Queer Kinship in Twentieth-century Aotearoa PhD scholarship, University of Waikato

Queer Kinship in Twentieth-century Aotearoa
PhD scholarship, University of Waikato

Supervisors: Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh, Dr Sam Iti Prendergast, Dr Johanna Schmidt.
Value Up to $NZ 27,500 pa + domestic tuition fees and Student Services Levy
Applications due: 30 September 2023

Queer Kinship in Twentieth-century Aotearoa

Are you interested to research the histories of sexuality, queerness, families, and the state in Aotearoa? Our supervision team is seeking a doctoral student who is motivated to contribute to research on gender, sexuality, and the ongoing impacts of state regulation on queer families and communities. We encourage you to identify your areas of interest within this field. Potential topics of your research include:

– Indigeneity and kinship
– Takatāpui histories
– State policies and sexuality
– State policies and family formation
– State policies and reproduction
– Reproductive technologies
– Fertility and infertility
– Parenthood
– Intimacy and friendship

This funded doctoral research project on ‘Queer Kinship’ asks how twentieth-century state regulation of family, intimacy, and reproduction produced kinship norms. ‘Queer Kinship’ also examines how queer people navigated around and resisted state regulations as they produced family structures and communities that defied state expectations. These concerns are intrinsically connected to broader questions of race, Indigeneity, and the state.

‘Queer Kinship’ is supported by an interdisciplinary supervision team (History and Sociology) and connects to interdisciplinary networks at the University of Waikato and beyond that address gender, sexuality, reproduction, health, family life, bodies, queer theory, and Indigeneity.

Before you apply, please contact a member of the supervision team to discuss your area of interest and how it fits this project. Our contact details are:

Applicants require a completed Honours or Masters degree in History, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, or a related field. See information about the application process here