Identity and the Media in the Anglophone World, 1700-1900

PhD Studentship in Digital History, Loughborough University


Qualification type: PhD     


Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,553 per annum
Hours: Full Time  
Placed on: 15th June 2017  
Closes: 19th July 2017  
Reference: CAL17-SPGSS-MB  
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Application details:
Start date: 1 October 2017

Primary supervisor: Dr Melodee Beals
Secondary supervisor: Dr Peter Yeandle

Intro (standard):
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, newspapers and magazines played an important role in the creation and shattering of identities within the English-speaking world. The development of these information networks was essential for the economic success of settlement communities as well as their ability to maintain or cast off cultural ties. Yet, these networks were fundamentally shaped by the practicalities of trans-oceanic communication and changing interpersonal connections between receiving and sending communities.

The successful candidate will work with specialists in 19th-century media history to develop a project that integrates physical and digitised periodical collections, alongside personal manuscripts, ephemera and other artefacts of cultural identity, to better understand transoceanic communication and culture, including perceptions of class, gender, race, religion, ethnicity or imperial identity or the practicalities of migration and trade. Proposals engaging with the digital humanities are particularly encouraged and full support and training in digital methods will be provided.

If appropriate to the project, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to the T-AP funded project Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing global information networks in historical newspaper repositories, 1840-1914, working with digital humanities scholars from Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Mexico and the United States to illustrate the global connectedness of nineteenth-century newspapers.

As part of your application you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal (approximately 2,000 words).

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Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in history or a related subject and a relevant Master’s degree. Experience or interest in the digital humanities is an advantage.

Funding information:
The studentship is for three years and provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Melodee Beals
Email address: 
Telephone number:  +44 (0) 1509 228 378

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Politics, History and International Relations’.

Please quote reference number: CAL17-SPGSS-MB