Closing date for applications: 25 August 2009
Anticipated interview date: week beginning 14 September 2009 (tbc)
Anticipated start date: 1 October 2009
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Applications are sought for a fully funded PhD studentship (fees at UK/EU rates + stipend) to be held at the University of Leicester from October 2009 under the supervision of Dr Joanna Story, Dr Simon James and Professor Mark Jobling. The studentship is part of a new, multi-disciplinary project, called ‘Roots of the British’, and is funded by the College of Arts, Humanities and Law and by the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester.
About the project
The project aims to interrogate the diverse evidence for the migration and/or continuity of human populations in the British Isles in the distant past, particularly in the first millennium BC (‘Celts’ and their migrations) and in the first millennium AD (Anglo-Saxon and Viking migration and ‘Celtic’ dis/continuity).
This PhD studentship will be cross-disciplinary in character; it will draw on the ‘original’ narratives of migration in the first millennia BC/AD and the ways in which these have informed ‘modern’ identities (local, regional and national), popular histories and academic research agendas, and will examine the (mis)use of genetics in recent popular histories. A key source will be datasets collected for research into the genetics of ancestry.