Social Science students win scholarships for PhD study

Muhammad Javad and Lucija Duda have both won awards for their PhD research projects.

Mohammad Javad was awarded the James Lincoln PhD studentship in Economics. The studentship is inspired by the life and legacy of Dr James Lincoln, a Lecturer in Economics at the University, who passed away in 2019.

Dr Lincoln carried out research in the area of econometrics; after graduating from his undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester in 1995, he went to work in the corporate world and returned to study an MSC and PhD in Economics and Econometrics, before becoming a Lecturer.

Mohammad will be starting his PhD in Economics in September 2020 in evolutionary behavioural finance under the supervision of Prof Igor Evstigneev and Dr Omer Edhan. Having been out of formal education for 5 years, the scholarship is an opportunity for him to move into the discipline of Economics for post-graduate research.

Lucija Duda was awarded the Stuart Hall Scholarship for her doctoral research project A Call For An Analytic Feminist Model Of Argumentation. 

The project proposes how a long history of male dominance and antagonistic style of argument has led analytic philosophy to associate rationality with maleness and whiteness, excluding feminine, socially marginalized and diasporic phenomena.

Lucija will analyse feminist argumentative speeches, such as those delivered by Sojourner Truth, Klara Zetkin, Betty Frieden, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Teller, Rosa Parks, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her aim is to develop an anti-essentialist line on the so-called feminine style of reasoning, as opposed to the traditional essentialist conception of the term, associating women’s reasoning mostly with emotion, subjectivity, irrationality and intuition.

Dr Frederique Janssen-Lauret, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University, says,

“Lucija Duda's proposed PhD is highly innovative and will make a positive difference both to forging links between analytic philosophy - especially logic - and the social sciences, and to combating male and white dominance within philosophy. Her background in linguistics, including formal and informal logic, and in women's studies leaves her exceptionally well-placed to connect these matters to logic and philosophy of language. The many novel connections made within the research project and its ability to integrate different bodies of literature which are rarely brought into dialogue, offer an exciting opportunity for public discourse and will also contribute to interdisciplinary interaction between departments”.

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