*PhD Scholarships available for 2018*
We are pleased to announce *three PhD scholarships* as part of a White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Network Award. For details and instructions on how to apply, please see individual scholarship advertisements below.
Brexit’s Aftermaths: Contesting Insecurities
PhD Three: Brexit and the Re-narration of Discord – supervised by Hannah Lewis and Simon Popple
The 2016 UK vote to leave the EU is the most seismic political event for a generation, bringing with it reconfigured political, social and economic futures. The vote unveiled widespread anxieties about the economy, the welfare state, social cohesion and immigration. It also, importantly, unleashed a series of ricocheting insecurities that are permeating intimate, domestic and public spaces for citizens and non-citizens alike. These insecurities are not wholly novel in origin: they are best understood as reformulations of intractable and longstanding racial, religious, ethnic and class divisions in UK society. Current uncertainities for citizens and non-citizens pose a profound, and perhaps unforeseen, threat to individual, familial, community and national confidence, ontological security and wellbeing. The challenge is to contest contemporary divisions in novel, creative and productive ways.
This network will generate new knowledge about the emerging frontiers, spaces and discourses of contestation in Brexit’s aftermaths. It takes seriously the ideathat the leave vote poses a serious challenge for established narratives of inclusion, like multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, solidarity and post-national identity. It also takes seriously the idea that individuals, communities and civil society groups face new challenges (but also have new opportunities) to negate the multiple effects of the Brexit’s after-effects in everyday life. At this juncture, social science research about the efforts to counter Brexit’s deleterious fall-out has an important role to play in national debate about the future of an inclusive UK outside Europe. Research also needs to be responsive to the multi-scalar effects of insecurities – from intimate family lives to public urban spaces and social media. Moreover, research must acknowledge that countering the ‘new’ politics of insecurity UK society necessitates strategies that exceed established binaries of solidarity/hostility, inclusion/exclusion, citizen/other, precarious/secure. These shared ideas underpin the PhD projects.
The network brings together an interdisciplinary team of supervisors (from Politics, Sociology, Criminology, Geography, Media and Communication, and Architecture) with a range of civil society and local government partner organisations whose work collectively promotes issues of community cohesion, wellbeing and dialogue, as well as fighting hate crime and xeno-racism.