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Three fully funded doctoral studentships available

Posted on 22 March 2021

The Department has been awarded three funded doctoral studentships in collaboration with partners in the city. Applications are open now!

We are delighted to announce that we have three fully-funded PhD projects available. The Department is collaborating on three WRoCAH-funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards, and applications are now open.

Please direct all enquiries to the departmental leads on each project.




The Materiality of Health & Safety: The Origins and Symbolism of High-visibility Work Clothing

Departmental lead: Dr Colleen Morgan

Partner: National Railway Museum

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, safety clothing can become quickly entangled in complex social, cultural, and economic values and stereotypes well beyond its original function. Hi-vis clothing, first developed for Scottish railway workers in the 1960s, has become an essential health and safety technology for workers in many sectors. This project will examine its ubiquitous and highly visible presence in society, from its railway origins to how it has come to symbolise certain types and classes of workers, its use in various political campaigns and movements, or its impact on safety, gender, and danger cultures in the modern workplace.

Assessing the (Sub)cultural Heritage Significance of Grassroots Music Venues

Departmental lead: Professor John Schofield

Partner: York Music Venue Network

This project concerns the heritage significance of grassroots music venues. The project builds on previous research into cultural heritage and popular music, examining how popular music as a democratic practice is validated as heritage through its relationship with memory and history. This project will make an original contribution by: 1) focusing on live music venues and gig-going; while 2) assessing the vitality and importance of local music scenes in terms of heritage production, place attachment and identity.

Decolonising York: Telling Alternative Stories in a Heritage City

Departmental lead: Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones, with Dr Gerard McCann (History)

Partner: York Civic Trust

This project will explore alternative heritage in York, where the past is a real and present factor in urban planning and promotion of tourism. Contributing to the urgent work of decolonising heritage being tackled across disciplines, supervisors from the University of York and Civic Trust identify the need for a radical reappraisal of the city’s modern past - dealing with legacies of colonialism, ‘whiteness’ and inclusion - to highlight spaces and stories linked to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) heritage. The student will research these untold stories and contribute to their public dissemination in one of the UK’s key heritage cities.