Collaborative Doctoral Award Funded PhD Studentship

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Race, Slavery and the Global Textile Industry in Perthshire, 1840-1914

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Wales, NI, Republic of Ireland, European Union, International, Scotland

Level

Postgraduate (research)

Deadline

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards

1

Value of awards

Fees and maintenance at standard AHRC rates, for 3.5 years

Your country/region

All nationalities

Applications are invited for a fully funded collaborative PhD studentship (fees and maintenance at standard AHRC rates, for 3.5 years) starting 1 October 2022 at the Universities of Stirling and Strathclyde, in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland. This project investigates how the textile trade in Perthshire—cotton, jute, and linen—was affected by, and implicated in, global issues around slavery and race in the long nineteenth century, with a particular concentration on the Victorian period.

Background information

Applications are invited for a fully funded collaborative PhD studentship (fees and maintenance at standard AHRC rates, for 3.5 years) starting 1 October 2022 at the Universities of Stirling and Strathclyde, in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland. This project investigates how the textile trade in Perthshire—cotton, jute, and linen—was affected by, and implicated in, global issues around slavery and race in the long nineteenth century, with a particular concentration on the Victorian period. Its primary focus will be on how workers within this industry, and in the local communities in Perthshire’s industrial towns and villages, perceived and represented questions of race, slavery and migration, and became involved in these debates. Using both historical and literary methodologies, it will uncover local and global histories and consider how heritage bodies might incorporate these into their public-facing activities.

This is an interdisciplinary project suited to students with interests in history, literature or heritage, and with an enthusiasm for exploring working-class culture. The supervisory team consists of Professor Kirstie Blair (Stirling), Dr Churnjeet Mahn (Strathclyde) and Dr Laura Harrison (Historic Environment Scotland), with additional input from Ms Fiona Davidson (Historic Environment Scotland Learning & Inclusion Team). The student will be able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities) as well as belonging to active cohorts of PhD students in the Arts and Humanities at Stirling and Strathclyde. They will be registered at Stirling but with non-graduating student status at Strathclyde.

Eligibility and availability

Applicants should have a strong academic record consistent with SGSAH’s expectations for funding, including excellent results in an undergraduate and Masters degree in any related subject area (normally, a First Class undergraduate degree and/or Distinction at Masters or equivalent).

Please note that this studentship is open to UK and non-UK applicants but fee costs are covered at Home student rates. International students would need to be able to meet the difference between Home and International fee rates. Applications from students from a diverse or minority background will be welcomed.

How do I apply?

You should submit a one page cover letter outlining why you are interested in the project, a brief (1-2 page) CV, and a 2000 word writing sample (e.g. an extract from a Masters dissertation or essay) to Professor Blair via email (kirstie.blair@strath.ac.uk) by 5pm on  Friday 20 May 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview on 30 May 2022. Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and should be directed to Professor Blair.