PhD Studentships in the White Rose College of Art and Humanities

Type: Scholarship

Name: PhD Studentship

Location: University of Leeds, UK

Application Deadline: February 01, 2017

Sponsoring Institution: The Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds


The Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds is part of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, which in a position to nominate up to 7 candidates for PhD studentships (entry 2017-18) in the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We are looking for strong candidates in any of a wide range of areas of the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine (details below). The Centre offers:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Postgraduate Research Open Day on Wednesday November 30th 2016.

Supervisors and topics/areas

History of science, technology and medicine

  • Dr Mike Finn
    History and philosophy of psychiatric classification, diagnosis or treatment
    History and philosophy of the neurosciences
    Materiality and medicine, especially the role of museums and objects in the teaching and research of bodily and mental health
  • Professor Graeme Gooday
    Any area of history of technology for the period 1850-1930, especially concerning telecommunications, gender, electric lighting, patenting and hearing loss
  • Professor Greg Radick
    Any aspect of biology, psychology and/or anthropology considered historically or philosophically
  • Dr Jamie Stark
    History of water and waste in nineteenth century Leeds (in collaboration with Leeds Industrial Museum)
    History of dengue fever in British India: tropical disease and imperial medical practices
    Prosthetics and joint replacement: the history of the Oxford Knee (in collaboration with Thackray Medical Museum)
    Pathological specimens in twentieth century medical education (drawing on collections of our own Museum of HSTM)
  • Dr Jon Topham
    Science, technology, and medicine in periodicals and newspapers, esp. 1750-1850
    Scientific and medical authorship, reading, and publishing, esp. 1750-1850
    Scientific and medical education and textbooks, esp. 1750-1850
    Science and religion, esp. in relation to public attitudes
  • Dr Adrian Wilson
    The risks of childbirth in historical perspective (the management of birth and/or development of the concept of risk)
    Gender and power in early modern England (for specific themes consult my book Ritual and Conflict)
    The impact of Morgagni’s De Sedibus among late-18th-century London medics
    The history and theory of advertising, including the application to advertising of Aristotle’s theory of rhetoric

Philosophy of science

  • Professor Steven French
    Philosophy of quantum mechanics
    Realism, especially structural realism
    Metaphysics of science
    Inter-relationships between philosophy of art and philosophy of science
  • Dr Juha Saatsi
    Scientific realism and anti-realism
    Nature of scientific explanation and understanding and explanatory reasoning in science (inference to the best explanation)
    Metaphysics of science (e.g. laws of nature; reduction and emergence)
    Philosophy of quantum mechanics (e.g. epistemological issues)

To apply, you should:

  • First, discuss your research proposal with a potential PhD supervisor
  • Then apply to the University of Leeds for PhD admission (your prospective supervisor will advise you on the procedure)
  • Apply for a WRoCAH studentship – deadline February 1st 2017

A note on procedures: WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York. Applicants may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are available here.

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Posted: November 30, 2016