National Maritime Museum/Cardiff University
Funded PhD studentship, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership,
Sailor Art: Maritime Making in the Long Nineteenth Century
Supervisors: Professor Holly Furneaux, Cardiff University and Sue Prichard, Curator of Decorative Arts, National Maritime Museum (NMM).
We seek applications from outstanding postgraduate students for this collaborative doctoral award, which will start in October 2017.
This project will situate objects produced by sailors at the heart of current scholarly debates about gendered work and creativity, military masculinity, and citizenship. It will be the first consideration of NMM’s rich holdings of sailor craft. Work produced by Navy personnel will be compared with that of civilian sailors, and contextualised alongside soldier making, to explore servicemen’s distinctive skills, creativity and experience in the context of shifting attitudes to masculinity, empire and patriotism through the long nineteenth century. This interdisciplinary PhD is informed by the supervisors’ specialisms in decorative arts, curating, military and cultural history, and masculinity studies to offer a new approach to this unique body of creative work. The appointed student will have the opportunity to enhance the Museum’s cataloguing and interpretation of these objects and to contribute to museum programming, such as public talks, educational outreach and, potentially, an exhibition co-curated with the projects’ supervisors.
The standard tuition fees and stipend (maintenance grant) will be paid by the AHRC to the award holder subject to the eligibility criteria outlined by them. The AHRC stipend for 2017/18 is £14553 (full-time, pro rata for part-time) plus an additional stipend payment of £550 for Collaborative Doctoral Students (TBC). The studentship lasts for three years full time, and includes an opportunity to apply for an additional six months of funding from the AHRC’s Student Development Fund. The National Maritime Museum will also provide up to £1,000 per year for three years (subject to agreement) to support the student’s research-related expenses such as travel costs.
Applicants should have: a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate discipline; a masters degree in an appropriate discipline, although applicants who do not hold a masters degree will be considered if they can demonstrate sustained and relevant experience and meet the criteria outlined in the AHRC guidelines;
To apply please send the following by email as a single document (Word or PDF) to: firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter.
- A current CV, including your academic qualifications to date and anticipated results if you are still studying.
- Two letters of academic reference to be included with the rest of your application.
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