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Money Matters: Literature, Culture, and Economics, 1848-1945

   Centre for Culture and Creativity

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  Dr Rob Hawkes  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

In an important 2019 article, Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight, and Nicky Marsh hail the arrival of an ‘exciting new field of interdisciplinary inquiry’: The Economic Humanities. Since 2019, the need to imagine money and economics in new ways – in the face of the stark inequalities both laid bare and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the looming threat of irreversible climate change – has taken on a new urgency. This project foregrounds literary studies as a critically under-explored framework through which to engage in such a reimagining and emphasises the vital contribution that the Economic Humanities can make to this task. Taking 1848 – the ‘year of revolution’ – and 1945 – the year which ushered in the ‘post-war settlement’ – as book ends for its period of enquiry, the successful candidate may wish to focus on aspects of late-19th- and early-20th-century literature and culture including (but not limited to): literary representations of money, markets, and economics; metaphors of/for economic exploitation (e.g. monstrosity, vampirism, automatism); literature and/of economic exclusion and marginality (e.g. on the basis of class, race, gender, disability); and relationships between literary and monetary form (e.g. literary realism and the gold standard, modernism and monetary abstraction). 

Applicants are encouraged to make interdisciplinary links between literary studies and economics, history, philosophy, politics, and sociology, and will be invited to devise a project which may focus on a specific group of authors and texts within the period 1848-1945 or concentrate on specific movements or more limited timeframes. 

A good BA and MA in English Studies or another relevant discipline(s) are prerequisites. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online for this opportunity at:

Please use the Online Application (Funded PHD) application form. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter ‘RDS’ and the title of the PhD project that you are applying for. You should ensure that you clearly indicate that you are applying for a Funded Studentship and the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title for each application to a topic or project.

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The Fees-Paid PhD studentship will cover all tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years. Successful applicants who are eligible will be able to access the UK Doctoral Loan scheme to support with living costs. The Fully Funded PhD Studentship covers tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
Applicants who are employed and their employer is interested in funding a PhD, can apply for a Collaborative Studentship.
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