The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/) is pleased to announce that it will be offering up to 56 PhD studentships in the Arts and Humanities for entry in September 2017. The universities (http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/partners/university-partners/) within the DTP have a particular research strength in the study of the culture, history, literature and archaeology of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, including the later Roman empire and its successor states, early Islam, and contacts between these territories and the wider world. We are therefore keen to encourage excellent applicants whose research interests fall within, or range across, a variety of academic disciplines, including Classics and Ancient History, Archaeology, Theology and Religion, Medieval History, Arab and Islamic Studies, and Celtic Studies.
Eligible students (http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/studentship/) from the UK/EU will be required to identify two potential supervisors from different universities within the consortium. A list of academics and their research interests is provided at the end of this email and applicants are encouraged to approach possible supervisors a.s.a.p. to find out whether they would be willing/able to take on the project, as well as for advice on shaping and refining PhD proposals. The DTP will also be holding an Information Day at the National Museum of Wales on Monday 28th November (although attendance is not compulsory for applicants). Those wishing to attend should register (http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/apply-for-a-studentship/) by Sunday 13th November 2016. Applications for studentships will open on Tuesday 29th November and close on Thursday 12th January 2017.
Dr Nic Baker-Brian http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/72997-baker-brian-nic (Cardiff) Religion and society in Late Antiquity; Greek and Latin Patristic Literature; Gnostic and Manichaean Literature
Dr Fanny Bessard http://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/en/persons/fanny-bessard%285f73b78d-a3b0-4b3a-8321-54702e9c4027%29.html (Bristol) early Islam, especially economic history; the Caucasus in Late Antiquity
Professor Siam Bhayro http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/staff/bhayro/ (Exeter) Early Jewish studies; Syriac language and literature; medical history; Jewish and Christian magic
Professor Barbara Borg http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/classics/staff/borg/ (Exeter) Greek and Roman art and iconography; Topography of Rome; Roman tombs and burial customs; art and text; Roman Egypt; relationship between Christians and non-Christians in Late Antiquity
Dr Filippo Carlà-Uhink http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/classics/staff/carla/ (Exeter) Social and economic history of ancient Rome; numismatics; cultural history of the ancient World; Late Antiquity
Dr John P. Cooper http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/cooper/ (Exeter) Islamic archaeology; maritime archaeology; Islamic material culture and history of the medieval Arab world
Dr Ken Dark (K.R.Dark@reading.ac.uk) (Reading) Late Antiquity; the Byzantine world; early Christianity; Celtic Studies; social and economic organization and dynamics; archaeology; history
Professor Max Deeg http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/73012-deeg-max (Cardiff) Buddhist history; religious interactions in Asia in Late Antiquity
Dr Richard Flower http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/classics/staff/flower/ (Exeter) Roman and late Roman history; religious identity; late-antique and Christian ‘patristic’ literature, especially panegyric, invective and heresiology; authority in its many forms
Dr Alison Gascoigne http://www.southampton.ac.uk/archaeology/about/staff/alg1w07.page? (Southampton) Islamic archaeology; ceramics; cultural change; urban archaeology; household archaeology
Dr Christa Gray https://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/about/staff/class-DrChristaGray.aspx (Reading) Jerome of Stridon; Latin hagiography; Latin linguistics
Dr Peter Guest http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/73024-guest-peter (Cardiff) Archaeology of Roman Britain and the Roman army; numismatics; the later Roman world; funerary archaeology
Professor Timothy Insoll http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/insoll/ (Exeter) Later African archaeology (Iron Age) and Global Islamic archaeology; ceramic and bead studies
Dr Kristó-Nagy http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/kristo-nagy/ (Exeter) Late Antiquity and early Islam; ‘Abbasid culture; social and intellectual history; art history; literature; political thought (mirrors for princes and advice literature); comparative studies between the early and classical Islam and other civilisations; Zandaqa (Manicheism and other forms of dualist thought)
Dr Dan Levene http://www.southampton.ac.uk/history/about/staff/dl3.page? (Southampton) Jewish Aramaic and Hebrew dialects in antiquity; Jewish magic; late antique Jewish and Christian Mesopotamia; Ethiopian popular beliefs
Professor Emma Loosley http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/staff/loosley/ (Exeter) Oriental Christianity; Middle Eastern Christianity; inter-religious and cultural exchange; Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus in Late Antiquity; material culture of Late Antiquity and Early Islam; special interest in Syrian Christianity
Professor Josef Lössl http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/73043-lossl-josef (Cardiff) Early Christianity; Greek and Latin Patristics; History of biblical and philosophical exegesis and commentaries; intellectual history; Augustine of Hippo; Jerome of Stridon
Professor Morwenna Ludlow http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/staff/ludlow/ (Exeter) Patristic theology, especially Gregory of Nyssa and the 'Cappdocians'; rhetoric in late antique Christianity
Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/about/staff/a-s-papaconstantinou.aspx (Reading) Late Antiquity; early Islam; Byzantium; economy and society; ethnic identity; ancient multilingualism; Egypt; papyrology; Greek epigraphy
Professor Karla Pollmann http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/about/class-staff.aspx (Reading) Classical literature and culture; late antique, early Christian, and partistic literature, especially early Christian poetry, Augustine; reception of classical and early Christian thought in later periods; intermediality; ancient exegesis and hermeneutics.
Dr Alan Ross http://www.southampton.ac.uk/history/about/staff/ajr1r15.page (Southampton) Late antique ‘pagan’ literature, particularly historiography and panegyric; the sons of Constantine and Julian the Apostate.
Dr Bella Sandwell http://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/en/persons/isabella-sandwell%28ff696613-0d51-4c59-ab2f-5a7786f65507%29.html (Bristol) Late antique religion; early Christianity; preaching
Dr Emily Selove http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/selove/ (Exeter) Medieval Arabic banquet and comic literature; sexuality; medicine; magic; and the influence of ancient Greek and Roman literature on these traditions
Dr Helen Spurling http://www.southampton.ac.uk/history/about/staff/hs1y08.page? (Southampton) Religion in Late Antiquity; Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations; Midrash and Rabbinics; apocalyptic literature; reception history of the Bible
Dr Gabor Thomas http://www.reading.ac.uk/archaeology/about/staff/gabor-thomas.aspx (Reading) Early medieval settlements and rural landscapes; the archaeology of early medieval monasticism and Christian conversion; material culture and identity in Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking west.
Dr Shaun Tougher http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/73079-tougher-shaun (Cardiff) Late antique and Byzantine politics and culture; Julian the Apostate; gender