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Geography in Dialogue: Print Culture at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), c. 1830–c. 2000

Posted on 13/02/2014


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Royal Holloway, University of London / Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) 

Geography in Dialogue:
Print Culture at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), c. 1830–c. 2000

Fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD studentship) to work on the publication history of The Geographical Journal—the journal of record for geography in the United Kingdom throughout much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This studentship is one of four PhD awards made by the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership managed jointly by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Royal Society. The project will be supervised by Dr Innes M. Keighren & Professor Klaus Dodds (RHUL), and Dr Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG). The studentship, which is funded for three years full-time equivalent, will be available from September 2014.

The Studentship

The project focuses on the authorship, editorship, publication, circulation, and reception of The Geographical Journal (under its various titles) between 1831 and 2000. Drawing upon the rich archival collections of the Society, the project will investigate the significance of the journal both to the Society and to the larger disciplinary audiences it reached and represented. More generally, the role of print culture in forging and informing disciplinary communities will be of interest.

There will be considerable scope for the successful candidate to develop the project in a variety of ways, but attention to the journal’s editing, production, circulation, and reading practices will be of central concern.

Relevant research questions might include: What genres of geographical writing were encouraged or discouraged by individual editors of the journal? When and how did peer-review emerge? How was this process managed? What were the economics of the journal’s publication? What was its print run and cost? How did these vary across time? How did the technologies of print facilitate (or frustrate) certain kinds of geographical publishing? Who were the journal’s readers? To where and to whom were copies of the journal sent and gifted? To what extent did the journal publish the work and communications of non-UK geographers? How did the journal engage audiences beyond the academy? How did it seek to inform the public about geographical issues and debates?

How to Apply

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in geography, history, literary studies or other relevant discipline, and will need to satisfy AHRC academic and residency eligibility criteria, including the requirement that candidates should normally have or be studying for a Masters or equivalent postgraduate qualification (full details provided in the AHRC’s Student Funding Guide 2013–14). Preference may be given to applicants with prior experience of archival research, although others are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae together with a cover letter outlining their qualifications for, and interest in, the studentship as a single Word document of no more than four pages in length. The names and contact details of two academic referees should also be supplied. Applications should be sent by email to the primary academic supervisor, Dr Innes M. Keighren (innes.keighrenrhul.ac.uk), by no later than 12 March 2014.

Interviews will be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London on 21 March 2014.

For further information concerning the project, please contact either Dr Innes M. Keighren (innes.keighrenrhul.ac.uk) or Dr Catherine Souch (c.souchrgs.org).


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