The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

PhD Opportunity - Short Deadline!

A rare opportunity for a funded PhD studentship with CRUMB/ interdisciplinary. Please distribute. Previous applicants are very welcome to apply.

Northumbria and Sunderland Universities operate a collaborative AHRC Block Grant Partnership to support quality research and professional training in the Arts & Humanities. Studentships cover stipend and fees subject to eligibility criteria, and are available for uptake from September/October 2012.

The successful candidate will join an Art and Design research area judged to have World-Leading and Internationally Significant research outputs in the recent Research Assessment Exercise, and with particular experience of Practice-Led research.

The successful candidate will join a curating research area CRUMB, judged to have World-Leading research outputs, and with a history of research partners including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (New York) and Lancaster University. To enable interdisciplinary research, CRUMB collaborates with supervisors from research areas in Design (including Design4Science), Photography, Video and Digital Imaging, and Computing. Research proposals are therefore welcome on any of a range of current issues for curating art, and are welcomed whether they address new media art, or other forms of contemporary art or design.

Works which use new media invite a questioning of materiality, space and time, through their use of networks, interactivity, participation, internationalism, and generative processes. These characteristics can also inform the wider field of contemporary art and design, including live art, design, and socially-engaged art, and so offer exciting opportunities to rethink the ways in which curators work. Research proposals are welcome on any of a range of current issues for curating art – including the work's production, exhibition, reception, documentation and historicisation.

Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 9 March 2012. 

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