Imagining and Representing Species Extinction
WRoCAH White Rose Networks each comprise three PhD studentships. Students will work on one aspect of an over-arching research theme, and will benefit from being part of an integrated community working upon a larger initiative. Each WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentship has two supervisors – one at the student’s home institution and a co-supervisor at one of the other White Rose institutions.
Successful students will be expected to participate fully in the Network’s activities, working with other PhD researchers exploring the common theme from three different perspectives. Students will also be part of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities and have access to the additional funding opportunities membership offers. For more details of these please see http://wrocah.ac.uk/funding/current-students/.
Application Closing Date: 5pm BST on Wednesday 17 May 2017
Studentship 1: University of Leeds
Last Whales: Extinction and the Contemporary Cetacean Imaginary. Whales and other cetaceans have been among the most consistently mythologised of living creatures, while some species currently count among the most endangered on Earth. This PhD studentship will chart contemporary representations of a ‘cetacean imaginary’, combining literary (possibly also film and television) studies with research in marine conservation biology.
Studentship 2: University of Sheffield
Theories of loss in cultural representations of extinction. This studentship will explore contemporary literary and other cultural portrayals of species extinction (including the extinction of the human animal). It will interpret them in the context of critical-theoretical approaches to loss—for example beliefs about death and the afterlife; life, vitalism and biopolitics; or memory, mourning and melancholia—to better understand how we value human and nonhuman existence in contemporary cultures.
Studentship 3: University of York
A World Without Bees? the role of our social and cultural imagination in responding to bee extinction. This studentship will look at the role of innovative design techniques and methods, as well as visualisation and increasing stakeholder engagement in the prevention of pollinator extinction. This may involve shaping and identifying collective and conflicting narratives by which individuals, communities and corporations project, plan for, or attempt to avoid, a world without bees. We encourage applications from a wide range of disciplines including interaction design and speculative design, social and environmental accounting, and related fields.
For more information on any of these studentships, please contact: Dr Stefan Skrimshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Have at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. A Masters degree is desirable or demonstration of equivalent experience.
– Demonstrate a desire to participate fully in the network and its activities.
– Demonstrate a desire to engage with and benefit from the full WRoCAH cohort of students from across the three White Rose Universities (c. 80 students) at the same stage in their research, in a shared training and development programme.
Terms and Conditions
Each WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentship is tenable for three years and students are expected to start in October 2017. As the coherence of the network is important, deferrals will not be permitted. The award will provide fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,553) for the first year of study. The award is renewable for a second and third year of study subject to satisfactory academic progress according to each institution’s Policy on Research Degrees.
See and download the file with complete information: WRoCAH studentships – Extinction