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NUAcT PhD Studentship: Critical Military Geographies

Newcastle University - School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th November 2021
Closes: 11th February 2022
Reference: GPSNA6

Award Summary

Full tuition fees at the Home or International rate plus an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (currently for 2021/22 this is £15,609) across 3 years.

Overview

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University invites applications for a doctoral studentship for research in the area of critical military geographies. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Alice Cree and will join a vibrant research community at Newcastle with internationally recognised expertise in military and political geographies.

Critical military studies is an interdisciplinary body of scholarship which explores questions of militarism, militarisation, military power, and war. Diverse examples of this include work on: everyday geopolitics of the poppy (Basham 2016); military memoirs (Woodward & Jenkings 2018); war and military tattoos (Dyvik & Welland 2018); food and militarism (Tidy 2015); militarism and music (Cree 2020); the everyday popular geopolitics of military videogames (Bos 2018); militarisation as diffusion (Henry & Natanel 2016), and more. Geographical scholarship further illuminates debates in critical military studies by being attentive to the “located, situated, and constitutive natures of military power and its effects” (Rech et al 2015). Geographers have sought to expand and nuance our understanding of how bodies, communities, places, and affects are implicated in practices of military power, and in turn how they can resist (see for example Woodward 2004; Cree 2019, 2020; Jenkings et al 2012; Rech 2020).

Set in this research context, applicants are invited to propose a programme of study towards furthering geographical research in critical military studies. Potential themes might include:

  • Everyday geographies of military violence/military power
  • Gender and the military
  • Feminist, participatory, and creative approaches to military research
  • Military families/communities
  • The military and the body
  • Military legacies and [post]military futures
  • Militarised affects
  • Militarised subjects
  • Everyday geographies of resistance
  • Militaries and contemporary film, television, comedy, or theatre

Project ideas that go beyond this list are very much welcome.

Number Of Awards

1

Start Date

September 2022 

Award Duration

3 years

Application Closing Date

11 February 2022

Sponsor

Newcastle University (NUAcT fellowship)

Supervisors

Dr Alice Cree

Eligibility Criteria

A demonstrable interest in social scientific inquiry and critical military studies is essential, evidenced through undergraduate and masters level qualifications in cognate disciplines, or equivalent experience. It is desirable that the successful applicant will have experience of conducting research at Master’s level, through completion of an ESRC research-training recognised qualification. However, an additional 6 months research training would be provided through the Faculty Research Training Programme for applicants without a research accredited MA qualification.

How To Apply

To apply, please contact Dr Alice Cree (alice.cree@newcastle.ac.uk) directly to express interest before 4th February 2022.

The deadline for full applications is 11th February 2022.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8214F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Human Geography (full time) - Geography’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code GPSNA6 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a CV, a research proposal of up to 750 words, a one-page personal statement and the details of two referees

Contact Details

alice.cree@newcastle.ac.uk

Gps.pgr@newcastle.ac.uk

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