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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship for Landscape, memory, and trauma: cinematic depictions of the Holocaust

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in the October or January of the 2020-21 academic year.

The studentship will be based in the Department of Geography. The successful applicant, will work on a collaborative project co-led by Professor Matthew Gandy (, Department of Geography and co-supervisor from the British Film Institute and Larysa Michalska, the Galicia Jewish Museum.

The studentship will involve exploring how cinematic depictions might function to sustain the memory of the Holocaust for those who did not live through it, forming mnemonic frameworks that resonate with public culture. It is thus an examination of the potential memorial role of cinema and possible post-cinematic media developments like virtual reality, the nature of contemporary memory and mediation, and practical pedagogical approaches to commemoration. The project seeks to examine these developments through a geographical lens, questioning how cinema mediates landscapes of Holocaust memory across Europe.

Further details of the project and its aims can be found on the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP website:


Full DTP studentships, for candidates who meet the AHRC residency requirements, will provide an annual maintenance grant to cover living costs (£15,009 pa at current rates) and will fully cover university tuition fees.

Fees-only studentships are available for applicants ordinarily resident in an EU country other than the UK, but applicants can also apply for maintenance grant funding from other sources. For more details, see:

Application process:

All applications will need to be made through the University Graduate Application Portal:

Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for 'Landscape, memory, and trauma: cinematic depictions of the Holocaust' and the supervisor leading the project (Professor Gandy). When applying for study through the Graduate Applicant Portal, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for funding and complete the AHRC section under "Funding". You will also need to complete the OOC DTP Application Form and upload it as an additional document when completing your application through the portal. Application fee of £65 applies.

Application deadline: 7 January 2020

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please visit

Informal enquires about the project should be directed to the University supervisor (

Please quote reference GA20769 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.