The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.
The School of Arts welcome applications and research proposals for PhD study in the following research areas.
Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page.
Dr Zalfa Feghali email@example.com
My research specialises on interdisciplinary North American border studies and gender studies. I am currently working on projects related to cross-border violence and vulnerability in the Americas, with a focus on contemporary representations of racial and gender-based violence.
I would be interested in supervising doctoral projects exploring modern and contemporary literatures and cultures of the Americas, including:
- Black, Chicanx, Indigenous, and Latinx writing and cultural work (poetry, podcasts, performance art, fiction, drama, film and visual culture)
- Intersectional feminism
- Theories of reading.
Dr Mary Ann Lund firstname.lastname@example.org
My primary research interests are in literature, religion and medicine of the early modern period. My interest in prose writing, religion and medicine began with my monograph on The Anatomy of Melancholy which analyses the author Robert Burton's claim that his work is designed to have curative effects on the reader afflicted with melancholy. I have since written a second book A User's Guide to Melancholy coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Burton's masterpiece. I also work on John Donne: My current research project is a scholarly edition of volume 13 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne. My work on Donne has led me to a wider interest in English cathedrals and their place in spirituality and religion.
I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students with research interests in Renaissance literature particularly the following areas:
- John Donne
- Prose writing
- London and the urban experience
- The history of the book and history of reading
- Medicine and illness narratives
History of Art and Film
Dr Gozde Naiboglu email@example.com
I am currently writing a set of essays on negative futurity and the politics of pessimism in contemporary European television and film. My second book, provisionally titled Negative futurability: Contemporary European screens and the politics of pessimism, will investigate the ways in which contemporary European cinema and television imagine political futures through affect, sensation and complex temporalities. My first monograph Post-unification Turkish German Cinema: Work, Globalisation and Politics beyond Representation (2018) explores fiction and non-fiction films that deal with labour migration from Turkey to Germany. Engaging with materialist philosophies of process, it offers analyses of films by Thomas Arslan, Christian Petzold, Aysun Bademsoy, Seyhan Derin, Harun Farocki, Yüksel Yavuz and Feo Aladag
I welcome enquiries from prospective students in areas including:
- European and world cinemas
- Contemporary screen cultures
- Film theory and philosophy
- Cinema and the questions of work migration and global politics
Dr Maite Usoz de la Fuente firstname.lastname@example.org
My area of research expertise lies in literature and visual culture in post-Franco Spain. My doctoral dissertation focused on the 1970s and 1980s Spanish urban youth movement known as la movida. I am currently working on a second monograph focused on cultural texts that engage with the global 2008 crisis and of its effects in Spain. I am particularly interested in representations of gender and space, as well as in the intersection between cultural, social and political discourses.
I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students in the following areas:
- Critical re-writings of Spain’s transition to democracy
- Literary and cultural responses to the 2008 global financial crisis and/or to the 15M or indignados movement
- Contemporary Spanish women writers
- Contemporary Spanish visual culture, particularly photography and graphic novels
- Literary and filmic representations of the Basque conflict
- Cultural representations of rural Spain (or ‘la España vacía’).
Dr Marina Spunta email@example.com
My research interests include 20th/21st century Italian literature, photography, cinema, place and landscape studies, environmental humanities, ecocriticism, critical plant studies, and narrative orality and vocality. My current research explores the intersections between contemporary Italian literature, photography and the investigation of place and landscape, with particular reference to the Po valley region and to the work of Luigi Ghirri, Gianni Celati and a group of artists and writers who collaborated with them since in the 1980s and were influenced by their work.
I am able to supervise research students in the following subject areas:
- 20th/21st century Italian literature
- Italian cinema, photography and visual culture
- Cultural and visual studies
- Place and landscape studies
- Ecocriticism and environmental humanities
- Representations of the Po Valley region
Dr Simona Storchi firstname.lastname@example.org
My research explores early 20th century Italian culture, particularly the intersection between literature and art, architecture and design. I have a long-standing interest in Italian culture under Fascism and on the history and legacy of the Fascist regime. My current research projects focus on the ‘Return to Order’ in art and literature after the First World War and on Italian interwar culture. I am Italian editor of the Open Access journal Modern Languages Open (Liverpool University Press).
I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of:
- Early 20th century Italian literature
- 20th century Italian art, architecture and design
- Modernism and the avant-gare
- Italian Fascism and its legacies
Dr Lesley Wylie email@example.com
I work on Latin American literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present. I am particularly interested in writing from Colombia, Cuba, and the Peruvian Amazon. My PhD (a revised version of which was published by Liverpool University Press in 2009) offered a postcolonial reading of the Latin American jungle novel. I was recently awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to complete a monograph The Poetics of Plants in Spanish American Literature (2020). I am currently editing a collection on the cultural history of plants in the American tropics. Another current interest is the work of the Anglo-Argentine author W. H. Hudson, particularly how his writing anricipates current ecological thinking.
I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students in any area of Latin American literature and culture from the late colonial period to the present. I have particular expertise in the following areas:
- The Latin American regional novel
- Colombian literature and film
- Amazonian literature and culture
- Alego Carpentier; W. H. Hudson; José Eustasio Rivera
- Nature writing, ecocriticism and plant studies
- Travel writing