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PhD studentship: Between the Home and the Factory: South Asian Heritage and Industrial Work, 1960-Present / closes 15 February 2021

The project offers an exciting opportunity for a student to study British South Asian heritage in relation to factory work, leisure and domesticity and their photographic representations, using the Black Country Visual Arts’ Apna and Punjabi Workers photographic archives.

The BCVA digital archive is comprised of 2000 photographs, featuring street life, fashion and domestic material culture (1960s–Present), 36 photographs of Punjabi factory workers (1992) and is ever-expanding. Using archival research, oral history interviews and object analysis as key methods, the project will help shape understandings of the ways in which the material environments of the home and factory and preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, enabled the South Asian community in the Black Country to inhabit the diasporic space.

This fully-funded three-year PhD, funded through the Techne DTP will be jointly hosted by BCVA and the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton.

Further details and how to apply can be found at:

If you have any questions about the project, please contact the lead supervisor, Dr Megha Rajguru (

The deadline for applications is: Monday 15 February 2021 (16.00)


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