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PhD Studentship - Kampala, East Africa and the Global 1960s: Culture, Politics, Decolonisation. "Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s"

University of York - History

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: York
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th September 2018
Closes: 7th October 2018

The Department of History at the University of York 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 ‘Kampala, East Africa and the global 1960s: culture, politics, decolonisation’.

We welcome applications from candidates with interests in decolonisation, global history, cultural history and East African studies. The candidate will focus on hitherto neglected artistic, literary and intellectual global connections and networks in Kampala and urban East Africa more generally.

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 Gerard McCann (

For application queries please contact Caroline Edwards, Department Manager, (

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