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MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in South East Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department offers the widest coverage in Europe of research and teaching related to the languages and cultures of the principal countries of South East Asia. Its primary commitment is to the four languages Burmese, Indonesian/Malay, Thai and Vietnamese, and their literatures, cinemas and associated cultures. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters in cinema and gender, literary criticism, cultural history and postcolonial studies. It is a flourishing and friendly Department with close links to recent alumni. [+]

Doctoral Degrees in Languages in London in United Kingdom. Research Degrees in South East Asian Studies The Department offers the widest coverage in Europe of research and teaching related to the languages and cultures of the principal countries of South East Asia. Its primary commitment is to the four languages Burmese, Indonesian/Malay, Thai and Vietnamese, and their literatures, cinemas and associated cultures. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters in cinema and gender, literary criticism, cultural history and postcolonial studies. It is a flourishing and friendly Department with close links to recent alumni. The research interests of the Department’s members include: classical Malay literature; modern literature in Malay, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese; Islam in South East Asia; language pedagogy; phonetics; gender studies; oral literature and folklore; cinema in South East Asia; and translation. These interests are increasingly reflected in the kind of work that is undertaken by the Department’s current doctoral researchers. A full research training programme is provided at Faculty level, in addition to the close attention each doctoral researcher receives from his or her supervisor. MPhil/PhD students admitted to the Department receive research training in the Faculty-wide first year research training seminar and are also encouraged to participate in discipline-specific training offered by the Faculty Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) and research skills training coordinated via the Doctoral School. The Department provides supervision for both full-time and part-time doctoral researchers undertaking supervised research in a wide range of South East Asian languages and literatures. Theses completed in recent years have included topics in traditional Lao literature, contemporary Thai fiction, the syntax of spoken Mon, the shadow play in Bali, Malay oral literature, schoolbooks in colonial Burma, pre-Angkor Cambodia and political literature in Vietnam. Under the regulations of SOAS, University of London, all doctoral researchers register initially for an MPhil: they may transfer to PhD after completing one year, if they wish and subject to approval by the School, which requires evidence that the candidate’s work is achieving the standard required. The minimum duration for full-time doctoral researchers is two years for the MPhil and three years for the PhD. Part-time doctoral researchers normally take twice as long to complete their studies. When their research is completed, candidates submit a thesis to the examiners, and then attend a viva voce examination. Applicants for postgraduate degrees must have a good command of the language of their field of study, and should normally have a good first degree in the appropriate subject, but students with other qualifications and experience may also be eligible, and applications from mature students are particularly welcome. If necessary for the development of their chosen subject, doctoral researchers will be expected to have or acquire an adequate reading knowledge of Dutch and/or French. All potential applicants are strongly advised to consult the Department before they apply. More general queries should be directed to the Department Research Tutor or to the Doctoral School. Academic Staff and Their Research Areas Dr Ben Murtagh BA MA(LONDON) PHD (LONDON) Head of Department Traditional Malay and modern Indonesian literature; history of Indonesia; film in Indonesia and Malaysia; gender and sexuality in Indonesia Dr Rachel Harrison BA PHD(LONDON) Modern literary, cultural, film and gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western cinema set in South East Asia Dr Dana Healy PHD(PRAGUE) Admissions Tutor Vietnamese language and literature, language teaching; folk literature, modern poetry, theatre, art Dr David A Smyth BA PHD(LONDON) The Thai novel; Thai literary historiography; Thai language; modern Thai history; language teaching Dr Justin Watkins BA(LEEDS) MA PHD(LONDON) Burmese language and literature; Khmer language; Mon-khmer and Tibeto-Burman languages; phonetics; computer lexicography. [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in South Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

SOAS has an international reputation for excellence in the field of South Asian studies earned by the world leading research undertaken. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters on literature, cinema cultural history and postcolonial studies. [+]

