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Inclusive cemeteries, memorials and public commemorative spaces (cultural geography)


   School of Geography and Environmental Science

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  Prof Avril Maddrell  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Enquiries and applications are invited for research projects on the cultural and political geographies of inclusive cemeteries, memorials, and public commemorative spaces. Projects should encompass one or more of the following themes:

• Inclusion-exclusion around gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, disability and other biases in public commemorative structures, infrastructure and spaces;

• Material structures and/or embodied performative rituals;

• Historical or contemporary cemeteries and memorials;

• Cultures and artefacts of memorialisation;

• Cemeteries and memorials in the UK or elsewhere.

Candidates are invited to contact Professor Avril Maddrell, [Email Address Removed] to discuss ideas. If self-funding is not possible, Professor Maddrell is keen to support the preparation of applications to the AHRC SWW DTP for an October 2022 (deadline January 2022) or an October 2023 entry.

About Human Geography at Reading: Prospective applicants would join a vibrant human geography research community. Human geographers at Reading are based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science (GES), within the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES). The Human Geography Research Cluster (HGRG) focuses on addressing critical 21st Century challenges around human communities and their interactions with the environment within an increasingly globalised world. The Cluster foregrounds ‘real world’ relevance and stakeholder engagement, taking a highly interdisciplinary and participatory approach. The Cluster centres social impacts and research that is transformative for participants, communities, practitioners, policymakers, students, and other ‘publics’. Human geographers at the University of are also active in the Global Development Research Division. The division conducts research that promotes social justice and equality, while raising awareness of the global challenges surrounding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Candidates are required to have a first degree in Human Geography or a cognate subject, and ideally should possess a master's degree relevant to the specific project they wish to pursue. 

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