PhD Studentship for Classical Heroism in WWI

Posted on 23 May 2013

Interdisciplinary PhD studentship in Arts and Humanities offered for the White Rose Network “Classical Heroism in War and Peace 1914-24”, in new partnership between York and Leeds.

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, a new White Rose partnership offers a PhD Studentship for interdisciplinary research on the cultural legacies of classical heroism in communities across regional Europe during the war and its commemorations. The Studentship offers a fee waiver (home/EU rate), a full Research Council equivalent stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14) and an additional Research Support Grant (£900). The specific research topic will be determined by the applicant’s own expertise and interests. With co-supervision from Classics at Leeds, the PhD will be based in one of four subject areas at York.

  • English and Related Literature: Heroism and anti-heroism in early 20th century poetry. Classical archetypes and myths in reflections of the trauma of WWI, viewed against the politics of European literary history.
  • History: Classical influences on European discourses of heroism in the war effort and peace movement and their legacies in subsequent, including contemporary, commemorative culture.
  • History of Art: Classicism and aesthetic vocabularies of heroism in public commemorative sculpture and art from the period of WWI.
  • Philosophy: Responses in European philosophies of WWI, particularly in ethics and aesthetics, to ancient concepts of heroic action.

The closing date for applications is 24th June 2013.  Informal enquiries welcome:

For full details of the project and award: