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Execution and Empire: A History of Judicial Killing Under British Colonial Rule, 1815-1980

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, March 04, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

We are now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Joint Studentship between the University of Leicester (where the student will be registered) and the University of Warwick, to commence in October 2019

Where necessary, the studentship will fund the completion of the one-year Masters in Social Science Research prior to the three-year PhD project.

The PhD project aims to produce a comparative study of judicial execution across the British Empire, dating from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the late twentieth century. The student will compile comparative data from across the British imperial world, and select three case studies which will each provide a detailed account of the evolution of capital punishment at colony level. The overall goal of the project is to assess the degree to which law, practices and perceptions of capital punishment in British colonies developed independently of metropolitan direction, and what this tells us about the transplantation and reception of British law in different parts of the world.

Subsidiary questions then define more specific areas for study. At an empirical level, the project will quantify rates of execution and compare these across the territories of the British empire, and over time, and consider how far categories of race, gender, class, caste and status affected the practice of punishment. The methods and mechanics of execution will also be examined, especially in those cases that diverge from metropolitan practice. The histories of movements for the reform of capital punishment will also be reviewed, both those that emanated from the metropole and those that originated in the colonies. The PhD project will be supervised by Professor Clare Anderson (Leicester) and Professor David Anderson (Warwick).

Full details of the academic content of this studentship can be at:

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject. The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

How to apply

To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Joint Studentship application form available online at , along with two references, a CV and a 2,500 - 3,000 word sample of your written work (BA essay, chapter from MA thesis etc.) Please email this to Louise Taylor .

Informal enquiries about the research or School of History, Politics and International Relations prior to application can be directed to Professor Clare Anderson

Application deadline: Monday 4 March 5pm

Interviews on Monday 18th March at University of Leicester.

Funding Notes

Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available only to successful applicants who fulfil eligibility criteria. To check your eligibility, visit: View Website

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