PhD Scholarship: “Remake Up” and paramedical tattooing, Glasgow

Application Deadline: Friday 15 March 2019

An ESRC SGSSS Collaborative PhD scholarship is available in HGRG at University of Glasgow with Hester Parr and Chris Philo and Emma Laurie – based on partnership with Remake Up( a social enterprise in Glasgow that uses profits to fund free permanent make-up (paramedical tattooing) for those with disfigurement or critical illness experiences. This research will explore the politics and practices of changing facial aesthetics and create an impactful research record for charities, social enterprise and NHS services that provide aesthetic reconstructions. 

Further details:

Applications are live – deadline is in March.

If you have questions please feel free to email Hester Parr:

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PhD Studentship: ‘Medical Creativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature’, Northumbria

Title: ‘Medical Creativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature’ (Ref: EXT19/HUM/LAWLOR)

Location: University of Northumbria

Deadline for Applicants: 15th November 2018

‘Medical Creativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature’ (Ref:EXT19/HUM/LAWLOR)

This studentship is funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of the three-year Major Project, ‘Writing Doctors: Representation and Medical Personality, ca. 1660-1832’. The project itself deals broadly with writing by and about doctors and other health practitioners, including midwives, apothecaries, quacks, cunning-women and so on. The project team consists of Professor Clark Lawlor, Professor Emeritus Allan Ingram, Dr Leigh Wetherall-Dickson and Dr Helen Williams, as well as a post-doctoral Research Assistant working on an anthology of female medical writings. The postgraduate student will be assisted in narrowing the broad title provided here, and will have considerable scope to focus on their interests within the topic provided.

We will provide full details of the entire project’s scope to interested applicants, but, in short, the PhD thesis is intended to examine some aspects of the little-studied phenomenon of writing doctors and its wide social effects, whether it be representations of medical practitioners in literature and art, or creative works written by medical people. We expect that, within the broad title of ’medical creativity’, the student will begin with a survey of works by ’writing doctors’ in the period, and to identify a broader base of health practitioners’ writings. Part of this task of identifying and analysing medical writings will be to tease out issues of genre: clearly some of these works will be literary in the most obvious sense, but others will manifest creativity in more subtle ways, such as the medical case study.

The student will narrow the thesis to concentrate on specific works, both literary and medical (however defined) to be identified by the student, and will discuss matters such as generic expectations, literary style, and the relationship of style to content. The status of the author regarding gender, religion, nationality and so on will be a significant aspect of the thesis as well.

The student will benefit from the many opportunities afforded by this major project and the wider team of period experts at Northumbria, including funding for archival and other research, academic and public speaking, and publishing under its auspices. We will be happy to support collaboration with external arts and cultural organisations if that is of interest to the candidate.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2018
Start Date: 7 January 2019

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Funding Notes
The studentship is available to all Home and EU students with a full stipend, paid for 3 years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19 this is £14,777 pa) and includes full Home/EU fees


Clark Lawlor and Akihito Suzuki (eds), Sciences of Body and Mind, Vol. 2 of Literature and
Science 1660-1834 [anthology], Gen. Ed. Judith Hawley, 8 vols (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2003).

Clark Lawlor, From Melancholia to Prozac: a History of Depression (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Clark Lawlor, Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease (Basingstoke: Palgrave,

Allan Ingram and Leigh Wetherall-Dickson (eds), Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fashioning the Unfashionable (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Depression and Melancholy 1660-1800, ed. Leigh Wetherall-Dickson and Allan Ingram (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012), 4 vols.

Helen Williams, [with Richard Terry], eds., Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, by John Cleland (Toronto: Broadview, 2018)

PhD Scholarship: ‘Enabling or Disabling? Critical responses to new audio technologies in the early 20th century’, Leeds

Location: School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science, University of Leeds

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 1st June 2018

Funder: White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WROCAH)

Enabling or Disabling? Critical responses to new audio technologies in the early 20th century

Supervisors: Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds), and Esme Cleall (University of Sheffield).

Our preliminary descriptor for this project is as follows; this will be developed in the first six months of the PhD award via a comprehensive, guided literature review:

New media technologies have not always brought universal benefits. Some indeed have had distinctly disabling effects on social participation and communication. This project looks at the challenges created by the new aural technologies of telephone, radio and ‘talkie’ movies that added to the soundscapes of British life for many by World War 2. While some of the blind population could access the new ‘spoken word’ culture of radio through the British Wireless for the Blind Fund founded in 1928, these aural innovations excluded Deaf people and made participation problematic for hard of hearing people. Numerous hearing aid manufacturers marketed a new generation of electronic devices as a technical fix for the challenges involved, but the experiences of many who tried to use these hearing aids, and the controversies around the advertising of them, has never been fully documented. The PhD student on this project would be invited to explore any aspects that interested them in the broader historical context of differentiated experiences of audio technologies. Available research resources include the Action on Hearing Loss Library, which holds both the archives of the National Institute for the Deaf, its records of regional Hard of Hearing Clubs and the journals of various deaf organisations. Materials on the testing and advertising of hearing aids are available at BT ArchivesThe British Post Museum and Archive and the History of Advertising Trust in Norfolk.

