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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award - Imperial Thames: London, River and Empire, 1660–1830

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA studentship commencing autumn 2013 on

Imperial Thames: London, River and Empire, 1660–1830

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Supervised by Professor Markman Ellis, School of English and Drama, QMUL; Dr Margarette Lincoln, Deputy Director, National Maritime Museum; Professor Miles Ogborn, School of Geography, QMUL; and Dr Nigel Rigby, Head of Research, National Maritime Museum. The successful student will be located in either the School of Geography or the School of English and Drama, depending on their profile.


This three-year doctoral studentships will aim to use a variety of sources and methods to examine the literary and visual tropes associated with the social and commercial life of the Thames in London in the long eighteenth century. It will address two key questions: How did empire reshape the Thames? And how did changing representations of the Thames play a part in imagining and reimagining Britain’s imperial role? Working closely with the partner institution, the project could also lead to innovative forms of display and public engagement.

The award pays fees and an annual maintenance grant (£15,726 for 2013–14), with the National Maritime Museum contributing up to £1000 for approved research-related expenses. The usual AHRC eligibility rules apply to these studentships, including having an appropriate masters degree by October 2013 and AHRC’s residential requirements.

The closing date is 17th May 2013. Interviews will be held on 7th June 2013. Further details on the project and how to apply are available on the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, website. Informal inquiries should be made to Professor Miles Ogborn (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk) or Professor Markman Ellis (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk).

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