PhD Studentship in French - Adaptation and Censorship in post-war French Cinema 1944-1958

Newcastle University

Value of award: 100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: January 2017 for 3 years.

Overview: Interested in French film history? This PhD project will explore the relationship between film production and film censorship in post-war French cinema (1944-1958), with a focus on adaptations.

You will test the hypothesis that adapting novels or plays for the screen allowed filmmakers to address key social and political concerns of the time, by:

  • undertaking primary research in archives, including those of the censorship committee (Commission de contrôle)
  • tracing the impact of censorship at different stages of production through case studies.

The successful candidate will play a key role in shaping the theories and methodologies required to:

  • define the concept of censorship
  • contextualise emerging debates on adaptation
  • frame the archival research.

Training will be offered following a thorough analysis of needs, but may include archival research and data management.

Sponsor: Funded through the University’s Research Excellence Academy.

Name of supervisor(s): Dr Sarah Leahy, (School of Modern Languages) and Dr Andrew Shail, (School of English).

Eligibility Criteria: This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates.  International students will need to pay the difference between UK and international fees.

Applicants must:

  • have a 2:1 honoursdegree or equivalent in French, History, Film Studies or a related subject
  • have a near native knowledge of French
  • have IELTS 7.0 with at least 7.0 in the written component.

In addition, you must have, or expect to achieve, a Masters with merit in a subject area such as:

  • French
  • Film Studies
  • Cultural History
  • Literary Studies.

How to apply: You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.  All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed.

The following information will help us to process your application.  You will need to: 

  • insert the programme code 8220F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of Modern Languages – French’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code SML03 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code SML03 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.
  • attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

* You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.  You should also send your covering letter and CV by email to Dr Sarah Leahy. 

Contact: For further details and informal enquiries, please contact:
Dr S Leahy
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7492

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