PhD Funding – Feminism, Sexual Politics, and Visual Culture

3 fully-funded PhD studentships are available as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Research at Loughborough University. 

Our Adventure mini-CDT PhD scholarships in feminist thinking, sexual politics and visual culture respond to this generation’s political-cultural challenge and celebrate adventure, risk, urgency and promise. Global complexities in academic, political, and artistic relationships between feminist praxis and culture are radically changing. Our scholarships support this movement and are based on feminist pedagogic principles, aiming to extend proven expertise into the new cultural sexual politics.

The supervisory group is committed to applying feminist thinking to theoretical and practice led research. We welcome proposals informed by (and informing) recent developments in the practices and theoretical frameworks of feminism, sexual politics, and visual culture. Applicants may have experience in- or out-side the academy, not only in the creative, performing and literary arts, politics and social science, but also in fields with strong investment in sexual politics and visual culture, such as medicine, robotics, or engineering.

See more at the website, including the potential supervisor pool which includes Gendered Lives members, Marsha Meskimmon, Hilary Robinson, Marion Arnold, Moya Lloyd, Ruth Kina,  Line Nyhagen, Rachael Grew, Sarah Parker, Jennifer Cooke.

Activist movements like #metoo and #notsurprised have made public widespread sexual- and power-abuse across arts practices and institutions, shattering the image of these spaces as liberating, experimental, and interrogative of the status quo. How can we, as feminist theorists and practitioners, respond to this exposure and new cultural risks? How can the collective joy of activism work strategically to prevent backlash? How can new historiographies of these spaces, and creation of new spaces, aid our understanding of and resistance against systemic exploitation? What are the critical and practical implications for the places of arts education, production, exhibition, or performance?

(Re)definitions of gendered, sexual and transnational identities frequently respond to – or are challenged by – hyper-masculinity and ultra-nationalism. The current climate makes urgent the need for new, historically-informed theories of alternative masculinities and queer, trans*, and transnational identities. How might exploration of non-normative culture, history and community through arts practices and theories help protect and develop dissenting, precarious, or marginal identities? Do attempts to promote these identities (for example, in presentation spaces and criticism) run the risk either of neutralising radical identity positions through assimilation, or of erasing the most marginal in the search for solidarity?

How does feminist thinking in arts theory and practice intersect with critical race thinking? How are raced subjectivities, identities and bodies negotiated through the arts, their environment, and the academy, and how can they be historicised, within an intersectional feminist framework? How can feminism as a political project be legible in differing cultural contexts? We welcome case studies that move beyond multi-national perspectives on contemporary creative/professional practices and feminist theory, including into new ways of writing feminist theory and testing it through practice.


Deadline for applications: 18th May 2018.