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NUAcT PhD Studentship: Queer Commonwealth

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Project Description
Number of awards

Start date and duration
September 2020. 3 Years

Application closing date
21 February 2020 (Expression of Interest by 7 February 2020)

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University invites applications for a fully-funded doctoral studentship for research within the area of global gender and sexuality studies. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Stephen D Seely and will join a vibrant and diverse research community at Newcastle with internationally recognised expertise in sexuality, gender and politics.

‘Queer Commonwealth’ will examine the forms of transnational sexuality politics—modes of governance and dissidence—emerging amidst shifting assemblages of capital, nationalism, law, religion, and technology in the Global South. The interdisciplinary, mixed-methods project will have three phases, examining three scales: (1) the local, which will include field research in Nigeria, East Africa, India, Singapore, and Jamaica; (2) the global, analysing how these political formations, strategies, and concepts are circulating transnationally; and (3) the virtual, which will use digital studies methodologies to study how technologies are facilitating new networks of political participation. Using the framework of ‘theory from the South’ (Comaroff & Comaroff, 2012), the project aims to provide a queer-decolonial mapping of sexuality as a driving factor in the global geopolitics emerging in the crisis of post-Cold War neoliberalism.

Set in this research context, applicants are invited to propose a programme of study towards furthering knowledge of global sexuality politics. Potential themes might be:

gender, sexuality, and/or reproductive politics in the Global South (esp. Africa)
postcolonial/decolonial, queer, feminist, and/or political theory (esp. Global South focused)
gender, race, and sexuality in transnational or global dynamics
feminist, queer, and/or decolonial approaches to political economy, neoliberalism, biopolitics
the shifting relationships between sexuality and democracy
relationships between sexuality/gender politics and emerging populist, nationalist, and religious politics (esp. in the Global South)
science and technology studies in the Global South
critical legal studies on gender/sexuality (esp. transnational or Global South focused)
historical or contemporary studies of any of the project’s fieldwork sites

Newcastle University (NUAcT fellowship)

Name of supervisor(s)
Dr Stephen D Seely (co-supervised by Prof. Diane Richardson)

Eligibility Criteria
A 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent and a demonstrable interest and background in gender/sexualities studies and interdisciplinary research are essential. Experience or expertise in any of the project’s fieldwork sites is particularly desirable. It is desirable that the successful applicant will have experience of conducting research at Master’s level, though an additional 6 months research training would be provided through Faculty Research Training Programme for applicants without a research accredited MA qualification.

How to apply
To apply, please contact Dr Stephen D Seely () directly to express interest before 7 February 2020.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by 21 February 2020.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

click on programme of study
insert 8202F in the programme code section and click search
select Programme Name ‘PhD Sociology (full time)’
insert GPSNA3 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a CV
attach a research proposal of up to 1,500 words
attach a one-page personal statement and the details of two referees

Students from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply.


Funding Notes

Full tuition fees at the UK, EU or International rate plus an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (currently for 2019/20 this is £15,009) across 3 years.

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