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Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Studentship



Important description
Professor of Psychological Medicine at Glasgow University (1948-1973) and consultant psychiatrist at Glasgow hospitals, Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907-1978) straddled a time of massive change when older ‘asylum-based’ psychiatry was challenged by emergent general hospital- and community-based psychiatry. The PhD will explore Rodger’s contribution along three axes: (i) to situate him within a genealogy of humanities-informed Scottish, British and ‘Western’ psychiatry, including as a progenitor of R.D. Laing (given his first job by Rodger); (ii) to reconstruct his hybrid psychiatric approach, which was neuroscientific and hospital-facing on the one hand, but ‘social’ and community-facing on the other; and (iii) to disclose the intimacies of his practice, wherein the fine-grain of an individual’s life, problems and ‘delusions’ became centralised (almost to the point of being psychoanalytic).
Rodger’s archive has recently been acquired by Glasgow University Archives and fully catalogued using Wellcome Trust funding. The archive contains: lecture notes (for students and non-academic audiences); professional reports (e.g. to WHO expert committees); war-time records (reflecting Rodger’s involvement in military psychiatry); case notes (with trails of correspondence); and 6 so-called ‘dream books’ (detailing individual cases and, unconventionally, sometimes narrated in the first person in an apparent deployment of novelistic technique). The project will systematically/critically read these materials, addressing the above-specified axes, to produce: a high-quality PhD thesis, spin-off publications and a WordPress site/mini-exhibition for GU Archives
The chosen scholar will have an undergraduate/masters background in literary studies, history and/or human geography, and must display a clear aptitude for multi-disciplinary research. S/he will be identified as the Medical Humanities Research Centre’s Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD student, in collaboration with Geographical and Earth Science.
The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Gavin Miller (Critical Studies) and Prof. Chris Philo (Geographical and Earth Sciences), and in consultation with Mrs Moira Rankin (Senior Archivist, Glasgow University Archives). The Studentship will begin no earlier than 1 September 2013 and no later than 31 March 2014.


Eligibility and other criteria
This research project has funding attached. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.


Application deadline
*19 April 2013


Additional information, and important URL
Each scholarship covers student stipend for 48 months at the Research Council recommended rate which is £13,726 for 2013/14. The College of Arts will waive the scholar’s tuition fee in full. Your award will include £5,300 per annum for conferences attendance


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