Are you looking to pursue a studentship on a topic closely connected to the Society’s Collections? The deadline for proposals for projects starting autumn 2017 is fast-approaching.
The Society currently hosts seven PhD students conducting extensive research into the Society’s Collections. Topics include the armchair geographies of the 19th century; the Society’s instrument collections; the Everest expedition film archives; the history of the Society’s Geographical Journal and its predecessors; family history and community heritage in diaspora; the place of Greenland in geographical exploration; and the role of indigenous mapping in exploration. Completed projects have focused on hidden histories of exploration; imaginaries of British exploration in Antarctica; women’s involvement in 20th century Society expeditions; and the Society’s lantern slide collections.
The studentships offer the opportunity to become immersed in the rich Collections, exploring a range of different materials from the Society’s minute books and correspondence between key figures in the history of geography, to the maps and images which make up the heart of the Collections.
Applications are now open for proposals for projects starting in autumn 2017; the deadline is 25 November 2016. If you are an academic from a university with a potential project, or have an interest in discussing opportunities, please contact Dr Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education at the Society.
The studentships are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through their Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme. The Society is part of a consortium with the Science Museum Group Museums, BT Archives, and the Royal Society which has been awarded 18 AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships over three years.
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