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PhD Studentship - Connecting Asia to Africa through Print: Translation and Textual Circulation in 1960s East Africa

The University of Edinburgh

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Edinburgh
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th September 2018
Closes: 7th October 2018

Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to invite applications for a three-year PhD studentship to work on a Leverhulme-funded project ‘Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s’.

Application deadline: 7 October 2018

Start date: 1 January 2019

This PhD studentship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is for a project entitled 'Connecting Asia to Africa through Print: Translation and Textual Circulation in 1960s East Africa’. We welcome applications from candidates with interests in Asian-African connections in general, though Chinese language skills may be an advantage, since the exchange of ideas between China and East Africa is one of the project’s focuses.

About the project

‘Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s’, which will run from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2022, seeks to understand and explain how East Africa’s global connections systematically broke down after independence, opening up a set of new and unpredictable paths forward.

The global turn has privileged long-term flows of people, capital and ideas, assuming the ubiquity and ever-increasing power of these connections. But the view from early postcolonial East Africa challenges this narrative.

East Africa’s global connections were powerful and real at independence. But by the early 1970s, utopian ideas of a globally connected African future had been destroyed by introverted nationalism. This project interrogates key assumptions of the linearity of globalisation by exploring how a vision of a connected postcolonial world shattered. It does so through a focus on ideas, traced through print and written correspondence.

About the award

The three-year studentship will cover:

  • Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.
  • An annual maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,777 in 2018-19).
  • Additional funding for e.g. conference and fieldwork travel is also available.

For more information, including full eligibility criteria, and to apply please visit

If you have any academic enquiries about the project please contact Dr Emma Hunter (

For application queries please contact Amanda Campbell, HCA Graduate School Manager, (

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