Research Project: Reporting the Revolution: The Artist as Witness, Critic and Propagandist for the 1917 Revolution in Russia
The Courtauld Institute of Art in partnership with Tate invites applications for a PhD studentship fully-funded for three years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to commence in October 2015.
This doctoral research project focuses on the visual history of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, especially how its impact, propagation and celebration were pictured. The primary resource will be the unrivalled David King Collection formed over the last forty years and newly acquired by Tate. The variety of the collection provides many avenues for investigating the troubled history of the Soviet Union through different registers and media, and contrasting the optimism of official propaganda with the actuality revealed through documentation. Histories of artistic activities in the period have tended to continue a long-held fascination with the avant-garde alongside the complex politics of the revolutionary moment. The range of source material available invites a re-consideration of these narratives bringing them closer to the first-hand experience of the public consumption of posters, illustrated newspapers, periodicals and limited editions, prints and drawings as well as a rich archive of photographs.
Candidates should have a strong interest in modern art from Russia and the Soviet Union. Ability to read in Russian at a scholarly level is essential and familiarity with other languages of the region advantageous. It is also desirable that candidates should have a strong grounding in the visual culture or political histories of the region, and experience with independent archival research.
Please note that the award is subject to the AHRC’s terms, to which applicants should refer before applying (see the AHRC’s Research Funding Guide:http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Training%20Grant%20Funding%20Guide%202014-15.pdf
Note that overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards (except under specific circumstances) and EU students need to assess whether they are eligible for fees and maintenance or fees only. Details of current maintenance and fee rates can be found on the ‘Current Research Awards’ page on the AHRC website (http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Postgraduate-funding/Pages/Current-award-holders.aspx)
The AHRC doctoral award does not include funds for travel but please note that the student will be able to apply for external grants that would help to enable travel in the region.
Applications should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at The Courtauld Institute of Art and should include the following documents as electronic attachments in either MS Word or PDF format:
- A covering letter, stating why you are applying for this opportunity and why you think your academic interests qualify you for this award.
- A research proposal of 1,000 words in length.
- A curriculum vitae.
- A transcript of your qualifications to date (and anticipated results if still studying for an MA).
- A writing sample (e.g. MA essay or dissertation; images may be omitted if the document is too large otherwise to send by email).
- Contact details for two referees.
Note: Please ensure the files are labelled as follows: ‘surname, first name, application component (e.g. writing sample / CV).
Closing Date: 17 May 2015
Interview Date: 29 May 2015, at Tate Modern