Research Degrees in South Asian Studies Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time SOAS has an international reputation for excellence in the field of South Asian studies earned by the world leading research undertaken. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters on literature, cinema cultural history and postcolonial studies. The Department has two ERC grants: Francesca Orsini for the comparative study of the multilingual literary histories of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa; while James Mallinson has one entitled “The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping traditions of transnational physical yoga practice through philology and ethnography”. Amina Yaqin’s current research projects include a collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Pakistan and the University of East London for the ‘Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue’ research project funded by the RCUK. This follows on from an earlier AHRC funded international research network, ‘Framing Muslims’. Rachel Dwyer is CI on an AHRC funded International Network with the University of Leeds: Soft Power, Cinema and the BRICS. The Department welcomes applications for the degrees of PhD on any topic related to the research interests and disciplines of the Department’s research-active staff. Prospective candidates should consult the details of the various staff members’ research areas and adapt their proposal accordingly. These presently include, but are not limited to: Indian film and screen studies; diaspora studies; postcolonial literature; literary studies associated with Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, and Sanskrit; classical Hinduism; feminism; translation; current representations of Muslims; and the politics of Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan. Broader topics can be accommodated through joint supervision with colleagues in other Departments and Centres. A full research training programme is provided at Faculty level, in addition to the close attention each doctoral researcher receives from his or her supervisor. MPhil/PhD researchers admitted to the Department receive research training in the Faculty-wide first year research training seminar and are also encouraged to participate in discipline-specific training offered by the Faculty Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) and research skills training coordinated via the Doctoral School. Under the regulations of SOAS, University of London, all doctoral researchers register initially for an MPhil: they may transfer to PhD after completing one year, if they wish and subject to approval by the School, which requires evidence that the candidate’s work is achieving the standard required. The minimum duration for full-time doctoral researchers is two years for the MPhil and three years for the PhD. Part-time researchers normally take twice as long to complete their studies. When their research is completed, candidates submit a thesis to the examiners, and then attend a viva voce examination. A list of both current and recently completed PhD projects can be consulted, and a list of current staff members and their research interests are available Would-be candidates are strongly encouraged to make initial contact with a prospective supervisor in the first instance, and well in advance of submitting their application, to discuss their proposed research. More general queries should be directed to the Department Research Tutor or to the Doctoral School. [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Near and Middle Eastern Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Please check the list of the staff of the Department provides information on the main areas of teaching and research, and supervision for research students can be provided across this wide range. [+]

Doctoral Degrees in Languages in London in United Kingdom. Research Degrees in Near and Middle Eastern Studies The list of the staff of the Department provides information on the main areas of teaching and research, and supervision for research students can be provided across this wide range. Some Recent Research Theses Siba Aldabbagh Word and Image in Visual Art and Poetry from the Arab World Charis Bredin Creaturely Encounters: Animals in the Libyan literary imaginary Izabella Czyzewska How to Pray to Hittite Gods: A Semantic andContextual Analysis of Hittite Prayer Terminology with the New Editions of Selected Prayers of Muršili II Maria De Cillis The Discourse of Compromise: Theoretical Constructs of Free Will and Predestination in the Works of Avicenna, Ghazālī and Ibn ʿArabī. Jacob Eriksson Swedish mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a study of the utility of small-state mediation and Track II diplomacy. Benjamin Geer Priests of the Nation: Nationalism and Power in Modern Egyptian Literature and Cinema. Alyn D. Hine Russian Literature in the Works of Mikhail Nu'ayma Christie Johnson Authorship in Kitab al-aghani: production, reception, subjectivit Walid Khazendar Place in the Making: A Study on Image-Making in Early Arabic Poetry. Maha Abdel Megeed Muwaylihi's Isa ibn Hisham: Between 18th-Century Revival and 19th-Century Neoclassical Renaissance Krikor Moskofian Literature and Survival: Literary Criticism and the Construction of Cultural Identity in Armenian Printed Press of Diaspora 1919-1928. Khadiga Musa A Critical Edition of a Twelve/Eighteenth Century Manuscript on Legal Maxims: ‘Umdat al-Nazir fi’l-Ashbāh wa’l-Naẓā`ir. Laetitia Nanquette The Eye Sees Not Itself: Images of France and Iran Through Their Literatures (1979-2009). Hany Rashwan Literariness and aesthetics in ancient Egyptian literature: towards an Arabic-based critical approach - Jinās as a case study. Luis Siddall The reign of Adad-narari III. Ludek Vacín Shulgi of Ur: Life, Deeds, Ideology and Legacy of a Mesopotamian Ruler as Reflected Primarily in Literary Texts. Lisa Wilhelmi The Akkadian of Boğazköy Academic Staff and their Research Areas Professor Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem BA (Cairo) PHD (Cantab) FCIL (London) Qur’an, Hadith, Tafsir; Islam in society; classical and modern Arabic literature Dr George Dedes BA MA PhD (Harvard) Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture Dr Ayman El-Desouky BA (American Univ. Cairo) MA PhD (Austin, Texas) Comparative literature, 19th and 20th-century Arabic literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory Professor Andrew R George BA PhD (Birmingham) FBA Cuneiform and Ancient Mesopotamian studies Dr Marlé Hammond BA MA PhD (Columbia University) Classical and Modern Arabic Literature and Poetics; Egyptian and Arabic Cinemas; Women's Writing; Folkloric Narrative Professor Hugh Kennedy PhD (Cantab) Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands Dr Karima Laachir BA (Abdelmalek Essadi University, Tetouan Morocco) MA PhD (Leeds) PGCHE (Birmingham) Comparative postcolonial literature (Arabophone, Francophone and Anglophone), Arabic popular culture, Diasporic cultural productions,literature of the North African diaspora (Beur), exclusion of ethnic minorities in Europe with a specific focus on France, postcolonialism and colonial legacies, Islam and Islamophobia. Dr Chris Lucas BA (SOAS) MA PhD (Cantab) Grammatical change and the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics in Arabic and other Afro-Asiatic languages, and in English and other (Indo-)European languages. Dr Nima Mina BA (Marburg) MMus PhD (Montreal) Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20thcentury Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies Professor Wen-Chin Ouyang BA BEd (Tripoli) MA MPhil PhD (Columbia University) Classical and modern Arabic literature, The 1001 Nights and Arabic Popular Epics, Classical and modern Arabic Critical thought and theory, Networks of Circulation and World Literature, Semiotics of the Visual Dr Mustafa Shah BA PhD (London) The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence Dr Ayman Shihadeh BA (London) MSt (Oxon) DPhil (Oxon) Arabic philosophy; Islamic theology; ethical theory in Islam; Arabic paleography and codicology Professor Stefan Sperl BA (Oxon) PhD (London) Classical Arabic literature, medieval Arabic popular literature; court poetry and oral literature; refugee studies Dr Yair Wallach BSc MA PhD (University of London) Culture, Society and History of modern Israel/Palestine; Visual and Material Culture; Urban Studies; Israel-Palestine Conflict Dr Mark Weeden Hittite, Akkadian language and literature in Syria [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Linguistics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MPhil/PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods and research work leading to a dissertation. The Department is strongly research-oriented, and through a combination of courses, advanced seminars and individual supervision, aims to provide the intellectual discipline, knowledge and skills required of a well-rounded researcher. [+]

