The application deadline for this award has now passed. This AHRC-funded PhD studentship will be awarded for academic year session 2017/18 and run over three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
The ‘long nineteenth century’ witnessed the development of a mass politics replete with material culture. This was especially evident around questions of parliamentary reform. Flags and banners, rosettes, commemorative medals, statues and monuments all made for a rich political life that was prominent in civic spaces and shaped individual and collective experiences.
In exploring the relationship of objects to mass politics the student will be encouraged to develop his/her research with reference to a number of questions:
By conducting intensive research into the collections at National Museums Scotland and collections elsewhere in Britain, the student will make original contributions to understanding the development of ‘modern’ politics in Scotland and to how historians, museums and educators can best interpret the material artefacts of past political cultures.
In the first instance, candidates should apply for this award solely using this form and the documents listed above, and should not use the relevant University online PhD application procedure at this stage. Completed applications should be sent to GradSchool.HCA@ed.ac.uk.
A short-listing meeting will be convened and short-listed candidates will be interviewed in Edinburgh or via video conference on 12 May 2017. The successful candidate then be required to submit an application for postgraduate study to the University of Edinburgh.
The application deadline is 26 April 2017.