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The History of Adventure Foods, c.1850-1970: investigating the history of specialist ‘adventure food’ from the initial application through to the emergence of ‘adventure tourism’

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  • Full or part time
    Dr V Heggie
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3-year self-funded* PhD Studentship starting as soon as possible.

The purpose of this PhD is to investigate the history of specialist ‘adventure food’, from the initial application of new theories about diet and nutrition by and for explorers in the early Victorian period, through to the emergence of ‘adventure tourism’ as a mass-market consumer activity.

The student will explore both the history of applied nutrition, and changing ideas about human metabolic processes, as well as the role of visual culture and advertising in identifying certain foods as appropriate for explorers’ and adventurers’ rations. The project is envisioned as covering Britain and the British Empire, but we will consider proposals that cover an alternative geographical region, or incorporate non-English-language sources.

* while there is no dedicated funding for this position, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Heggie to discuss funding possibilities.

Person Specification
Applicants should have a strong background in the history of science, technology and/or medicine. They should hold or realistically expect to obtain an Upper Second Class Honours degree in History or a related subject; candidates with a STEM undergraduate degree should either have had final year specialization in History of STEM, or a Masters level qualification in the History of Science, History of Medicine, Science Studies, or similar.

How to apply
Applications should be directed to Vanessa Heggie at [Email Address Removed]. To apply, please send:

• A Detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable;
• A one page proposal for a PhD project

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. This can be conducted face –to –face, by telephone or skype

Funding Notes

This PhD is advertised as self-funding, although applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Heggie to discuss funding possibilities.

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