Research Degrees in Linguistics The MPhil/PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods and research work leading to a dissertation. The Department is strongly research-oriented, and through a combination of courses, advanced seminars and individual supervision, aims to provide the intellectual discipline, knowledge and skills required of a well-rounded researcher. Supervision is offered in theoretical, descriptive and comparative linguistics, translation and language pedagogy. Depending on the research topic, it may also be possible to arrange joint supervision with specialists in other departments. Research in the department Research interests of the faculty are wide-ranging and span the world's languages, from Chinese to Arabic, Swahili to Korean, Mongolian to Japanese. This focus on Asian and African languages, combined with the unparalleled access to the considerable language and regional expertise of other SOAS researchers constitutes a unique resource for the study of theoretical, comparative and descriptive linguistics, language documentation and description, language pedagogy and translation. Some recent research theses Mahmoud Fathulla Ahmad – The Tense and Aspect System in Kurdish Najat Benchiba: A structural analysis of Moroccan Arabic and English intra-sentential code switching Kay Johnson: Static spatial expression in Ske – an Oceanic language of Vanuatu Judith Nakayiza: The sociolinguistics of multilingualism in Uganda Ian Pickett – Some Aspects of Dialect Variation Among the Nomads in Syria and Lebanon Some current PhD topics The political manipulation of translation and the role of translation in affecting the political field Object properties and object marking in Makhuwa Valency changing operations in Chimane A grammar of Sekpele The PhD programme in Linguistics is a rigorous, structured training programme with different activities and requirements taking place throughout the period of the programme. All students register in year 1 of the programme as MPhil students. The upgrade from MPhil to PhD registration takes place at the end of the first academic session for full time students (or at the end of the second academic session for part time students). All new MPhil/PhD students are provided with a supervisory committee of three members, comprising a main or primary supervisor, and a second and third supervisor. The split in time commitment across the supervisory committee is 60:25:15. In the first year students are expected to meet their main supervisor on a bi-weekly basis for a period of at least one hour. The student’s primary supervisor is always a member of the Department in which the student is registered. The second and third supervisors, who act in a supplementary advisory capacity, may be from the same Department, or other Departments/Centres in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures or in Departments/Centres in the other Faculties of the School. [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literatures written in European languages. [+]

