WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentships

WRoCAH networks each have three doctoral researchers, one each at Leeds, Sheffield and York.  Each doctoral researcher works on a separate project under a common theme. WRoCAH White Rose Networks students have access to the full training programme offered by the College.

How to apply

Application for these studentships is a TWO PART process. For your application to be considered, you MUST complete both parts by the stated deadline

  • FIRST you must apply for a place of study at the institution where the studentship you are interested in is based
  • SECOND you must apply for the funding – this is a separate application form

Details of how to apply for each studentship will be provided in full documentation with each network description when this is available, and deadline may vary.

Read more about the current WRoCAH networks here

Electronic Soundscapes

NEW Closing Date: 5pm Friday 13 July 2018 for Sheffield studentship ONLY

In the interests of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.

We believe that scholarship in the Humanities relies excessively on visual and textual data. The field of Sound Studies has, we note, begun to correct this bias by investigating auditory experiences, notably the acoustics of buildings and the role of audio creative individuals and artefacts (Pinch and Bijsterveld, 2012). We argue however that this niche field has not fully investigated the broader socio-economic and cultural environment within which sound technologies developed and has failed to comprehensively address the implications of new soundscapes.

For example, loudspeakers, which were located in many public sites, had a transformative effect on representative and community politics; and the magnetic tape reshaped music and drama, enabling the manipulation of recorded sound.

The network’s primary focus will be on Britain and on its transnational relations because historians have not yet engaged systematically with the international roots of electronic cosmopolitanism. Unlike North Western Europe, which were centres of state-sponsored sound innovations, and unlike American firms, which became global leaders in commodifying amplified sound, the standard view of Britain is that the culture and science of sound evolved without the same level of direct government or commercial sponsorship. Most agree that the BBC monopolised broadcasting and was highly selective in how it promoted new sound technologies. The network will re-evaluate this contestable truism, examining the role of national and international networks and how they interacted with processes of state building, the emergence of social movements representing marginalised groups such as the disabled, and the creation of markets for electronic sound. As such the network engages with wider methodological shifts across the humanities, which seek to ‘decentre’ academic study, opening up enquiry via “multiple layers”, from the local to the global.

University Studentship project title Main Supervisor Co-supervisor
Leeds Enabling or Disabling? Deaf responses to new audio technologies in the early 20th century Graeme Gooday

Philosophy, Religion and the the History of Science, University of Leeds

Esme Cleall

Department of History, University of Sheffield

Sheffield Sound on the home front, 1914-1945 Beryl Pong

School of English, University of Sheffield

Emilie Morin

Department of English and Related Literature, University of York

York National and global networks in electronic music, 1945-1967 David Clayton

Department of History, University of York

James Mooney

School of Music, University of Leeds

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Floods: living with water in the past, present and future

Application Closing Date: 5pm GMT on 30 May 2018

(Interviews provisionally scheduled for 15 June, 9.30-12.30 with 5 members of the network present)

In the interests of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.

Flooding is a major global hazard causing severe environmental damage and destroying lives, communities and economies. Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of flooding through sea level rise and increased precipitation. Consequently, we are facing greater challenges living with floods: the threat of floods and the impact of floods are transforming landscapes and livelihoods.

Living with flooding can be reduced to a technical problem: finding engineering and physical environmental solutions for monitoring, predicting, and protecting people and landscapes. Yet such separation of the material from the cultural profoundly weakens our understandings of and resilience to climate change. Flooding has societal causes alongside its effects, such as the long-term intensive grazing of upland landscapes leading to rapid run-off of rainwater and downstream flood events. Floods have always shaped landscapes and, as such, have influenced how societies enculturate environments. Flooding is historically constituted and our responses to floods and the risks of flooding are shaping how we live in and make our landscapes.

What should we change if we are to be resilient in the face of the increasing scale and unpredictability of floods? How can we decide what to protect and what to give up to flooding? Put simply, how can we live with floods? This network will investigate the narratives that we have told, and can tell, when water inundates the land. It will develop novel approaches to researching floods at the intersection between floods as socio-environmental processes, as historical events, and as cultural representations. Through an innovative combination of humanities and social sciences methodologies, it will show how an analysis of flood stories can bring positive benefits for society and the environment.

The three projects are connected through their shared interest in the stories of floods and how these can be mobilised to understand and mitigate the future impacts of flooding on humanity. They differ in their historical and geographical settings, and in their methodologies.

Studentships available

University Studentship project title Main Supervisor Co-supervisor
Leeds Living well with water: complex stories, democratic decision-making Helen Graham

Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

Anna Jorgensen

Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield

Sheffield Water takes land: interactive deep maps of England’s lost villages Bob Johnston

Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield

Debbie Maxwell

Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

York Tracing coastal storm flooding in landscape and literature Katherine Selby

Department of Environment, University of York

David Higgins

School of English, University of Leeds

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information and the details of how to apply