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Revealing Abledment: Ableism and the Body Politic

School of Education and Social Work

About the Project

Studies in Ableism (SiA) is now a recognised sub-specialism of critical disability studies and focuses on ways that abledment (the process of being/becoming ‘abled’) is located within societal processes and practices. Temporality, place and context are significant for the formation of bodies and populations marked as ‘abled’, and the remnant sometimes marked as ‘disabled’. We are keen to support PhD candidates who are interested in investigating the production of abledment within a specific realm (this could be the notion of citizenship in more collectivist societies, ideas of reciprocity and hospitality in family-kin networks; abledment and abjection; ‘advances’ in science; abledment, technology and productivity; abledment and leadership; and so on). Students will be provided with support in absorbing the canon of critical disability studies in order to gain insights into radical appraisals of disability before moving in the literature of SiA. The project requires a student who is committed to reading broadly across traditional disciplinary boundaries and non-western cultural contexts, hungry for deliberation and problematisation; and ultimately comfortable with complexity and uncertainties. This project would suit PhD students from humanities (history, art aesthetics, medical humanities), social sciences (sociology, politics, cultural studies, anthropology, legal studies) and social work, education, community learning & development.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Professor Campbell, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate: Please follow the instructions below.

Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding. However, we will work with the student to identify any possible scholarships.

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