Adventure Min CDT PhD Studentship: Dissenting Identities: Feminism, Sexual Politics and Visual Culture

Loughborough University

Interview date: 12/6/2018

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.

(Re)definitions of gendered, sexual and transnational identities frequently respond to – or are challenged by – hyper-masculinity and ultra-nationalism. The current climate makes urgent the need for new, historically-informed theories of alternative masculinities and queer, trans*, and transnational identities. How might exploration of non-normative culture, history and community through arts practices and theories help protect and develop dissenting, precarious, or marginal identities? Do attempts to promote these identities (for example, in presentation spaces and criticism) run the risk either of neutralising radical identity positions through assimilation, or of erasing the most marginal in the search for solidarity?

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 10-15 minutes 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

Email address:

How to apply: Online only, at

Please quote reference number: SAED-HR2-18

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