Opportunity for Ph.D. Students – Research Project, ‘People, Products, Pests and Pets’

Below is a job announcement from Dr. Alison Sealey:

Guy Cook (King’s College London) and I (University of Birmingham), are about to start a research project, ‘People, products, pests and pets, about the discursive representation of animals. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the project includes two studentships, and we have just learned that the student to whom the one at Birmingham was offered has now withdrawn. This means that there is an opportunity for a strong applicant to undertake a funded PhD here (fees and maintenance). Details and links are below, and if you know of any suitable potential students, please do encourage them to consider applying. I’m happy to take informal enquiries, of course.

Thanks and best wishes, Alison Sealey

Brief outline 

The PhD student will use corpus analytic techniques to investigate ways in which animals have been represented in English discourse in the previous two centuries. This research will entail the collection and analysis of a diachronic corpus of texts, working in liaison with the project team and under the supervision of Dr. Alison Sealey and Dr. Mel Evans. The precise focus of the research will be negotiated with the best applicant, but potential topics include: the language used in wildlife broadcasts from the earliest examples to 2000; changes over time in newspaper reports featuring stories about wild / domestic / farmed animals; archival texts from organisations represented in the main project, etc. Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Dr. Alison Sealey a.j.sealey@bham.ac.uk<mailto:a.j.sealey@bham.ac.uk>, project Co-Investigator.

More info about the job: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=46587&LID=134

More info about the project:  http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/edacs/departments/english/research/projects/people-products-pets.aspx

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