Jobs at Goldsmiths

Jobs at Goldsmiths

PhD Studentship, Department of Sociology

Information on how to apply can be found in the studentship description. Applications must be made directly to Dr Kat Jungnickel via email by Friday 22nd November 2019.

Vacancy Type
Contract Length
3 year Home/EU funding (with option to extend) available to start April 2020
Full Time
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Interview Date
w/c 9th December 2019
Contact Details
Kat Jungnickel,
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The Department of Sociology is offering a 3 year PhD studentship is part of the 5 year research project Politics of Patents: Re-imagining Citizenship via Clothing Inventions 1820-2020 funded by a European Research Council Consolidator grant and led by Dr Kat Jungnickel with a team of 2 x Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Fellow and Research Assistant.


Politics of Patents (POP) undertakes a global sociological investigation of 200 years of clothing inventions. It takes as its focus clothing patents archivedin the European Patent Office database/sto explore connections between citizens and clothing. We are analysing how inventors create new forms of clothing that resist, subvert, or reinforce social and political norms and beliefs, and in the process, aim to develop a deeper understanding about how different expressions of citizenship come into being.


The POP project uses an inventive mixed-methods approach including in-depth visual and document analysis, interviews with inventors and garment reconstruction. It is oriented around sociological sewing – researching, reconstructing and wearing clothing as both subject and method of enquiry. As such, the POP Lab is equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, dress-forms and related materials. We therefore welcome candidates who are interested in the intersections of social science and sewing and in exploring them further in their research scholarship. We also welcome candidates who want to explore these topics using other forms of practice (performance, exhibition and other object-oriented related practice etc) – bearing in mind the above limitations of available lab equipment and materials.


The candidate will be located in the POP Lab on Goldsmiths campus. Along with team members, they will be expected to travel for conferences, workshops, fieldwork and other related research activities. For more information about the project please see