PhD Studentship: Remembering Partition Online

Loughborough University

Start date: October 2017

Interview date: 5 May 2017

Primary supervisor: Dr Emily Keightley                  

Secondary supervisor: Dr Simone Natale

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Project Detail:

This PhD studentship forms part of the larger five year project ‘Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination (MMPI): British Asian Memory, Identity and Community after Partition’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust, led by Dr Emily Keightley.  Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, this ground-breaking work responds to the urgent need for research which captures cultural memories of Partition in the British Asian community. Memories of Partition continue to shape contemporary British Asian community relations and this research makes a transformative intervention in the field of Memory Studies and the sociological analysis of migrant communities. It addresses how community identities, including a sense of Britishness, are produced and articulated by South Asian people in the UK through cultural practices and social processes of remembering the 1947 Partition of India.

This studentship will address how memories of partition are communicated and negotiated online through different platforms such as social networks and websites. Focusing on the case of the Indian partition, research will explore how digital storytelling contributes to the construction of collective and personal memories within online and offline communities, and how narratives and controversies about this historical event are created and shared online. While we are particularly interested in exploring the possibility for this studentship to employ online ethnography as primary research method, other methodologies including qualitative interviews and textual analysis will also be considered.

The project will be based in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. The start date for the studentship is 2nd October 2017 and its duration is four years.

Find out more: General information about the Institute for Media and Creative Industries can be found:

Entry requirements:

  • Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Communications and Media, Cultural Studies or a related subject;
  • High level of creativity and enthusiasm to work as part of a large interdisciplinary project;
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: in Research, Communications and Media, Cultural Studies.

Funding information:

Funding for this project is provided by The Leverhulme Trust. The award is for a full time student for four years. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £16,533 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details: Name: Dr Emily Keightley,, +44 (0)1509 223629

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Social Sciences

Please quote reference number:  SGPSLH17/EK4

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