Please find below details of a university-funded PhD studentship opportunity
at the Department of Geography of The Open University. It is associated
with the ESRC-funded *Biosecurity Borderlands* project that will be starting
in September at Exeter and the OU although we are not necessarily looking
for a really tight 'fit' as the advert hopefully makes clear. And just to
further clarify, this is an additional studentship to the one that Steve
Hinchliffe advertised on the forum a little while ago (which will be located
at Exeter) and because this is a university-funded studentship it does not
have the same nationality, residence, or training requirements as that one
did. I would be very grateful if you would forward this to anyone not on
the forum that you think might be interested.
*University-funded 3 year PhD studentship*
*Department of Geography, The Open University*
*Securing Life: Biosecurity, Biopolitics, Biopower*
Securing life has become a key problematic in contemporary societies.
Increasingly involving the differential valuing, promoting, and regulating
of various forms of life and living as much as the attempt to make matters
safe through the halting of movement, how to manage the vitality and
circulation of human and nonhuman bodies is now a constant challenge in all
kinds of spaces.
Following the award of an ESRC grant entitled *Biosecurity Borderlands*, a
linked but independent university-funded PhD studentship with no nationality
or residence restrictions is available to investigate such concerns for
three years starting in October 2009 (or as soon as possible after). Based
in the Open University's Department of Geography, the successful candidate
will be encouraged to:
· develop a project that investigates current concerns in one or
more of the following broad areas: the production, regulation or excess of
human and/or nonhuman 'life' and lives; the practice(s) of security; the
politics of living with other bodies (human or nonhuman); the sites of
life's negotiation (e.g. sciences, agriculture, medicine, food);
· explore how current theoretical understandings such as
(bio)security, (bio)geographies, (bio)politics, or (bio)power or similar
speak to or are challenged by these practices and their contemporary
· have a sense of how their study might – in a broad sense –
complement and extend the work of the team investigating biosecurity in the
UK at Exeter and the Open Universities.
For further particulars please email
Alternatively contact Dr Nick Bingham (
email@example.com) for informal discussion about the position.
The closing date for applications is Friday 17th July.
*Dr Nick Bingham*
*Faculty of Social Sciences*
*The Open University, UK*
The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt
charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).
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