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[ecrea] collaborative PhD scholarships at LSBU

Thu May 21 11:12:04 GMT 2015

*Fully-funded collaborative PhD scholarships at London South Bank

We invite applications for two full-time, funded PhD commencing in
September 2015 in the School of Arts & Creative Industries at London
South Bank University. The scholarships provide the opportunity to
undertake a specifically themed collaborative doctoral research project
in partnership with one of the following arts organisations, The
Photographers' Gallery or Hammersmith United Charities.

The scholarships cover fees and offer a stipend of £15,000 p.a. for
three years.

*Curating Ubiquity: Photographic Value After the Internet*

Whilst the photographic image has become a ubiquitous feature of digital
culture, it has undergone far-reaching transformations through
computational systems. This has meant that understandings of the
photograph in culture are radically different from understandings of the
photographic image as data. What is needed is research, which examines
the relationship between cultural and historical knowledge of
photography contained in photographic collections, archives, museums and
exhibitions and the formation and circulation of the image in
computational culture. The Photographers' Gallery is especially
interested in the ways in which the image is increasingly apprehended as
part of a screen interface and what this means for new forms of online
exhibition. How in cultural institutions is the networked image to be
valued, selected and curated?

The researcher will work directly with The Photographers' Gallery and
will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork as part of gallery's
forthcoming /Unthinking Photography/ programme. For an informal
discussion about this scholarship please contact Professor Andrew
Dewdney [(dewdnea /at/
<mailto:(dewdnea /at/>].

*Tackling Deprivation: Understanding the Contribution of the Arts*

There is anecdotal evidence that participation in community arts
projects has the potential to make a significant – sometimes seemingly
life-changing – impact on those involved. Project evaluations report a
range of responses from participants, which include enhanced
self-confidence, pride, a sense of connectedness, new skills. But if the
arts are to be seen as a major tool in combatting deprivation and
enhancing community cohesion, research is needed to measure and define
those benefits and establish the long-term impacts of these projects. Is
the nature of the benefits gained identifiably different from the
benefits gained by participants in other types of projects? Can we
establish a longitudinal study to find out what do participants go on to
do? Can we find ways to put a value on the positive impact of these
projects? What is the wider impact on participants’ families and
communities? And are there ways in which the Charity could use arts
projects in a more innovative way to achieve its wider objectives?

The researcher will work directly with Hammersmith United Charities,
which operates a place based grants programme, conducting field work and
action research alongside that programme with the academic support of
the school. For an informal discussion about this scholarship please
contact Jonathan Banatvala [(banatvj /at/
<mailto:(banatvj /at/>].

*How to apply*

The scholarship application form can be found here:

Please provide an additional covering letter identifying which
scholarship you are applying for. The deadline for applications is
*Friday 19 June*.

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