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PhD Studentship - Cultural Responses to the Challenges Facing Small Scale Fisher Communities around the UK

University of Hull

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Hull
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 24th January 2024

Supervisors: Dr. Anna Fitzer, Dr. Magnus Johnson

Enquiries: watercultures@hull.ac.uk

Hours: 4 years Full time

Subject areas:

Physical & Environmental Sciences (Environmental Sciences, Geography); Languages, Literature & Culture (Cultural Studies, Literature), History & Philosophical Studies (History); Social Sciences & Social Care (Human & Social Geography)

Project description:

Close-knit settlements, traditionally dependent upon small scale fishing (SSF) enterprises, are facing cataclysmic socio-economic challenges including what has been termed the “marine clearances”, gentrification of quaint towns and diminishing catches. Traditional literature often portrays SSF in a gloomy but romantic light; the lone grizzled fisherman battling against the elements to secure a harvest using simple and environmentally benign equipment. Contemporary fishers are more likely to be battling against socio-economic forces that cast aspersions on their lifestyle and can force them out of their homes by the sea into less desirable properties. The exodus of fishers and related infrastructure is changing the nature of many seaside settlements and the character of the residents.

You will seek to identify trends and changes in writing over time from seaside “fishing” towns. Are new stories emerging or do we still romanticise about fishing history? The character of the towns of interest range from settlements almost completely stripped of their fishing activity/infrastructure to those that continue with fisheries and tourism existing, seemingly in harmony. How are harbours, fisheries and fishers portrayed by writers from, and focussing on, these towns? Does the fishing industry still dominate or is it fading away as new narrative takes hold?

This is a funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. An exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented and enthusiastic researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to advance thinking within the area of blue-green humanities.

To watch our recent webinar which includes an introduction to this research scholarship click here.

If you have any queries about this project, please address them to watercultures@hull.ac.uk, rather than contacting the supervisor directly. This is to support our inclusive recruitment practices. Our Water Cultures Professional Services Team will liaise with Supervisors and ensure you receive responses to your queries.

Funding:

This PhD scholarship is funded for 48 months, covering fees at the UK rate, a maintenance grant of £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate), and a research and training support grant.

Eligibility:

You should have a good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent) in Maritime Studies, English literature, History or Human Geography and an interest in the links between literature and place.

A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential.

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier 4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language competency. The IELTS requirement is 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

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