About this project
This project will explore the use of creative writing practice as a means of improving women’s experiences of incarceration, as well as the impact of incarceration beyond their release. To do so, the project will engage with three specific groups of women in order to capture motherhood at different stages: expectant mothers in prison; mothers in prison; mothers who have left prison. The project will work with both prison and probation services in order to address how creative practice can build up a sense of self and responsibility as well as offering a ‘therapeutic’ angle. This will be explored specifically through ‘maternity diaries’. Such writings will consider the meaning of motherhood as understood by female prisoners, whether those who are about to become mothers, those who were mothers before imprisonment, what participants feel about their own mothers, and how they understand and support one another in the groups as mothers.
The successful candidate will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment at the University of Hull's Cultures of Incarceration Centre (CIC) which is proud of its growing postgraduate community.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jo Metcalf.
About the 'Transatlantic Cultures of Incarceration’ research cluster
Based in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education, the Cultures of Incarceration Centre explores creative responses to the experience of incarceration across cultures and continents, with ‘incarceration’ applied to a host of historical and contemporary contexts, including prisons, pandemics, and modern slavery. Our work informs wider discussions of race, class, gender, humanity, and citizenship in countries across the world, and pioneers new interdisciplinary ways of working with colleagues from across subject areas and in collaboration with external partners and stakeholders.
Our students will play an active role in the Centre, whether by supporting the Centre’s research seminar programme, producing podcasts connected to student research projects, or mentoring MA Incarceration Studies students. Cultures of Incarceration Centre students receive expert supervision from a dedicated team of supervisors, and also benefit from access to pastoral and career mentoring opportunities. Students enjoy dedicated workspace within our on-campus resource room and at the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation, based in Hull’s historical city centre.
Click here to watch a recording of our recent webinar about this funded postgraduate research opportunity. You'll hear from programme leaders, supervisors, and students and listen to queries from other applicants in the Q&A.
Other PhDs in this cluster
Modern Slavery in Literature: Searching for the Subaltern
Modern Slavery in Film: Producing and Representing Exploitation
Photographing the Incarcerated Flood Victim
‘Shut up’: Pandemic Lockdowns and Health Inequalities, 1600 to present