GENDER AND THE POLITICS OF EMOTION AND/OR THE POLITICS OF EMBODIMENT – A PHD STUDENTSHIP AT THE SCHOOL OF HISTORY, ANTHROPOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, AND POLITICS
Applications are invited for a project addressing the theme of the politics of emotion AND/OR the politics of embodiment in the broad areas of gender, sexualities and feminism.
Recent research across a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences has witnessed a renewed focus on affect/emotion and embodiment, falling broadly under the “affective turn” and “new materialist” paradigms, while drawing on long-standing critical work on emotions and the body. As part of this, there has been a particular emphasis on affect/emotion and the body as they relate to gender and/or sexuality. Potential candidates are now invited to submit research proposals of approximately 1,000 words on the topic of “gender and the politics of emotion” AND/OR “gender and the politics of embodiment.” Proposals might address – but need not be limited to – questions such as:
- Emotion/embodiment at the intersection of gender, race, class, disability, and other identity categories/systems of oppression
- Emotion/embodiment and subjectivity
- Emotion/embodiment and political institutions
- Disciplined emotions and/or disciplined bodies (e.g. via the denial of reproductive rights or institutionalisation)
- Particular emotions (e.g. shame, guilt, anger, joy) and/or particular modes of embodiment
- Emotion/embodiment and activism/political subversion
- Emotion/embodiment and theories of affect/emotion/embodiment
- Emotion/embodiment and aesthetics
Proposals can address various policy contexts and empirical problems, but should involve a substantial feminist theoretical component. The methodology should be clearly articulated.
This project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Clara Fischer as part of an Illuminate project team at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com.
This project is associated with a 3 year studentship. It is subject to the eligibility criteria set out by the Department for the Economy (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships).
This includes payment of UK level doctoral fees, and a maintenance stipend – currently £17,668 per year.
Please note that as per DfE’s eligibility criteria, the following applies:
To be eligible for consideration for a Department for the Economy Studentship, a candidate must satisfy ALL the eligibility criteria based on nationality, residency and academic qualifications. The criteria are as set out below.
RESIDENCY AND NATIONALITY
The candidate must be ordinarily resident in the UK or Islands, including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, for the full three year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course, i.e. normally 1 October (or would have been so resident had the candidate, the spouse or either parent not been employed temporarily outside the UK or the EU).
For Non-EU nationals – the main purpose of residence in the UK must NOT have been to receive full time education during any part of that three-year period.
Candidates with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, where the main purpose for residence in the UK was to receive full time education, he/she must have been ordinarily resident in the area comprising the UK, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland immediately before that three- year period.
However, candidates with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may qualify for a “Fees only” Studentship if the candidate doesn’t have three full years’ residency in the UK and Islands but has been ordinarily resident in the area comprising the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland for three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course. The main purpose for residence in the area comprising the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland must not have been to receive full time education during any part of that three-year period.
Under the Common Travel Area arrangements, RoI nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands or the area comprising the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of the course may be eligible for fee and maintenance support or fee support respectively (they are not required to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme).
b. The candidate must be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of the course, normally 1 October.
c. The candidate must be:
- a UK national;
- an Irish national; or
- an EU national or relevant family member of an EU national with ‘protected rights’ under the EU Withdrawal Agreement with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
• The candidate may be eligible for support if they are the child of a Swiss national with protected rights under the Swiss citizens’ rights agreement with 3 years in the UK/Gibraltar/EEA/Switzerland though the parent and child should both have ‘protected rights’.
• Children of Turkish workers, where the Turkish worker and the child were living in the UK before the end of the transition period, remain eligible.
• For Non-EU nationals – The candidate must be “settled” in the UK by the closing date for the application. “Settled” means being both ordinarily resident in the UK and without any immigration restriction on the length of the stay in the UK. To be “settled” the candidate must either have the Right of Abode or Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK.
• Long Residence. Candidates who are aged 18 years old or above and, preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course have lived in the United Kingdom throughout either half their life; or a period of twenty years; are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland and have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; and, whose residence in the United Kingdom and Islands has not during any part of that period been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.
• Candidates with Refugee Status; Humanitarian Protection; Stateless Leave; Section 67 Leave; Discretionary Leave to Remain; Indefinite Leave to Remain as a victim of domestic violence or abuse; Indefinite Leave to Remain as a bereaved partner or; Calais Leave and those granted leave in line from the UK Government may be eligible to apply, however, they must ordinarily have been resident in the UK and Islands since the status was awarded.
d. UK nationals and their family members living in the EEA are eligible for fee and maintenance support for a 7-year transition period for PGA courses started before 1/1/2028. They would have to have been living in the EEA/Switzerland immediately before Implementation Period completion day on 31/12/20 (or have moved to the UK after 31/12/17 immediately before having lived in the territory comprising Gibraltar/EEA/Switzerland). They would need to have remained in the territory comprising the UK/Gibraltar/EEA/Switzerland throughout the period from 31/12/20 and ending immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course.
• Separate provision is made for UK nationals who have been resident in the area comprising the UK/Gibraltar/EEA/Switzerland for the 3 years before their course starts to remain eligible for fee support only. Unlike the previous scenario, there is no time restriction, and it may benefit people who go to live in the EEA after 31/12/20.
e. Note. To attract world class candidates, up to 15% of fee and maintenance awards will be made available for “Non-Home” candidates for specific PhD projects or Masters courses (where the above-mentioned nationality and residency criteria do not apply).
