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Women Walking the World: Emotions, Place and Memory in English Court Records, 1400-1800

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Project Description

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for the following project

Closing date: - 29th February 2016
Studentships will start on 26th September 2016
Supervisors: Dr Amanda Capern [Email Address Removed] (01482 465867), Department of History. Second supervisors: Professor Elisabeth Salter [Email Address Removed] (01482 465664), Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences & Dr Briony McDonagh [Email Address Removed] (01482 466734), Department of Geography, Faculty of Science and Engineering. Informal enquiries about the studentship can be directed to Amanda Capern, Elisabeth Salter or Briony McDonagh. Applicants might also like to look at the research cluster website –

Project summary:
Recent research on women’s agency in the rural economy has added significantly to our knowledge about female ownership of land (Capern, 2002, 2008/10, forthcoming; McDonagh, 2009, forthcoming), their involvement in farming and in the land market (Habakkuk, 1994; Whittle, 2012; Hoyle 2013). At the same time, research has shown that women’s memories of place and ownership of property really mattered, not least because they were often vital in court testimonies for resolving family and community conflict over contested property (Whyte, 2007, 2009, 2011; Capern, 2015). Yet we know relatively little about how elite and non-elite women understood the landscape around them, how they made sense of it in their daily lives and invested it with meaning. This project will investigate women’s spatial imaginations, exploring their mobility through space and emotional attachments to place at a variety of scales (including for example, domestic space, sacred spaces, village space and the wider fieldscapes of rural England, and thus building on the work of Salter, 2009, 2011 and Flather, 2011, 2013 amongst others). While there is scope for the successful applicant to shape their own project, it is anticipated that the project will draw on under-explored church and equity court records, as well as literary and other sources, to investigate women’s affective encounter with place across the late medieval and early modern period. In doing so, the project will explore women’s emotional response to the world as well as the ways this has potentially changed over both time and space. This PhD project forms one part of a larger research cluster (Gender, Place and Memory, 1400-1900) at the University of Hull headed by Amanda Capern and Briony McDonagh, and drawing in academics and researchers from History, English and Geography. The successful applicant will join a vibrant team of Postgraduate and Postdoctoral researchers working on women’s property and material culture; women and the law; gender and emotional attachment to land, landscape and environment.

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In order to qualify for this scholarship applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in History, English, Geography or a related discipline. A master’s degree and experience working with one or more of the following is desirable: archival materials; medieval and/or early-modern court records; medieval and/or early-modern literary sources.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.

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