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PhD Studentship: Cross Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces, in Partnership with Falls Community Council

University of Brighton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Brighton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 31st October 2018

Location: Grand Parade, Brighton

Funding for: UK residency, TECHNE AHRC-funded PhD studentship. EU students are eligible for a fees only award

Funding amount: 3 year at UKRI rates plus £550 pa additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students

Closes: Wednesday 31st October, 2018, 17:00

Project description:

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Brighton: “Cross-Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces”. This is offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Awards scheme. The partner institutions are the University of Brighton and Falls Community Council in West Belfast. This full-time studentship is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates. The successful applicant will be jointly based at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories in Brighton and the Dúchas Oral History Archive in Belfast. Candidates must be available to begin on 7th January 2019.

This studentship will investigate, evaluate and contribute to further development of the Dúchas Oral History Archive as a tool for conflict resolution and reconciliation in West Belfast. The Archive contains several collections of oral history interviews from residents at the interfaces between the unionist Shankill and nationalist Divis, Clonard and Springfield areas of the city. Drawing on, and contributing to, current academic scholarship on life history and memory of conflict, post-conflict geography, and conflict resolution, the project will critically explore the strategies and practices of history-making and memory-work devised by Dúchas to build relationships across divisions and to acknowledge and deal with a conflicted history. It will examine the Archive’s conception of the relationship between oral history and conflict resolution, and its role in the societal and policy conversation about the significance of storytelling work in dealing with the past. Through detailed engagement with the narratives collected in the Archive, it will pioneer their use in making an interpretative history of experiences and memories of ‘place’ on both sides of the interfaces before, during and after the Northern Irish Troubles.

Interviews will be Tuesday 13th November in Brighton.

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How to apply:

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Your application should include:

  • Your personal statement (500 words maximum): please outline your interest in and qualifications for the studentship in this section Contact details for two academic references
  • A sample of your academic writing 
  • Your CV (no more than two pages)
  • Two references uploaded – one must be an academic reference from your most recent period of study. Both must have been written within the last year
  • Proof of meeting the English language proficiency requirements where necessary.
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