Research course

Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME): An Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Institution
University of Kent · School of English
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent in other national systems) in any area of literature, history or cultural studies. Applicants from other humanities or social science subjects will also be considered.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The School of English has a strong international reputation and global perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests.

Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the postmodern, including British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural history. The international standing of the School ensures that we have a lively, confident research culture, sustained by a vibrant, ambitious intellectual community. We also count a number of distinguished creative writers among our staff, and we actively explore crossovers between critical and creative writing in all our areas of teaching and research.

Our reputation for research excellence was confirmed in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) in which our research was recognised to be world-leading. The University of Kent is a research-led institution, which means that the research that the academics are engaged in continues to inform their teaching, and that you, as a student in the department, are at the centre of a dynamic and thriving academic environment.

TEEME is an international doctoral programme in early modern studies funded by the European Union under the Erasmus Mundus scheme. It is structured around a unique collaboration between university-based researchers in the humanities and the cultural and creative sector in four EU countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic). Candidates have research projects that are comparative and interdisciplinary in conception, that bear a clear relation to present needs and debates, and that span at least two different linguistic, religious and/or ethnic cultures within Europe, or that relate one European with one non-European culture, in the period 1400 to 1700, or in later political or cultural uses and representations of early modern literature and history. By relating a broad understanding of ‘text’ – in its original meaning of tissue, web or texture – to underlying ‘events’ – the raw data of the past shaped into story by ‘weaving’ or writing – all projects combine a textual-literary with a cultural-historical strand. For more information, see www.teemeurope.eu.

You spend your first sememster in Canterbury and then have a choice of two out of four locations: Canterbury, Berlin, Porto or Prague.




Programme structure
As a research student, you meet regularly with your supervisor, and have the opportunity to take part in informal reading groups and research seminars to which students, staff and visiting speakers contribute papers. You will also benefit from a series of research skills seminars that run in the spring term, which give students a chance to share the research expertise of staff and postdoctoral members of the department.

Research groups
Research in the School of English comes roughly under the following areas. However, there is often a degree of overlap between groups, and individual staff have interests that range more widely.

Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century
American Literature
Creative writing
Medieval and early modern
Modern Poetry
Postcolonial

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

Please visit our

funding web pages

for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
School of English
Email
english@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 823054