PhD Studentship on the Diplomatic Family, plus new articles of interest

It’s been another beautiful week of late spring on its best behaviour here, as I huddle in my office cultivating what I affectionately call my “archives tan” (or, in this case, my slogging-through-some-edits tan). And it’s another week of announcements: a really exciting PhD studentship available for autumn 2013, and new articles of interest.

First, I was particularly excited to see this opportunity for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship for autumn 2013 through a partnership between the School of History at QMUL and the FCO historians. The project, entitled ‘The Diplomatic Family at Home and Abroad’, is to be supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy (School of History QMUL), Professor Amanda Vickery (School of History QMUL), and Professor Patrick Salmon (Chief Historian Foreign and Commonwealth Office). The announcement includes the following description:

The project aims to reconstruct the diverse experiences of the men, women and children who married or were born into the British Diplomatic Service after 1945. It will explore the distinctive dynamics of family life both in overseas postings and at home whilst asking more broadly about the contribution which family members have made to the representational work of diplomacy and to the fostering of strong diplomatic communities. The project will situate the lives of diplomatic families in wider debates about Britain’s global status and the changing structures and frameworks for international diplomacy as well as shifting attitudes towards gender roles family forms and intergenerational relationships.

For more details and how to apply see this announcement and the QMUL link. Pass it on to students who might be interested!

Readers might also be interested in the most recent issue of the Journal of Social History 46, 4 (Summer 2013), with articles including Elisabeth McMahon’s ‘Networked family: defining kinship in emancipated slave wills on Pemba Island‘, and others on themes related to children, colonialism, race, slavery, and a range of related issues.

– Laura Ishiguro

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