Adventure Mini CDT PhD Studentship: Spaces of (Mis) Rule: Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture

Loughborough University

Interview date: 14/6/2018

Start date of studentship: 1/10/2018

Supervisory teams are allocated from the Adventure CDT: Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture group as appropriate for the successful applicant. See information in the section below.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). An outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (compared to a national average of 43%). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College and Careers Network to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Our PhD scholarships in feminist thinking, sexual politics and visual culture respond to this generation’s political-cultural challenge and celebrate adventure, risk, urgency and promise. Global complexities in academic, political, and artistic relationships between feminist praxis and culture are radically changing. Our scholarships support this movement and are based on feminist pedagogic principles, aiming to extend proven expertise into the new cultural sexual politics.

Activist movements like #metoo and #notsurprised have made public widespread sexual- and power-abuse across arts practices and institutions, shattering the image of these spaces as liberating, experimental, and interrogative of the status quo. How can we, as feminist theorists and practitioners, respond to this exposure and new cultural risks? How can the collective joy of activism work strategically to prevent backlash? How can new historiographies of these spaces, and creation of new spaces, aid our understanding of and resistance against systemic exploitation? What are the critical and practical implications for the places of arts education, production, exhibition, or performance?

The supervisory group is committed to applying feminist thinking to research. We welcome proposals informed by (and informing) recent developments in theoretical frameworks of feminism, sexual politics, and visual culture.Applicants may have experience in- or out-side the academy, not only in the creative, performing and literary arts, politics and social science, but also in fields with strong investment in sexual politics and visual culture, such as medicine, robotics, or engineering.

Find out more:

An optional open information session, followed by opportunity for a one-to-one informal discussion of your project will be held on: 21/4/2018. Further details of this, the supervisory group, and what is required in your proposal can be found at:

Entry requirements:

Applicants should normally have at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent), an MA and/or practical experience in a discipline or area related to their proposal.

Funding information:

Studentships will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting October 2018 and will provide a tax-free annual stipend of £14,777 (18/19 RCUK rate) and 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.

Contact details:

Name: Emma Nadin (School Postgraduate Research Administrator)


Telephone: +44 (0)1509 228901

Academic project enquiries:

Name: Professor Hilary Robinson


How to apply: Online only, at

Please quote reference number: SAED-HR1-18

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