Doctoral Degrees in Languages in London in United Kingdom. Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literatures written in European languages. Prospective research students will have the unique opportunity to work on an exceptionally wide range of topics, theoretical and critical, supervised according to the expertise of a wide range of academic staff across the Faculty and SOAS. A research degree in Comparative Literature (Asia/Africa/the Near and Middle East), Cultural Studies (Asia/Africa/The Middle East) or Postcolonial Studies (Asia/Africa/The Near and Middle East) normally takes three years, or up to a maximum of four years should periods of fieldwork/research and material collection be required. Part-time registration is also possible. Programme Structure Research will be guided throughout by a research committee of three core CCLPS members, consisting of one primary supervisor (core CCLPS Faculty of Languages and Cultures member) and two supporting supervisors in an advisory capacity (CCLPS core or SOAS members). Depending on the nature of the research joint supervision is sometimes recommended, under the direction of two supervisors. In the first year, students prepare for research by following an MPhil training programme convened by the Chair of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies. Students will also be strongly encouraged to attend the core theory courses in the three disciplines, the other elements being agreed between the student, the Research Tutor (a member of the CCLPS Steering Committee) and the supervisor(s). Optional elements may consist of specialist disciplinary, language or regional culture courses, attendance of which can be agreed between the student and the supervisory committee. MPhil students are required to attend the CCLPS Weekly Research Training Seminar (details below) and a generic research methods course offered within the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, convened by the Associate Dean for Research. The generic research methods training includes courses offered by the Academic Development Directorate (ADD) and the SOAS Library. Doctoral School website also offers information on research training across London higher education institutions. MPhil/PhD students are in addition expected to attend regularly the Centre’s seminar series, lectures, conferences and the CCLPS Postgraduate Annual Conference which started in June 2012 and is annually organised by the CCLPS Ph.D. community. All details of CCLPS events will be available on the SOAS CCLPS website. Third and Final Year CCLPS Ph.D. students are asked to present their research projects in the CCLPS seminars and lecture series as that constitute an important element of their professional training. [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in African Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. [+]

Research Degrees in African Studies Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. Some Recent Research Theses Lizzy Attree, ‘The Literary Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1990-2005’ Mark Brogden, 'The Culture of Exploration: British Expeditions to Northern Nigeria 1822–1827' Zoë Norridge, ‘Perceptions of Pain: Narratives of Hurt and Healing in Contemporary African Literature’ Betty Sibongile Dlamini, 'Women and Theatre for Development in Swaziland' Academic Staff and their Research Areas Dr Lindiwe Dovey BA(Harvard) PHD(Cantab) African film and video; literary adaptation in Africa; filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); contemporary film theory and ‘World Cinema’; representations of exile, immigration and violence; structures of African film production, distribution, and exhibition; African film festivals. Dr Kai Easton BA(Gettysburg) MA PHD(London) Colonial and postcolonial studies; South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the cultures of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; intertextuality; fiction, history, and autobiography. Professor Graham Furniss BA PHD(London) African language literature; comparative African literature; Hausa language, linguistics and literature. Dr Chege Githiora BA(Mexico) PHD(Michigan) Swahili and Gikuyu language, linguistics; Translation and Lexicography; African Diaspora Studies. Professor Philip J Jaggar BA MPHIL(London) MA PHD(UCLA) Hausa language and linguistics; comparative Chadic Dr Lutz Marten MA PHD(London) Bantu languages and linguistics, Herero, Swahili, syntax, semantics, pragmatics Professor Jeff Opland BA, BSc, MA, PhD (Cape Town) Folklore and oral literature; African praise poetry; the history of Xhosa literature Dr Martin Orwin BA PHD(London) Somali and Amharic language and literature; metrics; phonology Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame BA(Ghana) DPHIL(Oxon) Post-colonial writing with special reference to anglophone and francophone African American writing; comparative national literatures Dr Akin Oyètádé BA(IFE) DIPLING PHD(London) Yoruba language and literature; Yoruba culture and linguistics with special reference to phonology; Yoruba in the diaspora Dr Alena Rettová PHD(Charles University, Prague) Swahili literature; African philosophy; Afrophone philosophical discourses; literatures in African languages. [-]