Punjab Research Group

De Montfort University – PhD Studentships

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on May 22, 2009

Faculty of Humanities

Up to seven fully funded sponsored PhD studentships are available to candidates.  Each of the studentships is available for three years full-time study.

Building on DMU’s excellent RAE outcomes, bursaries will be awarded to exceptional students who will work alongside experienced research teams in the following areas:

Feminism and adaptations; Media discourse; Scholarly editing; British cinema – international connections; Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption; Movement and modernity; ElectroAcoustic resources and pedagogy

Further details on Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption

This PhD project will investigate the emergence of a strong ethnic minority retailing environment in the city of Leicester in the post-war period, focusing, through the generation of new oral histories, on the use of ethnic minority shops by different immigrant groups. ‘Ethno-consumption’ is a growing field within migration and ethnicity studies and this project will bring aim to develop new insights into the study of immigrant communities which traditionally focus on themes such as integration, work, housing and religion. Shops, especially, are a vital but neglected part of ethnic minority history. While ethnic minority entrepreneurship has been receiving more academic attention, the historical consumer behaviour of ethnic minority populations, and this interaction with community and identity, still needs more research.

Key themes would include:

  • Different kinds of shops and the different functions they performed
  • How these shops linked to community life and ethnic identity
  • How interviewees remember and narrate their experiences of using these shops
  • Other kinds of ‘ethno-consumption’ experiences

Groups to be researched would focus on the South Asian population as the largest and most significant group in Leicester in terms of retailing, but could also include other groups, especially the post-war Polish population and the Caribbean community.

Enquiries should in the first instance go to the Research Degrees Office, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Telephone: 0116 2506309. Web: www.dmu.ac.uk
Closing Date: 5 June 2009

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