For further information please contact:

Application Closing Date: 5pm Friday 1 June. Interviews have been provisionally scheduled for 4 July 2018.

How to apply:

Application is in two parts. An application cannot be considered unless BOTH PARTS are complete.

You must apply for a place of study at the University of Leeds, School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science. If you have not done this yet, you can do this here

White Rose Studentship Application Form:
If you have any queries about completing the online application form, please contact the WRoCAH Office on

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. A Masters degree is desirable, or demonstration of equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrate a desire to participate fully in the ‘Electronic Soundscapes’ network and its activities.
  • Demonstrate a desire to engage with and benefit from the full WRoCAH cohort of students from across the three White Rose Universities (c. 80 students) at the same stage in their research, in a shared training and development programme.

Terms and Conditions

Each WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentship is tenable for three years and students are expected to start in October 2018. As the coherence of the network is important, deferrals will not be permitted.

The award will provide fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,777) for the first year of study. The award is renewable for a second and third year of study subject to satisfactory academic progress according to each institution’s Policy on Research Degrees.

Successful students will also be eligible to apply to additional WRoCAH funding schemes for research support, training, student-led activities and knowledge exchange projects. All students will be required to spend one month with an external Partner organisation on a specific project to develop their employability skills.

PhD Scholarships: ‘Writing Disabled Lives in Nineteenth-Century Britain’, Swansea

Deadline: 22nd January 2018

Start date: 1st October 2018

See the website for full details

Project details:

During the nineteenth century there were a series of developments that helped to shape ‘disability’ in its modern form. The administrative categorisation of the ‘defective’ poor in workhouses served to identify physical incapacity as a distinctive cause of poverty requiring particular responses, whereas the valorisation of ‘normal’ ranges of human size, strength and intelligence in eugenic thought marked out as deviant and inferior those who failed to meet these standards. Industrialisation, and subsequent struggles over reform (such as campaigns to limit child labour or restrict the length of the working day), promoted an abstract idea of the worker, whose capacities and needs were assumed to be the same as others.

Such developments have begun to attract attention, but considerably less is known about how people with impairments made sense of their experiences within evolving concepts of ‘disability’ and ‘able-bodiedness’. The aim of this PhD studentship is to explore ways in which contemporaries narrated physical difference using a variety of biographical and autobiographical writings. The nineteenth century is significant for a proliferation of texts that explored the lives of people with disabilities. Some, such as the autobiographical writings of Harriet Martineau or John Kitto, are relatively well-known, but many others such as James Wilson’s Biography of the Blind (1820) – arguably the first work of ‘disability history’ – have received very little attention from historians or literary scholars. Accounts of illness and disability abound in working class autobiographies, while pauper letters weave these themes into compelling narratives of need. Life histories of freak show performers, ‘eccentric’ biographies, newspaper obituaries, and new forms of investigative reporting characteristic of the ‘new journalism’ all shed light on experiences of physical and intellectual difference.  Such texts employed a variety of rhetorical strategies for capturing the experiences of ‘disabled’ women and men, yet have not yet been researched systematically from a disability perspective.

The recipient of this PhD studentship will have the opportunity to determine the scope and direction of their research within the broad parameters of the project. Their work will examine how disability is constructed within particular cultural contexts and how these relate to social, religious and medical frameworks for understanding physical difference. Their work will examine critically how narratives of disability are shaped by – and in turn shape – gender, class and racial identities. As part of their project, the PhD student will work with the interdisciplinary supervisory team to develop a programme of public engagement exploring life writing as a tool for promoting health and wellbeing, while also raising awareness of experiences of disability in modern Wales. This may include producing a public engagement blog that uses historical evidence to engage in dialogue with disabled people’s experiences in the present, and other public-facing activities. The supervisors, who won a Research and Innovation Award in 2016 for their work on the exhibition ‘From Pithead to Sickbed and Beyond: the Buried History of Disability in the Coal Industry before the NHS’, will bring their experience in leading disability projects to provide mentoring for the recipient of the studentship to build a public profile for their work and develop its impact potential. The project falls under the auspices of CREW, Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, and the cross-campus Research Group for Health, History and Culture (RGHHC), which will provide supportive research clusters.  Since its founding in 2010, members of RGHHC have secured grants totalling £1.5 million for individual or collaborative projects. Swansea University is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in disability history. Recent funded projects include ‘Disability and Industrial Society 1780-1880’ (Wellcome Trust) and an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Scholarship on ‘Correcting Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain’ (with the Science Museum).

