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PhD Studentship: Geographical Projections: Lantern Slides, Science And Popular Geography, 1860-1960

AHRC-Funded Collaborative PhD Studentship Geographical Projections: Lantern Slides, Science And Popular Geography, 1860-1960 University of Exeter Geography, Cornwall Campus (near Falmouth), University of Exeter and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London.

Following the award of an AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship, the University of Exeter, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a doctoral studentship for three years commencing on 1 October 2011.

Principal supervisor: Dr James Ryan; 2nd supervisor: Dr Simon Naylor.
RGS-IBG supervisor: Dr Catherine Souch.

This collaborative doctoral project focuses on the RGS-IBG's unique collection of lantern slides and aims to locate them within their wider cultural and historical settings of science, commerce and entertainment. Analysing lantern slides alongside associated records, correspondence and contemporary publications (focusing on RGS-IBG archives but also using parallel UK collections), the studentship will explore how lantern slides were employed to convey particular forms of geographical information; how they circulated within geographical worlds; and how different audiences responded to them. It will also consider how technology and location affected audiences' attitudes, perceptions and expectations.

The successful applicant will work closely with RGS-IBG staff involved in the management of the collection and planning of dissemination strategies, including displays, presentations, publications and on-line material. In this way the student will play an important part in developing ways to open up this unique visual archive to wider audiences, including RGS-IBG members; archive and library users; the scholarly community; and the public at large.

The successful applicant will benefit from working within a lively and expanding research environment within Geography (Cornwall Campus, near
Falmouth) at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter.

This project will be of interest to applicants with backgrounds in a range of disciplines and subject areas, including historical and cultural geography; history of technology; history and sociology of science; visual culture; and cultural history. Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve in 2011) a Master's degree and either a 1st Class or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

For eligible candidates the award covers Home/EU tuition fees for three years and provides a maintenance award of at least £13,590 per year for three years. The terms and conditions of the award will be those of the AHRC's postgraduate studentships. Applicants must therefore have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom, usually through residence. For further information, or informal discussion about the position, please contact: Dr James Ryan (email:; tel: +44 (0)1326 253761 or Dr Simon Naylor
(email:; tel: +44 (0)1326 371864).

For details on how to apply please see

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 12th June 2011.
Interviews will be conducted on the 27th June 2011.

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