The cameraman’s experience of the Second World War: a study of the Army Film and Photographic Unit’s ‘dope sheets’
AHRC PhD Studentship in collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Durham University
Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University: “The Army Film and Photographic Film Unit, 1941-1945”. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are Durham University and the IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Jo Fox and Dr James Smith at Durham University, and Fiona Kelly of IWM. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2017.
IWM holds a collection of more than 20,000 records referred to as ‘dope sheets’ – unique documents created by members of the Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) during the Second World War, that meticulously outline the content of each reel of film the cameramen shot, in some cases concentrating on technical aspects and factual information. The films they document record operations of the British Army in various theatres of war – from North Africa, Italy, North-West and Central Europe, to the Balkans and the Far East. Our understanding of events such as the Battle of El-Alamein, the D-Day landings, the crossing of the Rhine and the liberation of Bergen-Belsen has been shaped by the visual records captured by the cine cameramen and stills photographers of the AFPU. The little-known dope sheets reveal the creator’s view of unfolding events. Often seen as supplementary records, rather than as significant historical documents in their own right, this resource has not been the subject of study before, and therefore offers a unique opportunity for original research in uncharted territory.
How to Apply
Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in history or another relevant discipline, and will need to satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements including Masters-level advanced research training or equivalent.
Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship.
Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship, transcripts of undergraduate and masters qualifications, and two academic references to Kelly Groundwater (email@example.com)no later than 5pm on 7th May 2017. Please note it is the responsibility of applicants to request references from their referees and ensure that they have been received by the Department of History by this deadline. All documents should be submitted in either a MS Word or PDF format. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – IWM/Durham studentship.’
Interviews are scheduled to be held in London on 15 May 2017.
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