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PhD Studentship (EXPIRED)

Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Social sciences and medical humanities
AOS categories Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Science
Biomedical Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Durham, England, United Kingdom
Start date January 2013
Job description

A fully funded three-year doctoral studentship commencing in January 2013 (providing a £13590 tax-free stipend p.a. plus payment of full-time tuition fees at home/EU rate), is available to work with Dr Felicity Callard (Department of Geography/Centre for Medical Humanities) and members of the Hearing the Voice project team.

Proposals are invited for a doctoral studentship which combines the social sciences and medical humanities. The studentship is associated with a three-year research project entitled "Hearing the Voice", which is supported by a Strategic Award in the Medical Humanities from the Wellcome Trust [http://hearingthevoice.org/]. The project will investigate the phenomenon of voice-hearing (hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker). Usually interpreted as a sign of severe mental illness, voice-hearing figures in the experience of a wide range of people, including many who do not seek psychiatric help. The project aims to achieve the fullest possible account of this experience by examining it from a range of perspectives including philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry and the medical humanities. The project involves researchers from all three faculties of Durham University, along with clinicians, academics and experts-by-experience from national and international partner institutions.

Applicants are invited to submit interdisciplinary proposals addressing voice-hearing that fall within or across the following domains: cultural and/or health geography; critical and cultural studies; medical humanities; qualitative health research; critical neuroscience; literary studies; and philosophy.

The successful candidate will also join the interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project team, attending fortnightly meetings and participating in academic workshops, conferences and other project events. In addition, s/he will be a member of the inter-disciplinary and cross-faculty Centre for Medical Humanities [http://www.dur.ac.uk/cahhm/]. The research training and PhD registration will be through the Department of Geography, one of the leading centres of geographical scholarship in the world and ranked joint first nationally in the 2008 Research Assessment. Our aim is to create and sustain a world class research and teaching environment with top class laboratories and IT facilities in a supportive and collegial atmosphere [http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/].

Applications

Applications are welcome from candidates with a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and preferably a postgraduate MA/MSc that relates to the proposed topic. Please note that only EU and UK citizens are eligible. We welcome applications from people who are experts-by-experience.

How to apply

To apply for this studentship you must submit all the following documents to the email address below by the due date:

  • CV
  • Letter outlining any relevant experience and your interests in this topic
  • Details of the proposed topic of research proposal - up to 2500 words, excluding footnotes and references.
  • Two references from academic referees
  • Certificates of qualification
  • Academic transcripts

Fully-completed applications must be submitted to geog.pgadmissions[at]durham.ac.uk by 1pm on Wednesday 21 November 2012 at the latest.

The selection process will take place during the week following the application deadline and we expect to be able to notify candidates shortlisted for interview by Friday 30 November 2012. Interviews will be held on Friday 7 December 2012.

Informal enquiries are welcome - for further details please contact the email address below. For further information please see: http://tinyurl.com/csq6q92

How to apply
Application type Unknown (see text above)
Application deadline November 21, 2012
Contact
Web address for more information http://hearingthevoice.org/
Contact name Dr Felicity Callard
Contact email
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Time created November 6, 2012, 8:58pm EST
Scheduled expiry date November 21, 2012, 11:59pm BST
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Last updated November 11, 2012, 9:05pm EST
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