“Beyond Shell-Shock: New perspectives on psychological and/or emotional responses to the First World War.”
'Shell-shock' has tended to dominate the historiography of the psychological and emotional responses to the First World War. Historians have shown that the category was contested, often related to the ‘industrial' nature of the warfare, and had lasting impacts on British society. Much of this research has focused on male combatants and female nurses. Research on women who experienced active service in other contexts (the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the Women's Royal Naval Service and the Women's Royal Air Force) and men who did not fight overseas remains under-developed. This project promises to go beyond the limitations of the existing literature, namely its restricted focus on nurses and its narrow concern with those classified as suffering from ‘shell-shock', to provide fresh perspectives on the ways in which people experienced and responded to conflict. The project is in part an examination of the impacts of experiencing warfare on society, in part a study of the response of the medical profession to combat trauma in this period, and in part an effort to recover lost histories of trauma and suffering.
Number of scholarships –1
Value – Home/EU Fees and a full Stipend for 3 years
Opens – Immediately
Closes – 3rd August 2016
Helps with – The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend and a fee-waiver at Home/EU rates.
Duration – 3 years
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Is this for you?
To apply for the scholarship, you must:
• Hold (or expect to achieve in 2016) a Masters Degree with Merit or Distinction.
• Hold an undergraduate degree with First-Class or Upper Second-Class Honours in relevant fields or subjects
• Be available to commence your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2016
How to apply –
Upload the following documents to: https://ben.mis.strath.ac.uk/pguserprofile/control/enterDetailsPage
(Apply via “PhD History” and include the phrase “REA Application – Beyond Shell-Shock” in funding section.)
• Research proposal of no more than 1000 words, which includes a clear research question, and explanation of why it is highly original, and an outline of a timetable for tackling the project.
• Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project
• Degree transcripts (this may be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• **Two academic references** (alternatively these may be provided directly from your referees if they would prefer and should be sent to [email protected] no later than the deadline of 3rd August. Email subject should contain: applicant name + phrases “Reference” and “REA Application – Beyond Shell Shock.”
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.