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Fully-funded ESRC PhD bursaries at the University of Portsmouth

ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership Start date: 1 October 2017 Duration: 1+3 years, or +3 years Project title: South Coast DTP ESRC: Area Studies The University of Portsmouth, part of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) with the Universities of Southampton and Brighton, welcomes applications for PhDs in Area Studies with the possibility of a fully-funded ESRC studentship. The Area Studies pathway, which the Centre for European and International Studies Research coordinates, welcomes applications with a social science orientation to undertake PhD research on any aspect of Francophone Africa or France’s relations with Africa. Funding details Full UK/EU tuition fees Bursary matching UK Research Council National Minimum grant Eligibility criteria  Residency: UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply  Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background, holding a 1st or an upper 2nd class degree (or overseas equivalent). Applications from those also holding a Master’s degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Master’s degree or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. There is no requirement to have already undertaken a Masters as 1+3 students will complete the DTP’s MSc in Social Science Research Methods. Please note that all applications are considered on their […]

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Some Reflections on the Journey from African Studies to Africana Studies

The introduction and development of research on Africa and African Americans in United States academia is an on-going process. African studies, Africana studies and Black studies are each the result of scholarship and society evolutions. But each of these denominations also impacts on the institutionalisation of research, its shaping and the future of its enhancement. A review of their history shows the crucial issue of denomination in area studies. Alden Young is an Assistant Professor of African Studies and Director of the Program in Africana Studies at Drexel University, in the US. He graduated from Princeton University, where he wrote a PhD addressing decolonization, economic development and the process of state formation in post-WWII Africa, and more specifically in Sudan. Following this research, he is now developing a research project on elites’ role in managing economic development.   African Studies Beyond the Area Studies Paradigm In recent years scholarship on Africa has flourished within the American academy, even as African Studies as a discipline has struggled to find a model that would provide it with a stable institutional home. In this essay, I will discuss a variety of institutional approaches to African studies within the US academy; my overview will be biased towards the East Coast institutions with which I […]

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