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PhD scholarship

University of Hull

Location: Kingston upon Hull
Salary: The fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15,609
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th November 2021
Closes: 31st January 2022

‘Shut up’: Pandemic Lockdowns and Health Inequalities, 1600 to present day

About this project

COVID-19 lockdowns have helped bring UK communities together in a shared experience of incarceration, but research is also revealing inequalities in this experience across gender, region, and socioeconomic status. Rooting present-day inequalities in past pandemics, this interdisciplinary project works across English, History, and Health Sciences to explore experiences of public health incarceration during plague outbreaks in 17th-century Hull. The project draws on the rich public health records housed in Hull History Centre archives to identify gender and economic inequalities in how town authorities enforced regulations to shut up plague-infected households for forty days. Comparing past with present, the project uses Hull as a case study to explore how histories of inequality can help us devise policies and deliver strategies for future pandemic lockdowns. It uses seventeenth-century poetry, letters, and diaries to give voice to the incarcerated across time and compares historical accounts to the emerging genre of pandemic literature today.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Stewart Mottram (s.mottram@hull.ac.uk)

About the research cluster

The successful candidate will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment at the University of Hull's Cultures of Incarceration Centre (CIC) which is proud of its growing postgraduate community.

The Centre explores creative responses to the experience of incarceration across cultures and continents, with ‘incarceration’ applied to a host of historical and contemporary contexts, including prisons, pandemics, and modern slavery. Our work informs wider discussions of race, class, gender, humanity, and citizenship in countries across the world, and pioneers new interdisciplinary ways of working with colleagues from across subject areas and in collaboration with external partners and stakeholders.

Please note that the successful candidate should be prepared to undertake fieldwork (whether in Hull, nationally, or the US) as required.

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship for full time and within five years and six months if studying part-time.

If you need to move into a fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period.

Eligibility, entry requirements and how to apply To find out more about the eligibility criteria, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the University of Hull PhD scholarships webpage.

International applicants

This opportunity comes with a home fee waiver only.

Closing date for applications

Midnight on 31.1.22

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