3-year Wellcome Trust funded PhD Studentship ‘Sex Education in Films’ at
the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease (CHMD), Durham
University, United Kingdom
The studentship will be available as of October 2009
We are looking to appoint a candidate for a fully funded three-year PhD
studentship as part of the CHMD/Northern Centre of the History of Medicine
Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.
The successful applicant will research sex education films (British and/or
German, depending on language skills). With few exceptions (e.g. Tim Boon,
Ursula v. Keitz, Elizabeth Lebas, Ramon Reichert), films in general have
not received much attention from historians of medicine, bodies or
sexualities. Taking samples from different film genres (film productions
for cinemas, TV, and school teaching; animated films, silent films,
documentaries and feature films) the focus of the PhD project will be on
the construction of heterosexual bodies through films that have been
produced to sexually enlighten the young. The project will be supervised
by Dr Lutz Sauerteig (CHMD, Durham University).
Applications are invited from suitably qualified students who have a
background in film analysis. Candidates should have a First Class or Upper
Second Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) and a Masters Degree in an
appropriate discipline (e.g. Film Studies, Media Studies).
The studentship includes fees at the Home/EU rate and a living allowance
of approx. £18,000 in the first year, rising to approx. £21,000 in the
For further information or informal enquiries about the studentship,
please contact Dr Lutz Sauerteig ([email protected]).
Please send a copy of your CV, with the names and addresses of three
referees, plus a statement outlining your academic interests and reasons
for wishing to undertake this research project to Katherine Smith
The deadline for applications is 16 March 2009.
Interviews of candidates will be held later in March.
For general information on the Centre for the History of Medicine and
Disease see the CHMD webpage at http://www.dur.ac.uk/chmd
For general information regarding postgraduate study at Durham please see
the University website at http://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/
For information on the online application procedure for postgraduate
studies at Durham please see the University website at