Reference code: GPSNA2

Closing date: 21 February 2020

Supervisors: Dr James Riding

Sponsor: Newcastle University (NUAcT fellowship)

Start date and duration of the award: September 2020 for 3 years


The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University invites applications for a fully funded doctoral studentship in the area of Geographies of the former Yugoslavia in one of the six republics that made up Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Supervised by Dr James Riding the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape a project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which coheres with a research project he is conducting on the seven new states formed where Yugoslavia once stood.

The usual story about these seven new states revolves mostly around the following tropes: oscillation between liberalization and authoritarianism; the complex relationship between the state, organized crime and the economy; corruption; the achievements and shortcomings of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; regional cooperation or disputes; successes and failures in the European Union accession process. It is an era of transition which has meant in Bosnia and Herzegovina: general impoverishment; mass unemployment; diminished life expectancy; social degradation; deindustrialization; and the oligarchical governance of divisive elites.

In this post-Yugoslav, post-socialist, post-conflict landscape, applicants are invited to propose a programme of study in Bosnia and Herzegovina – a unit of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945–1992) known as a “Little Yugoslavia” due to its multi-ethnic heritage – at a historic moment. It is 25 years since the Dayton Agreement was signed on December 14 2020 – the agreement which brought an end to the war in Bosnia (1992–1995) and separated Bosnia and Herzegovina into ethnic entities on the map and on the ground – and February 29 2021 marks 25 years since the end of the Siege of Sarajevo (1992–1996) – the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.

Set in this conflict affected context potential themes might be:

  • Dayton and the entities at 25
  • Memories of the siege (and hope)
  • Landscapes of genocide (and denial)
  • Places of remembering (and forgetting)
  • War tribunals, transitional justice, the ICTY
  • Reconciliation, co-existence, inter-ethnic futures
  • Post-conflict art, art activism, war/peace art
  • Monuments, heritage, ruins, loss, absence
  • Remembering Yugoslavia, (Yugo)nostalgia
  • Trauma, testimony, memory, witnessing
  • Ethno-nationalism, identity, ethnicity
  • The (divided) post-conflict city

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Please contact Dr James Riding, email: [email protected]

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by 21 February 2020.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert 8214F in the programme code section and click search
  • select Programme Name ‘PhD Human Geography (full time) – Geography
  • insert GPSNA2 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a CV including details of 2 referees
  • attach a 750-word research proposal
  • attach a 1-page personal statement

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent and a demonstrable interest in conflict affected societies and social scientific inquiry.
A further qualification (MA/MRes) is advantageous. Additional 6 months research training would be provided through Faculty Research Training Programme for applicants without a research accredited MA qualification.

Funding Notes

100% tuition fees paid (UK/EU/International) and annual living expenses of £15,009.

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International students.

Application Deadline:

21 February 2020

Please see our website for how to apply:
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