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[Commlist] Doctoral Scholarship Opportunities - School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University

Thu Feb 25 03:48:33 GMT 2021

Two opportunities for fully funded PhDs…please forward to suitable candidates.

School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University is pleased to advertise two fully funded PhD positions, commencing in April 2021 or ASAP. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a doctoral research project with the School’s two research centres:  The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) and a Creative Technologies Research Centre (CTRC).

*Research at the School of Arts and Creative Industries*

Our applied research tackles real-world issues and encompasses a wide variety of methodologies and approaches, including practice-based research, empirical work on audiences and texts, and theory-driven analysis.

The School is home to two research centres:

 1. Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) brings together
    researchers from cultural studies, contemporary art and media
    practice, and software studies, who seek knowledge and understanding
    of how network culture transforms the production and circulation of
    images. Our aim is to broaden the discussion of the networked image
    to address planetary scale computation and wider ecologies including
    the non-human. See
 2. The Creative Technologies Research Centre (CTRC) has research
    connections with numerous international research consortia such as:
    The International Association of Public Media Researchers
    <>(leading), the War Games
    Network <>, The International
    Association for the Study of Popular Music
    <>(IASPM), ACES <>(eSports
    researchers), and the Youth Media and Culture Network
    <>. The Centre houses four
    Research Groups: The Sonic Research Group, Practice-As-Research in
    Arts, the Games Research Group, and Digital Performance Group.
    Current funded research projects include ELEVATE in collaboration
    with Lambeth Councilwhich addresses career opportunities in the
    Creative Industries for members of the BAME communities. In addition
    we are engaged in two large 3-year European Regeneration Development
    Fund (ERDF) projects: ACE-IT
    <>(£1.2m) explores the creative
    use of immersive media with small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs)
    and R&D-4-SMEs

    which is building three networked production centres at Maidstone
    Studios <>, Folkestone (Screen
    South <>with Creative Folkestone
    <>), and at Canterbury Christ
    Church University


Scholarship call details below:


*Scholarship opportunity 1*: *Networked Curating*

The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) and Whitechapel Gallery are pleased to invite applications for a full time, funded PhD commencing in March 2021 or ASAP.  We are interested in projects that examine the potential of networks - social and technological - for an expanded curatorial practice. The topic emphasises the materiality and technics of the network apparatus, which has opened up new ways of thinking about the agency of machines and their interactions with humans. Given that the current pandemic has prompted museums, galleries and arts institutions to look anew at their use of the internet as a curatorial space rather than simply as a means of dissemination of information, our interest is how the technologies we use to curate exhibit curatorial agency, and how this enables new kinds of relations between curators and technologies (or more broadly, humans and machines). Our interests extend to the implementation of automation and machine intelligence in the art field; emergent forms of knowledge dissemination using collaborative online platforms; and new models of curatorial practice.

Questions could be:

What new challenges does online, networked culture present to curating contemporary art in galleries and museums?

How are audiences constituted, maintained and engaged in and by online curation?

In what ways do algorithms, search engines and platforms curate cultural value?

How do human and machines collaborate to curate?

What do galleries and museums need to do organisationally to engage with the media ecology of network culture?

The position complements the launch of our collaborative MA Curating Art and Public Programmes in September 2021, and an ongoing series of public events that it is envisaged the candidate would help to shape.

These initial ideas are not meant to be exhaustive of our interests and are used here as illustrations. Proposals should indicate what your research topic responds to, what question and problems it addresses, and an initial suggestion of method and approach. Proposals can be practice-based, empirical fieldwork and/or theoretical in nature. We are interested in proposals for curatorial research both in a general sense as well as the specific context of the Whitechapel Gallery and its institutional character and history.

*About our partner Whitechapel Gallery*

Founded in 1901, the Whitechapel Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

Distinguished for its pioneering exhibitions and public programmes for over a century, the Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to engage with a rich community of international creative practitioners who are regularly invited to exhibit their work and share ideas as part of the Gallery’s yearly programme of events.

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*Scholarship 2: Creative Technologies Research Centre*

The School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University, is inviting proposals for PhDs for a Creative Technologies Research Centre (CTRC) scholarship award as part of the launch of this new Research Centre. We are a vibrant and enthusiastic group of scholars working within both the applied and contextual domains.

The Centre aims to explore the use of emerging and novel uses of technologies in the Creative Industries. We support the harnessing of technologies in new ways for the cultural, civic, economic, environmental, and societal good in a wide range of approaches and with particular sensitivity to specific technological affordances, and with the aim to make real world community impact.

We offer supervisory postgraduate research expertise in a broad range of subject areas in digital production technologies within creative ecologies, social media, experimental film, sonic culture, and electronic music. A particular interest currently is in Virtual Production, the convergence of gaming and film technologies to create new aesthetics and workflows.

Doctoral students are welcome to work in our research studios at Maidstone, Folkestone and Canterbury, as well as our Elephant Studios <>complex at LSBU’s London campus at the Elephant and Castle, just behind London’s South Bank entertainment district. These include a multimedia journalism studio, film studios and edit suites, a 3D sound studio, gaming studios, radio studio, and a small cinema.

These topics are not meant to be exhaustive of our interests and are used here as illustrations. Proposals should indicate what your research topic responds to, what question and problems it addresses and an initial suggestion of method and approach.

*Guidance for applicants: *

  Please submit the following documents

  * Cover letter (outlining your interest and suitability for this
    opportunity) and CV
  * PhD proposal of maximum two A4 pages (please ensure that you use
    12pt font)
  * Names and contact details of two referees
*Deadline:*21 March 2021, by 5pm. Send it by email to Rumel Ahmed (rumel.ahmed /at/ <mailto:(rumel.ahmed /at/>with the subject line_: ACI PhD Scholarship_

*Note: *The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online in the week commencing 29 March 2021 and it is hoped that the successful candidate will enrol as soon as possible thereafter for the Spring Term 2021.

The scholarship includes a fee waiver at the Home rate and a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum for three years.  This PhD scholarship is open to UK residents who qualify. Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree (2.1 and above). You will be required to show proof of all your qualifications, and you will be asked to supply two academic references as part of admission process. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS scores of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

For any questions about ACI PG Programmes please contact Dr Elena Marchevska: (e.marchevska /at/ <mailto:(e.marchevska /at/>

For any questions about Networked Curating scholarship please contact Dr Geoff Cox: (geoffcox /at/

For any questions about Creative Technologies scholarship please contact Prof Lizzie Jackson: (lizzie.jackson /at/

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