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Research Studentship: Images of China in the West

In conjunction with the National Media Museum, the University of Bolton wishes to offer a postgraduate research studentship for a suitable candidate to undertake research on relevant collections within the National Media Museum in the following areas:
Interpretations of China by nineteenth century European - chiefly British - photographers
Images of China prior to the Cultural Revolution
A comparative study of images of China from European and Chinese perspectives

Applicants should:
Hold a Masters level qualification in photography
Be fluent in spoken and written English and Mandarin
Be aware of European and Chinese cultural contexts
Have experience of research
Have experience of working as a photographer
Be able to work independently
Have a strong visual sense
Understand the history of photography
Be motivated and enthusiastic

The Yang Memorial Scholarship is for three years, subject to a satisfactory performance review at the end of twelve months.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th September 2009 at 12pm.

Interviews are expected to take place at the beginning of October.

Application forms and further details are available on request by emailing Susan Farrell: sf1@bolton.ac.uk. Alternatively, please telephone her on +44 (0)1204 903611 (no C.V.s accepted).

Yang Memorial Scholarship
Professor Yang Xiaoguang was Dean of the Dalian College of Image Art and a key influence in setting up the MA Photography at the University of Bolton that runs both in Dalian and Bolton. Tragically he was killed in a traffic accident in Nepal while teaching a photography workshop in 2008. Amongst many other interests Professor Yang had a keen interest in the study of Chinese photographic archives held outside of the country, many of which provide a unique visual insight into everyday life in China in periods when few Chinese photographers shared the same passion to document.

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