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PhD studentships now available for September 2016 start!

8460 800 by 430The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a number of full-time PhD Studentships across a range of subject areas for a September 2016 start.

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £14,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years.  Home/EU fees will also be covered by the relevant Department for a maximum of three years.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences spans a diverse range of disciplines that include social sciences, history, philosophy, religion, education, law, English and modern languages, and has a long tradition of producing world-class research. The REF 2014 results confirm our ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research status in a range of subjects, and serve as official recognition of the expertise, dedication and passion of our academic community. We are now accepting applications for the following PhD studentships:


Department of Social Sciences

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘Lemurs as protectors of the forest: Lemur seed dispersal, forest regeneration and local livelihoods in the littoral forest fragments of Madagascar’ The supervisory team will be led by Dr Giuseppe Donati (Primatology/Biological Anthropology), with Professor Kate Hill  (Anthropology). This proposed PhD project will examine the assumed role of lemurs’ forest regeneration and the likely value of this to local human populations.

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Challenging Security Anew: Probing the Bases and Limits of Critical Security Studies. The supervisory team will be led by Dr Tina Managhan (International Relations) with Dr Doerthe Rosenow (International Relations). This proposed PhD project will explore the ontological and philosophical underpinnings of post-structuralist Critical Security Studies with the aim of furthering its critical ethos and politics.

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Exploring family, care work and fatherhood in the ‘age of migration’. The supervisory team will be led by Professor Tina Miller (Sociology) with Dr Maja Cederberg (Sociology). This proposed PhD project will investigate the role of fathering and examine the emotion work involved in transnational migration, focusing on fathers who are migrants coming to the UK. In particular it will explore how men who are fathers navigate expectations of paternal care and associated emotion work across their home and host country, and how parental obligations and responsibilities are understood, maintained and practiced over time and across borders.


Department of English and Modern Languages

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘Avant-Garde Writing, Technology and the Everyday’. The supervisory team will be led by Professor Alex Goody (Twentieth-Century Literature), with Dr Eric White (American Literature).  We are interested in proposals that examine the interactions between the avant-garde writers of modernism and its aftermath and the technological world of the twentieth century. The proposed research should aim to produce a new account of the relationship between the modernist ‘revolution of the word’ and the contingencies and externalities of living in a modern world radically reconfigured through technology (such as transport, inscription, information, communication, surveillance, prosthesis, augmentation and warfare).


Department of History, Philosophy and Religion

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘The Art of Pre-Raphaelite Criticism’. The supervisory team will be led by Professor Christiana Payne, (History of Art) with Dr Dinah Roe (19th Century Literature). The proposed project will examine the role of contemporary criticism in the development of the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic, with particular reference to the work of William Michael Rossetti and Frederic George Stephens.


Brookes lecturer speaks on Radio France Culture

Dr Sabine Chaouche, senior lecturer in French Studies at Oxford Brookes, was recently invited to speak on Radio France Culture as a world leading expert in early modern French Theatre and acting.

On the programme, Les Nouveaux Chemins de la Connaissance, she also spoke about her 2001 monograph ‘L’Art du comédien, Déclamation et jeu scénique en France à l’âge classique (1629-1680)’, which is now a reference text in academia and Theatre Studies. Listen to a podcast of the programme here.

Inspiring the next generation of linguists

The modern languages department hosted a ‘World of Work’ event on 25 January 2011 to show Oxfordshire schools’ year 9 pupils the benefits and joys of learning languages.

The aim of the day was to encourage students to take up languages at GCSE level and to promote the importance of communicating well with other cultures.

Dr Irène Hill, Head of Modern Languages, has run the event for the past three years and has arranged inspiring talks from employers such as the BBC, Thames Valley Police and Blackwells.

Schools attending were Bicester Community College, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Fitzharry’s School, Matthew Arnold School, Oxford School, Warriner School and Wheatley Park School.

Students listened to talks by Chris Liebert from Microsoft (who speaks four European languages), Joanna Rubery and Nicholas Rollin from Oxford University Press, and Gianina Zugravu from Prime Research UK, all highlighting how languages can boost a CV and provide exciting career opportunities. Students also took part in a language taster session of Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, run by Brookes’ language lecturers.

Microsoft’s Chris Liebert said:

What I took away yesterday was the sense of joy in interacting with a great group of kids who were really well behaved and seemed really interested. It was nice also to get a fair few questions, which does not always happen. So, I drove back feeling a lot richer from the experience!

A parent from Wheatley Park School commented that her son said it was the best school trip he has been on and a teacher from Matthew Arnold School said:

It was a wonderful day and the students really got so much out of it. I had one parent call me up today on the phone to say thanks and that her son has now decided what he wants to do as a career and has chosen to do French and Spanish GCSE next year as a result of yesterday.

Visit to Florida Atlantic University

Dr Christina Horvath received £1500 from the British Council to visit Florida Atlantic University from 8th-16th September 2010. During her visit to the USA, she worked jointly with Dr Frederic Conrod on a joint funding application for a pmi2 connect partnership grant which supports new partnerships between UK and US higher education institutions. They designed a one-year action plan, including a conference, staff and researcher exchange and joint publications. Dr Horvath delivered a talk presenting her research on representations of the French suburbs in contemporary literature, followed by a research presentation by Dr Conrod who works on “banlieue” in French film. The presentation of the planned collaboration was followed by a discussion panel with faculty from the schools of Arts and Letters and Urban and Regional planning. Dr Horvath also conducted a series of one-to-one and small group meetings with faculty members in Arts and Letters and Urbanism and Regional Planning and also met the chair of the College of Modern Languages, Dr Michael Horswell. This visit was followed by the visit of Dr Conrod who gave a talk at Oxford Brookes University on the 22nd September 2010. He also met members of the senior management including Dr Irene Hill, Head of Department of Modern Languages and Dr. Nathalie Aubert, Research Director.