Questions of gender and the representation of minority rights in the South Asian literary and visual landscape


   School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

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About the Project

Critical considerations of women’s history in South Asia point to the impact of patriarchal and religious conservatism on women’s lives, and link periods of discrimination to acts of political and artistic resistance. Today, the situation of gender, sexual, religious, linguistic, class/caste, ethnic and political minorities is an issue of both local and transnational debate and concern. However, there remains a need to look critically across women’s artistic self-expression and questions of minority representation, and to probe minoritarian cultural outputs’ relationships to colonial, postcolonial, and neoliberal hierarchies and stereotypes.

Applicants are invited to devise a project on the representation of gender and minority rights in the South Asian literary and visual landscape which enables them to address these and related issues through an exploration of literature and the visual arts. An excellent BA and MA in literature, fine arts, South Asian, gender studies or another relevant discipline are prerequisites.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. 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.

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Selection process

All applications received by the closing date will be considered. Successful applicants at the application stage will be shortlisted and contacted to arrange an interview. All interviews will be held online. After interview, all interviewed applicants will be contacted to inform them of the outcome. Successful applicants progressing to an offer of a place, to commence in October 2022 or May 2023.

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Key dates

  • Deadline: 09/09/2022 5:00PM
  • Interview date: We envisage that interviews will take place in September 2022.
  • Start date: Successful applicants will be expected to start October 2022 or May 2023.

Funding Notes

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.
Applicants who are employed and their employer is interested in funding a PhD, can apply for a Collaborative Studentship.
Applications are welcome from strong UK, EU and International students.
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