Major Wellcome Trust Investigator Award
Joanna Bourke has been awarded a five-year Investigator Award by the Wellcome Trust to work on “Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry”. She will start in October 2018. There will be three post-docs and two PhD scholarships associated with the project, together with opportunities to engage with the public. We particularly welcome collaborations with medics, rape crisis centres, and other interested parties.
About the project
Medical professionals play central roles in examining, treating, and counselling victims of sexual violence. Their scrutiny of the complainant’s body is decisive in determining whether or not the police take the assault seriously and whether legal proceedings are instigated. Women, men, and children who are sexually abused depend on the medical and psychiatric professionals for physical and emotional care. Physicians play significant roles in determining whether an accused person is subsequently convicted, punished, or treated. The research focuses on the constituent parts of the UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand between the first decade of the nineteenth century and the present. However, we are particularly keen to involve people outside English-language regions. There will be four Research Streams: 1) Medicine and Law; 2) GPs, Police Surgeons and Forensic Medical Examiners; 3) From Psychopathia Sexualis to the DSM/ICD; 4) Psychiatric Aftermaths. There will also be a research theme on child sexual abuse, attached to one or more of the Research Streams.
We are pleased to announce the availability of up to two fully-funded three year doctoral studentships (starting in autumn 2018), to work on projects that fall within the scope of Professor Joanna Bourke’s five year Investigator Award, entitled ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’.
- Applications will be considered from candidates researching sexual violence in any geographical region of the world and any period from the 1750s to the present.
- The award will consist of a fee waiver up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees, plus a studentship stipend based on current Wellcome Trust rates.
- Successful applicants are likely to have, a first at undergraduate level and/or a distinction at MA, a clearly crafted project and an ability to work as part of a project team on conferences and a website, as well as on the individual research dissertation.
- If you wish to inquire further about this project or have a research proposal, please contact Professor Bourke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply:
- All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with the supervisor, Professor Bourke, in the first instance.
- Prospective students should send the completed Wellcome Studentship application form to email@example.com. At the same time, they must apply online for a full-time place on the MPhil/PhD programme in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. If you are a prospective student, your application cannot be considered if you have not applied for a place.
- Please consult the general guidance on how to apply for an MPhil/PhD place in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Fellowship
Louise Hide has been awarded a three-year Medical Humanities Research Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust for her project ‘Hiding in Plain Sight. Cultures of Harm in Residential Institutions for Long-Term adult care, Britain 1945-1980s’. The Fellowship begins on 1 May 2017.
About the project
During the 1970s and early ‘80s, a number of major investigations were conducted into abuse and neglect in long-stay psychiatric hospitals. These inquiries focused primarily on administrative and management failures, giving little attention to the underlying values and belief systems – staff attitudes to pain, suffering, institutionalisation and care – that contributed to abusive practices, or to the language and behaviours that perpetuated them. In this project, she will return to the extensive documentation generated by two of these inquiries, together with other sources, and ask new and different questions to gain deeper insights into the underlying factors that gave rise to institutional abuse. The project will seek to provide current inquiries, policy-makers, health workers and clinicians, and social scientists with valuable historical context around abuse, whilst introducing a new strand of inquiry into historical scholarship. Engagement with the wider public will be vital to the project.