Announcing a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship: Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction.

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC) and the School of English at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce a fully-funded three-year full-time PhD studentship on the topic of Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction. The project will be supervised by Robert McKay (principal supervisor) and Stefan Skrimshire (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds).

This studentship will explore contemporary literary and other cultural portrayals of species extinction (including the extinction of the human animal). It will interpret them in the context of critical-theoretical approaches to loss—for example beliefs about death and the afterlife; life, vitalism and biopolitics; or memory, mourning and melancholia—to better understand how we value human and nonhuman existence.

It is funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), and will be part of a network of three studentships (at Sheffield, York and Leeds) on the topic of Imagining and Representing Species Extinction.

In addition to participating in this network and the wider School of English and WRoCAH research communities, the successful applicant will join a vibrant culture of animal studies at Sheffield that includes fifteen graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with at least seven students commencing doctoral study in 2017-18.

Please visit the WRoCAH website for more information, including application details on all three studentships.