Supervisors / Academic Contacts: Professor David Turner and Professor Kirsti Bohata

PhD Scholarship: ‘Blood cultures: the language and metaphors of menstruation’, Manchester Metropolitan University


This project investigates the language and metaphors used to describe menstruation with a particular focus upon atypical bleeding (e.g., amenorrhea, endometriosis, fibroids, bleeding in pregnancy, post-partum haemorrhage and bleeding, flooding and spotting) through the life course (at puberty, in adulthood, in the peri-menopause and menopause). Textual material may be derived from either contemporary (21st Century) imaginative literature, film or life-writing and/or derived from interviews with volunteer participants in the UK, Ireland and, if the candidate has the requisite language skills, one or more non-English speaking language community. The project will produce a discourse analysis of recurrent themes, metaphors, similarities and differences in the language of menstruation today, paying close attention to the significance of class, education, culture, community, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexuality in mediating this discourse.

Aims and objectives

This project builds upon the work of the Critical Medical Humanities research group on critical disability studies, pain and the language of endometriosis.It aims to create interdisciplinary research pathways across literary studies, linguistics/discourse and intercultural studies.The candidate will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in the mentioned areas and approaches upon which the project will draw.

Menstruation and atypical bleeding remain sources of social stigma for women, particularly at key moments of transition such as puberty and menopause. This project investigates the ways in which menstruation and, particularly, atypical bleeding are talked about by women today (both individually and in groups), and/or depicted in contemporary literature, film and life-writing. The project aims are as follows:

  • to identify and collate narrative/conversational accounts of menstruation and atypical bleeding
  • to produce a close critical/discourse analysis of the ways in which menstruation and atypical bleeding are depicted and spoken about in these accounts, paying close attention to the use of metaphor and recurrent tropes, conversational/narrative styles.
  • to consider the role and significance of class, education, culture, community, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexuality in mediating ways of talking about menstruation.
  • If the student is fluent in one or more language (alongside English), then the project also aims to compare and contrast, talk about menstruation in different language communities.

In exploring contemporary discourses about menstruation and atypical bleeding, the objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To develop effective methodologies for eliciting, exploring and critically assessing the language(s) of menstruation
  • To utilize the research as a means to break through taboos and embedded attitudes that can lead to marginalisation and social stigma
  • To derive implications that will contribute to the enhancement of communication and the social visibility of the issues explored.

This project supervisory team will include Dr Lucy Burke

Specific requirements of the project

Applicants should have a high upper second or first class undergraduate degree in an Arts/Humanities discipline or equivalent and they should have or be completing Masters level study in any one of the following fields: literary, film or media studies; modern languages, discourse analysis/socio-linguistics; critical and cultural theory, philosophy, medical humanities, medical anthropology or sociology of culture. They require high level skills in either the stylistic/critical analysis of narrative fiction, literary genres, literary/ narrative discourse and/or the discourse analysis of conversational language/written text. Applicants interested in working with different language communities should be able to evidence fluency in their chosen languages.

Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to develop and conduct an independent research project. Experience of transdisciplinary research and/or work at the interface of the arts/humanities and science/medicine is desirable.

The successful candidate would be expected to start in September/October 2018.

Student eligibility

This opportunity is open to UK/EU and International applicants


Informal enquiries can be made to:

Please quote the reference ArtsHum-CELL-2018-1

For more information, see the full advertisement here.

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Interviews: 12th Feb – 9th March 2018


PhD Scholarship in Literature and Medicine, Lancaster

Research scholarship in Literature and Medicine and/or Science, University of Lancaster

Number of bursaries: 1
Eligibility: Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants
Deadline: 2nd March 2018

The Department invites applications for a PhD in English and/or Creative Writing focused upon the relationship between literature and science or literature and medicine from the Early Modern period through to the present.

Topics might include, but are not limited to: the influence of science and/or medicine on novelists and/or poets, or vice versa; literature that challenges or complicates the idea that there are ‘two cultures’ between the arts and the sciences; science or literature as metaphor; popular science writing; the therapeutic effects of writing in terms of bodily or mental well-being; the intersections of science, technology and literature; the Medical Humanities; the use of fiction as the expression or representation of chronic pain; speculative fiction; post-humanism; environmental or eco-critical writing; and drugs and literature. Interdisciplinary projects are strongly welcomed.

The bursary takes the form of a fee waiver for the duration of an individual’s PhD studies and a contribution towards maintenance costs. Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to Mrs Leila Atkinson.

Award criteria: The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates for a scholarship will be ranked based on the following criteria in order of priority:

  1. Potential for an original contribution.
  2. Evidence of scholarly ability:
    – clear and concise description of the study
    – awareness of current literature in the field
    – understanding of research methodology appropriate for an early stage postgraduate student
    – a research project that can be completed within the timeframe allowed for a PhD

The application form is available at For further information, please contact Professor Sharon Ruston (