Fame and fortune–and then what? The freedom to shift gears and careers, to indulge whims and whimsy, explore avenues and pastures new. We refer, of course, to Peter Jackson‘s recent appearance in a context which initially surprised me:
British Library Scholarship
An Oral History Of Recent British Food Activism
University of Sheffield
Supervisors: Professor Peter Jackson (Department of Geography) and Dr Polly Russell (British Library)
In recent years the British food system has been challenged by the critiques of individuals and organisations that might loosely be defined as ‘food activists’ including the Fair Trade movement, the Soil Association and The British Heart Foundation.
These critiques, combined with a series of well-documented ‘food scares´ and anxieties pertaining to public health, have had an impact on food policy, the food industry and food consumers.
Many of these movements originated in the early 1980s via small, informal networks and organisations (such as Parents for Safe Food and the Nestle Boycott). Despite the current high profile and significance of these activist movements, little has been documented about their histories and evolution.
The proposed research will investigate the extent to which these activist movements shape social norms and facilitate behavioural and cultural change. The research will contribute to current debates about the ‘globalisation’ of food production and the development of alternative food networks. It will also address the ways the food industry and policy have been shaped by food activism.
The project’s objectives are:
- To document the recent history of food activism and the impact of these social movements on the food industry and food policy.
- To draw on and contribute to The British Library’s unique collection of over 200 oral history recordings: Food: From Source to Salespoint (FFSS).
- To collect 15-20 oral histories with food activists, tracing the shifting contours of UK food consciousness since the 1980s. These oral histories will be catalogued and archived as part of FFSS.
- To locate and analyse the relevant grey literature (non-commercial publications produced by government bodies, research organisations and NGOs) held by the BL relating to UK food policy and food production since the 1980s.
The scholarship will cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and provides an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend of£13,650. The recipient will also receive a Research Training Support Grant of £500.
For information on how to apply, please follow the link:http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships/projects/bl1.html
Closing date for applications is 7 May 2010 at 5pm.
Yes, this is real and true, and you saw it here first. Unless you saw it first at the source: thanks to Jobs.ac.uk for advertising this chuckle-bringing morsel; nice to see Government money going to worthier causes than, ooh, Palaeography Chairs … let alone departments of Classics, Chemistry, Maths, and other Stuff That’s Too Hard and Uncool, Man.
I also note that one doesn’t find out what sort of scholarship this is until one clicks on the link, looks further up the page to the digital breadcrumbs, and then sees this is for a PhD. Nice one.
I am being very unfair: malice due to envy is most unladylike and unbecoming, I know. I’m just jealous as unqualified: “applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK in an appropriate area of study.” Whatever that is.