Applications are invited for a Government funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Arts at the Coleraine Campus.
Project Summary: Narratives of Conflict and the Production of Cultural Memory
Though a post-conflict society, Northern Ireland remains deeply divided, with entrenched systems of segregation ensuring that members of different communities lead “parallel lives”. The current project seeks to examine the role of memory in producing and maintaining these divisions and to explore how shared narratives of the past may be instrumental also in producing a shared future. Among psychologists it is well established that memory is not an objective information processing and retrieval system, but is heavily influenced by the social factors. Individuals remember and reconstruct the past through the lens of their social group membership in order to enhance their sense of identity. Literary analysis suggests that various texts engage in forms of silence, forgetting, and remembering, as a response to a disturbing past with conflicted memory and conflicted emotions. The proposed interdisciplinary project seeks to combine psychology and literary studies to explore the role that memory and specifically memory with conflicted emotional significance has on the construction of group-based narratives of conflict and post-conflict.
Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in English, Psychology, History, Anthropology or a cognate area. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills experience and interests. Successful candidates will enrol as of 1 October 2016, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,296 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.
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The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 8 July 2016
Interviews will be held in July 2016
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.