Doctoral Funding – Doctoral Studentship in Feminist History (Sussex, UK)


The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, with the Centre for
Community Engagement at the University of Sussex, is pleased to invite
applications for a three year funded studentship in the history of the
Women’s Liberation Movement in the UK. The successful candidate will work
alongside a national research project, ‘The Women’s Liberation Oral History
Project’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Project description
The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project will create a unique and high
profile history of the British Women’s Liberation Movement, building on
findings from the Women’s Liberation Research Network.

The project will create an archive of oral history interviews and video
documentaries with feminists active in the 1970s and 80s, and will use
these as the basis for research in the history of the women’s movement. The
project is directed by Dr Margaretta Jolly, supported by Research Fellow Dr
Rachel Cohen, and is in partnership with The British Library and The
Women’s Library. The student who joins us will be expected to develop an
original thesis on feminism in Britain today, which will draw on the
findings of our historical project. The successful candidate will be
involved in the analysis of primary and secondary materials and will have
an opportunity to work alongside a post-doctoral researcher, to develop
skills in video documentary, digital editing, CD production and other
multi-media outputs. They will shadow and appropriately aid in day to day
project work so as to develop wider skills in public history, understanding
the relationship between academic and archival contexts. The student may
also conduct some oral history interviews and will have access to
materials, training and resources at The British Library.

Applicants working in any field of the study of feminist activism and/or
related social movements are encouraged to apply, particularly those
interested in contemporary feminisms, including digital networking, global
feminisms or citizenship theory. We would also be pleased to attract
candidates with interests or experiences in oral history and multimedia.
Supervision will primarily be by Dr. Margaretta Jolly, with secondary
supervision according to the candidate’s particular interest.
The University of Sussex is a leading international centre for life history
research, oral history, and life writing research and teaching. Centre for
Life History and Life Writing Research researchers also have specialisms in
gender theory and life history-based research in women’s movements.  See


PhD Studentship in Life History:

Value: The studentship will cover PhD fees at the UK/EU rate (£3,390 in
2010/11) and an annual stipend which is equivalent to that provided by the
AHRC (£13,290 in 2010/11).  International students may also apply for this
award but would need to source additional funding to cover the difference
between UK/EU and international fees. The successful candidate will be
expected to commence study in October 2010.

Eligibility: Applicants will be of an outstanding academic ability.
Applicants should be qualified to Masters level in either women’s studies,
history, sociology or cultural studies, or in a related area.
How to apply: To be eligible for an award, applicants should apply to the
University for a ‘DPhil Life History Research’ through the Sussex
admissions procedure. This application includes: a research proposal which
should also explain how their idea relates to the Women’s Liberation Oral
History project; a detailed CV; and, two academic references.

Applicants may be called for interview in June.

For informal information and details about the Centre for Life History and
Life Writing, please see
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Margaretta Jolly on

Application deadline: 21 May 2010

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