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AHRC-funded PhD Studentship in Early Modern Studies - Outsourcing State Censorship: The Stationers’ Company and the privatisation of press regulation in Restoration England

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Hybrid
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: 100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £17,668
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 18th December 2023
Closes: 28th February 2024
Reference: HCA014

Award Summary

Studentship 100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £17,668.

Overview

Interested in early modern books, print culture and politics? This project investigates how the early modern English state used the book trade guild known as the Stationers’ Company to censor publications. 

You will work with the Stationers’ Company’s extensive archive (in particular its business records) to explore how it recruited spies and censors and how it went about locating and shutting down forbidden printing. You will also consider the extent to which this involved state appropriation of the traditional regulatory function of the Company. 

Relevant training in bibliography, palaeography, and relevant digital techniques will be provided. You will work alongside staff at the Stationers’ Company, but also with members of the Special Collections digital team at Newcastle University to develop relevant skills and expertise. 

Read more about the project.

Number Of Awards: 1

Start Date: September 2024 

Award Duration: The funding covers a four-year PhD (three years + a year for writing up). 

Application Closing Date: 28 February 2024 

Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council 

Supervisors

Professor Rachel Hammersley, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University

Dr Joseph Hone, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University

Dr Alex Barber, Durham University

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, a 2:1 honours degree and a master’s degree (or international equivalent), in History, English Literature or a related discipline. 

Home and international students are welcome to apply. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). 

How To Apply

To apply for a studentship you must send an Expression of Interest to rachel.hammersley@ncl.ac.uk by 5pm on 28 February 2024. You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission (if this doesn’t happen please email the address without the attachment). 

Your Expression of Interest must include: 

  • A 500-word personal statement 
  • A 2-page CV 
  • 2 academic references 

Contact Details

For further details, please contact: 

Professor Rachel Hammersley 

School of History, Classics and Archaeology 

Email: rachel.hammersley@ncl.ac.uk 

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