies-research/

Principal Supervisor
Dr. Randall Stephens

Funding Notes
The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000).

Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:

academic excellence i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters with distinction.’
Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2016
Interview date (if known): w/c 2 May 2016
Start Date: 3 October 2016

For more information on the application process, see this page at FindAPhD.

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