PhD Opportunity: Food Selling in Early Modern London, University of Kent

The University of Kent’s School of History, one of the leading history departments in the country, is pleased to invest in a range of Doctoral Studentships to commence in September 2016. These studentships are open to high-quality candidates with very good undergraduate degrees.

This particular project investigates the provision of foodstuffs in early modern London. Contrary to most of the previous work on the City’s food markets, it focuses on the food vendors rather than on macro-economic processes of food distribution. It aims to provide insight into the working lives of groups in the margins, such as women, immigrants, and the poor, and to contribute to a greater understanding of the workings of the pre-industrial urban economy.
The project will make use of a wide variety of primary materials including records of the City of London and of London’s Public Markets (held at the London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall). It is also anticipated that visual evidence, including maps, drawings, and paintings, will play an important role in the analysis.
Essential qualities: MA in History, Early Modern Studies, or related fields
Desired qualities: proficiency in palaeography; interest in multidisciplinary approaches

*   History of Retailing and Consumption
*   History of London
*   History of Food
*   Early Modern History
*   Urban History

Deadline 31 January 2016. For further information please contact Dr Danielle van den Heuvel<>.


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