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PhD Studentship with British Library: Caricatures from the Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune

PhD Studentship with British Library: Caricatures from the Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune

  • Date26 March 2020

The Department of History at Royal Holloway, in collaboration with the British Library, is delighted to offer a fully-funded PhD studentship (fees and maintenance) on the theme: Caricatures from the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, 1870-71.

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Pilotell, La commune arrêtée par l’ignorance et la réaction (1871)

The project will be co-supervised by Robert Priest (Royal Holloway), Teresa Vernon and Sophie Defrance (British Library). It is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme, which offers doctoral studentships as part of collaborations between a Higher Education Institution and an organisation in the museums, libraries, archives and heritage sector.

The successful student will develop a PhD project that draws on the British Library’s rich collection of over 5,000 caricatures and images produced during the Franco-Prussian war and the Paris Commune. Most of these images are French and produced in Paris but there are also significant numbers of German illustrations and caricatures. These prints and images provide an opportunity to explore a pivotal year in modern European history through a transnational lens, and pose new questions about the politics of visual culture. The forthcoming 150th anniversary of the Franco-Prussian war and the Paris Commune in 2020-21 offers us the chance to promote and foster scholarship based on this exceptional collection of primary material.

The successful student will be expected to begin on 1 October 2020. The studentship is fully funded for 3 years and 9 months full-time or part-time equivalent, with the potential to be extended by a further 3 months to provide additional professional development opportunities. Overall, a minimum of 3 and up to 6 months of the total funded period will be spent on professional development. The doctoral grant will cover fees and pay the student a stipend at UKRI London rates. The British Library will also provide a research allowance of up to £1,000 a year for agreed research-related costs.

In addition to being able to draw on the researcher development opportunities and postgraduate community in both the Department of History and the Doctoral School at Royal Holloway, the successful student will become part of a vibrant cohort of collaborative doctoral researchers at the British Library, and benefit from staff-level access to its collections, resources and training programmes. They will also benefit from the dedicated programme of professional development and networking events delivered by the Library in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated with the AHRC CDP scheme.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 4 May 2020. All applicants must have a good reading knowledge of French and meet the standard UKRI residency requirements for Training Grants.

For further details of the studentship, and how to apply, please see the full advertisement.

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