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PhD Studentships: European Centre for Photographic Research (eCPR) / Wales (updated)

The European Centre for Photographic Research (eCPR), Newport, is offering two PhD studentships in conjunction with other partners: 

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru-National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, is offering one PhD studentship full-time maintenance grant of £13,590 plus tuition fees from September 2012 for up to 3 years. The studentship is designed to support research undertaken within the photographic collections of the Library in relation to eCPR’s research strands.

The Library has extensive photographic holdings particular to the social documentary of Wales ranging from pioneering experiments in the medium during the 1840s and 50s, to date. It is expected that the successful candidate’s research will contribute to the interpretation, cataloguing and digitisation of the Library's extensive collections. Candidates for the studentship should have strong interests in the multiple currency of photographs within libraries and have already undertaken work in museums, libraries or archives at post-graduate level. An interest in either: photographic histories and wider visual cultures of Wales, curating, photography and the book, digitisation, and the representation of nationhood would be advantageous.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales offers one 3-year full-time PhD studentship of £13,590 per year, plus tuition fees, from September 2012. The project will link key strands within eCPR’s research expertise to the historical photographic collections of the Museum. With the support of a major gift from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Museum has recently begun a significant programme of research, digitisation and public dissemination centred on a wealth of hitherto unresearched historic photographic holdings. The successful candidate’s research will contribute to the interpretation, cataloguing and digitisation of this diverse and unique resource.

Candidates for the studentship should have strong interests in the evolving and shifting status of photographs within museums as art, artefact and document, and experience of postgraduate-level work in museums or archives. An interest in either: photographic histories and wider visual cultures of Wales, curating, photography and The Museum, digitisation, and the representation of nationhood would be advantageous.

Further details of eCPR’s research activity can be found here: www.newport.ac.uk/research/ResearchGroups/ecpr
The successful candidates will be expected to submit a completed PhD by the end of the award period in September
2015. There will be need for extensive work on site in both the Library and the Museum and to participate in eCPR’s research community. A willingness to engage with the Welsh language would also be welcome.

The doctoral supervisory team will include: Russell Roberts (russell.roberts@newport.ac.uk), Mark Durden and Ian Walker.

Application deadline: extended to 31 July 2012

Applications should be in the form of a single document (Word or PDF) including:
- CV
- Statement of proposed research (max 1,000 words)
- Personal statement on how the proposed research relates to your previous experience and
interests (max 500 words)
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be notified and interviews are expected to take place in
July
Applications should be sent via email to: Joan Fothergill – joan.fothergill@newport.ac.uk

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