Institute of Archaeology


PhD Studentship: Making the Invisible Visible in the Contemporary Art Museum

24 May 2018

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Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship focusing on the contemporary art museum (Ref: 1727370) offered as a collaborative doctoral award between the Tate and the UCL Institute of Archaeology. The deadline for applications is 27 June 2018.

The proposed doctoral research will develop new knowledge about the potential benefits and pitfalls of communicating to audiences the work of the collection care and conservation teams in contemporary art museums. The key framing questions of this research will include:

  • What is the impact of making visible the work of a contemporary art museum's conservation and collection care teams to a general audience? 
  • How might making visible the private or behind the scences activities of the museum reshape boundaries between the included and excluded amoung potential audiences? 
  • What is at stake for the museum and its conservation and collection care practitioners?

The PhD will be registered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology under the supervision of Dr Theano Moussouri. It will be co-supervised at the Tate by Prof Pip Laurenson (Head of Collection Care Research).

Applicants may come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, conservation, social psychology), but it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to clearly explain the relationship between their existing training and the topic of the studentship, and indicate how their present research interests relate to the proposed topic area. Students who are able to show evidence of experience working on museum, art museum, heritage, archive or conservation related topics or fields (e.g. through previous work placements or work experience, etc) would be particularly welcome.

Each year the AHRC provides funding from the UK Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme enables non-HEI organisations with a strong track record in the Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) scheme, and supporting other doctoral students, to be allocated a cohort of CDA studentships for three academic years for which they will then be able to nominate projects with academic partners.

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