PhD scholarship, EMMA, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France (2016-2019)

Applications are invited for this three-year Doctoral Award, slated to commence on 1 October 2016. The deadline for application is June 1, 2016.

Proposed research topic:

The ‘humble’ in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts”

EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3, France is pleased to announce a call for applications for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship (2016-2019). The successful candidate will help develop the collaborative project on “Ways of being other” within the programme “Inventing the other” ( ). As a member of EMMA, the PhD student will take part in the research activities of the centre and benefit from the PhD training it provides.

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to write a doctoral thesis on the topic of The ‘humble’ in 20th-to 21st-Century British Literature and Arts”

In British fiction, what is humble can be analysed in social and economic terms and be understood as a synonym of poverty, as has often been the case in the criticism of Victorian novels. The aim of the thesis will be to enlarge the definition of the term, taking into account other forms of humility, and to see in what ways the “humble” and/or humility, as ethical and/or political constructs, have transformed and renewed Modernist or contemporary British literature or arts. Drawing on poverty studies, precariousness studies and contemporary philosophy, the “humble” could be redefined in an innovative way as an aesthetic category.

The PhD studentship will be supervised by a member of EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France. The successful applicant must have a sufficiently good knowledge of French to benefit from his or her stay at Montpellier. He or she will be expected to reside in Montpellier. The PhD thesis may be written in French or in English.

Value of the studentship

1500€/month for 3 academic years (2016-2019)

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a summary of 3000 words maximum of their research project to and before June 1, 2016.

Two confidential references (in English or in French) from persons with a direct knowledge of the candidate should be sent to the same electronic address by the closing date. Candidates may be called for interview in Montpellier or via videoconference facilities in early July. Applications from candidates with a Master’s degree from University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3 will not be accepted.