PhD Studentship: Animating Memory: Exploring the Intergenerational Communication of memories of the 1947 Partition of India in the British Asian Community.

Loughborough University

Start date: October 2017

Interview date: 3 May 2017

Primary supervisor: Dr Emily Keightley

Secondary supervisor: Dr Andrew Selby

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Project Detail:

This PhD studentship forms part of the 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. This research 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.

The aim of this four-year research project is to use animation as an arts-based method for working with young people in schools to explore the intergenerational transmission of Partition memory. The project will work with British and British Asian children to explore both the extent to which Partition informs their understanding of British/British Asian identities and communities, and will also develop ways of constructively communicating Partition memory.

The project will be based in the world-leading Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University and will involve collaborating with local and international external partner organisations.  

The start date for the studentship is 2nd October 2017 and its duration is four years.

Find out more:

General information about the Centre can be found at:

Entry requirements:

  • Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Animation, 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
  • Candidates must pass a DBS check in order to work with children in schools.

The following additional qualifications/skills will be an advantage: A relevant Master’s degree in media/communications/cultural studies/art and design; practice-based experience of animation.

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 £14,553 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:  SPGSLH17/EK1

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