Research and education in the School are driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and as human beings.
The subjects we research in the School all contribute to the scholarly investigation of these challenges. The School is proud to be part of the driving force in Northern Ireland’s cultural, political and intellectual renaissance.
We pride ourselves on our global outlook within the School. This is reflected in our wide range of international partners and in the diverse nationalities represented across the staff and student bodies. The School hosts international visitors and speakers throughout each academic year and students benefit from the wide range of national and international topics being discussed and researched within the school.
About the Programme
The aim of the programme is to produce students who are fully-fledged independent researchers, and students are from the outset given encouragement to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences and by publishing in high-quality locations. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation.
The School has a strong international reputation for innovative research, across a wide range of specialist research strengths:
• Political parties, elections, and deliberative democracy
•Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, international political economy, gender studies, governance.
• Contemporary Irish Political History
•Security, Terrorism and International Relations.
•Political Theory: contemporary republicanism, ethics of work, recognition, toleration, freedom of expression, Critical Theory, emotions and politics, green political thought.
In each of these, important and pioneering work has been published by members of staff and major projects of research are ongoing. In addition, the School is committed to the supervision of high-quality research students in all areas.
NINE DTP – Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership. Please see: https://www.ninedtp.ac.uk/ for further details.
Northern Bridge DTP – Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.
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DfE Studentship – Department for the Economy Postgraduate Studentship scheme
Please see: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-postgraduate-studentship-scheme for further details.
Further PhD opportunities are available through the LINAS Doctoral Training Programme.
Please see https://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/mitchell-institute/Study/linas/Projects/ for more details
The Political Theory/Philosophy weekly research workshop for staff and students
The Political Studies and International Relations seminar for staff and students
Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).
We provide a challenging intellectual atmosphere for our postgraduates. You’ll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.
Our PhD student body reflects a growing and diverse global community giving you near unrivalled opportunities to make new friends, debate aspects of your research with a substantial peer group, and begin making those networks that will stand you in good stead throughout you careers.
You’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including contemporary Irish political history, governance and public policy, security, terrorism and international relations, and philosophy and political theory.
The postgraduate community within the School is lively, energetic and diverse and, contribute enormously to the research culture of the school. It includes many of our own graduates, as well as graduates of British and Irish universities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, and UCD, and international institutions such as Princeton, Georgetown and Minzu University Beijing.
We are proud of the students who have graduated with their doctorates. Where possible we stay in touch so that the link and relationships remain long after a student has left the School. View our alumni here.
Employability is at the heart of the Queen’s curriculum. Key to this is the delivery of a programme that fully equips all of its students to succeed in their careers and give them a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Social science graduates are in demand for their critical thinking skills as they are equipped to question received views and explore new approaches and solutions. Graduates of the School have found success in a wide range of careers including journalism, PR, marketing, policy research, social work, teaching, civil service and government posts.
- With Queen’s being part of the ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (“NINE DTP”) and the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium, there are opportunities for co-supervised doctoral work with staff across several universities across the north of England and Northern Ireland. Further international collaboration is facilitated via the wide range of institutions and partners across the world with whom members of staff and PhD students work.
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 170 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022)
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Ours is an excellent department in which to pursue a wide range of postgraduate research projects in close collaboration with academic supervisors, leading to the degree of PhD. Our postgraduate community comprises over 40 part time and full-time research students whose research is facilitated by a range of supportive research centres including:
• The Democracy Group
• Centre for Gender in Politics
• Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict
• Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action
• The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
- Ranked 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).
- HAPP has a flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
- Queen’s ranked 17 in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).
- 16% of the Queen’s student population are international students (Queen’s Planning Office, 2023)/
- HAPP has a flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
- Politics was ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2021).
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019).
- Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020).
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
Contemporary Irish Political History
Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, public opinion, gender studies, governance.
Security, Terrorism and International Relations
Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Applied Ethics, 19th Century European Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Political Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Religion.
Political Theory: contemporary republicanism, ethics of work, recognition, toleration, freedom of expression, Critical Theory, emotions and politics, green political thought.
For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 28 9097 5175 Development Officer: Aileen Carson will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.
People teaching you
Dr Clara Fischer
Vice-Chancellor Illuminate Fellow
Please visit here https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/subject-area/politics/people/ to see all of our staff profiles and listed research interests. Email: email@example.com
Course structureYou’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including;
• Political parties, elections, and deliberative democracy
• Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, international political economy, gender studies, governance.
• Contemporary Irish Political History •Security, Terrorism and International Relations.
• Political Theory: contemporary republicanism, ethics of work, recognition, toleration, freedom of expression, Critical Theory, emotions and politics, green political thought.
You’ll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
|Northern Ireland (NI) 1||£4,712|
|Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2||£4,712|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1||£4,712|
|EU Other 3||£18,900|
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.
Some research programmes incur an additional annual charge on top of the tuition fees, often referred to as a bench fee. Bench fees are charged when a programme (or a specific project) incurs extra costs such as those involved with specialist laboratory or field work. If you are required to pay bench fees they will be detailed on your offer letter. If you have any questions about Bench Fees these should be raised with your School at the application stage. Please note that, if you are being funded you will need to ensure your sponsor is aware of and has agreed to fund these additional costs before accepting your place.
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