Value of award
Full tuition fees at the UK, EU or International rate plus an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (currently for 2019/20 this is £15,009) across 3 years.
Number of awards: 1
Start date and duration: September 2020. 3 Years
Application closing date: 21 February 2020 (Expression of Interest by 7 February 2020)
The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University invites applications for a doctoral studentship for research on the geographies of Palestine. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Mark Griffiths and will join a vibrant research community at Newcastle with internationally recognised expertise in political and cultural geographies.
Current research on the geographies of Palestine draws attention to the ways that Israel’s military and Civil Administration maintains control over Palestinians’ lives by various means (to give just a few examples): home demolition (Shalhoub-Kevorkian 2015); settlement expansion (Joronen 2019); land sequestration (Alkhalili 2017; Ryan 2017); bureaucratic violence (Berda 2017); control at checkpoints (Griffiths and Repo 2018; Kotef and Amir 2011; Rijke and Minca 2019); restricted mobilities (Tawil-Souri 2012) and settler violence (Griffiths 2017). This scholarly inquiry has advanced understandings of the practices Israeli state in the broader contexts of settler colonialism (Veracini 2010; Wolfe 2006), the ‘colonial present’ (Gregory 2004) and spaces of exception (Agamben 1995; 2005; Mbembé 2019).
At the same time, Israel’s practices are not visited on a passive Palestinian population. This is evidenced in a growing body of work around, for instance, the notion of sumud (steadfastness) as resistance (e.g. Meari 2014; Ryan 2015), the important cases of women’s activism (Abdo 2008; Richter-Devroe 2018; Shalhoub-Kevorkian 2009) and the persistence of hope in even in the most despairing conditions (Hammami 2016; Joronen and Griffiths 2019). Cumulatively, these literatures explore Palestinians’ political agency in settings where agential manoeuvre might appear most severely restricted (Hage 2009).
Set in this research context, applicants are invited to propose a programme of study towards furthering geographical knowledge of contemporary Palestine. Potential themes might be:
- Geographies of political violence and resistance
- Embodiments and occupation
- Gender and occupation
- Waiting and (im)mobilities
- Checkpoints: bodies, affect, discipline
- Planning and space
- Targeting of bodies: maiming, harming, killing
- Precarity, vulnerability, duress and endurance
- Reproduction and demographics
- Privatisation and security
- Colonial legacies in Palestine
- Palestinian future(s)
Newcastle University (NUAcT fellowship)
Name of supervisor(s)
A demonstrable interest in social scientific inquiry and Palestine is essential. It is desirable that the successful applicant will have experience of conducting research at Master’s level, though an additional 6 months research training would be provided through Faculty Research Training Programme for applicants without a research accredited MA qualification.
How to apply
To apply, please contact Dr Mark Griffiths directly to express interest before 7 February 2020.
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You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by 21 February 2020.
All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:
- click on programme of study
- insert 8214F in the programme code section and click search
- select Programme Name ‘PhD Human Geography (full time) – Geography’
- insert GPSNA1 in the studentship/partnership reference field
- attach a CV including details of 2 referees
- attach a 750-word research proposal
- attach a 1-page personal statement