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[ecrea] PhD Scholarship on "Literary and Social Representations of Intimate Violence in Contemporary Scotland"

Wed Jan 10 21:58:38 GMT 2018

The School of English and the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews are pleased to announce this fully-funded PhD on "Literary and Social Representations of Intimate Violence in Contemporary Scotland". Interested candidates with a strong track-record in English and Psychology are invited to apply.

This interdisciplinary doctoral research project will examine the relationship between beliefs of men and women living in Scotland about men’s intimate violence towards women, and the cultural representations of such violence in contemporary Scottish literature.

The literary aspect of the project will look at contemporary Scottish fiction and drama, written by men and women, and examine the ways in which these texts depict men’s violence against women. This could include novels and short stories by authors such as Iain Banks, Janice Galloway, James Kelman, AL Kennedy, Duncan Mclean and Irvine Welsh, and drama by Gregory Burke, David Greig, Zinnie Harris, David Harrower, Gary McNair, Rona Munro, and Steph Smith. (This list is not exhaustive and we fully expect it to change as the project develops.) The student will critically examine these texts in order to identify lines of power in domestic violence, and how it is represented in culture.

The student will also gather narratives through semi-structured interviews with participants (any gender, living in Scotland) who have experienced conflict in intimate relationships. The interviews will cover the experiences of aggression and, crucially, how aggression is construed with regard to control motivation. Interviews will be transcribed and subject to Thematic Analysis following procedures used elsewhere in the psychological literature on aggression, as well as being coded for aggression type using established criteria. The interviews will also be compared with the literary texts.

The project will be supervised by Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri, a Lecturer in the School of English who specialises in cultural representation and collective memory of war and conflict; and Dr Kate Cross, a Lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience who specialises in sex/gender differences in risky and aggressive behaviour.

“Please read and follow the application procedures for the School of Psychology (*MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be* <>). In addition to the standard documents for a Psychology PhD, applicants must also submit a sample of written work, between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length. This can be a critical essay, an extract from a previous piece of work, or part of your dissertation.”

Informal enquiries to either supervisor are strongly encouraged. Please contact Dr Kate Cross ((cpc2 /at/ <javascript:void(0)>) and/or Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri ((ar220 /at/ <javascript:void(0)>)

The successful candidate will begin study in September 2018.

Funding Notes

The St. Leonard’s Scholarship covers home/EU fees (competitive scholarships are available from other sources to waive international fees) plus maintenance based on the RCUK recommended level (currently £14,553 pa).

1) Upper second-class degree in Psychology (or a related discipline) and demonstrable interest in English OR upper second-class degree in English (or a related discipline) and demonstrable interest in Psychology. 2) Evidence of academic interest in the study of intimate and/or gendered violence

1) Upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in Psychology AND upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in English.
2) Master’s degree in either Psychology OR English

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