Mediating militarism: ESRC collaborative PhD studentship

World War One British Library

Applications are invited to undertake a full-time three-year PhD project starting in October 2018.

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Funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, this is a unique collaboration between the University of Liverpool (Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) and the British Library (Contemporary British Collections).

2018 marks 100 years since the cessation of the First World War. Using this historical landmark as its framework, this PhD project will take advantage of print and digital materials captured and held by the British Library to chronicle the changing public portrayal of the British war dead (‘military victimhood’), from the print to the digital age.

The project’s supervisory team consists of Dr Ross McGarry and Dr Andrew Kirton (University of Liverpool) and Jason Webber (Web Archiving Engagement Manager at the British Library).

The successful candidate will work with the supervisors to develop a project that will 

  • interrogate representations of British military commemorative practices as mediated forms of militarism
  • develop and advance methods and methodological approaches for working with mixed (i.e. print and digital) resources for the purposes of interdisciplinary research 
  • assist the British Library in understanding how our resources can be better engaged with as sociological ‘data’.

The student will be given staff-level access to the British Library, our collections, resources and expertise. As well as working with the Web Archive team, there will be opportunities for wider interactions with curatorial experts in the Library’s News Media and Digital Scholarship teams. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will spend around three months on site at the BL during each year of the studentship.

In addition to the standard ESRC PhD stipend, the student will receive a research allowance from the BL of up to £1,000 per year to cover travel costs and other expenses incurred in connection with the PhD research.

View further project details and application guidelines

The deadline for applications is 16th February 2018.


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