TECHNE AHRC PhD Studentships at the University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Project title 1: Cross-Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces, in Partnership with Falls Community Council

Project description:

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Brighton: “Cross-Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces”. This is offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Awards scheme. The partner institutions are the University of Brighton and Falls Community Council in West Belfast. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Graham Dawson and Professor Catherine Moriarty of the University of Brighton and Claire Hackett of FCC. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2018.

This project will investigate, evaluate and contribute to further development of the Dúchas Oral History Archive as a tool for conflict resolution and reconciliation in West Belfast. Established by Falls Community Council in 1999, the Archive gathers oral history interviews on the experience of the Northern Ireland conflict at the interfaces between the unionist Shankill and nationalist Divis, Clonard and Springfield areas. Over time, through peacebuilding work with working class communities across Belfast, it has developed a cross-community partnership for this work, creating opportunities for public and private conversations about history and memory within and between interface communities. The studentship involves critical exploration of the strategies and practices devised by Dúchas to build relationships across divisions and to acknowledge and deal with a conflicted history, and of the Archive’s role in the societal and policy conversation about the significance of storytelling work in dealing with the past. The studentship also involves detailed engagement with the narratives collected in the Archive, and will pioneer their use in making an interpretative history of experiences and memories of ‘place’ on both sides of the interfaces before, during and after the Troubles.

Contact for more information (within description field):

Full project details can be found here:

For further information please contact Professor Graham Dawson ( | +44 (0)1273 643301) or Tiarne Barratt at the Brighton Doctoral College on

Project title 2: Les Ballets 1933: Collecting, Exhibiting and Performing the Avant-Garde, in Partnership Brighton & Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton And Hove

Project description:

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship on the history of Les Ballets 1933 at the University of Brighton & the Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove. This award, tenable for three years and covering both fees and maintenance grant, is made by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The project, due to begin in October 2018 will be supervised by Professor Jeremy Aynsley and Dr Annebella Pollen (School of Humanities) at UoB and Martin Pel (Curator of Fashion & Textiles) and Dr Sarah Posey (Head of Collections, Interpretation and Learning) at RPMBH.

Les Ballets 1933 was a short-lived dance company that gave twenty performances of six ballets in the Théâtre de Champs Elysées in Paris and at the Savoy Theatre in London in the year 1933. Its director was Boris Kochno, formerly the secretary and scenarist for Serge Diaghilev, who had led the Ballets Russes until his death in 1929, and the choreographer George Balanchine. The venture can therefore be seen as a brief interlude between the Paris years of the larger company and the subsequent migration and dispersal of the group, mainly to the United States and South America. Unusually, Edward James, patron of the arts and specifically of Les Ballets 1933, who was active within Surrealist and avant-garde circles, saved the sets, props, costumes and ephemera from four of the six ballets, initially storing them at Monkton House, West Sussex before the collection was acquired through the Edward James Foundation by RPMBH in 1971. The collection forms the material basis for new primary research into a remarkable set of objects by designers and artists including André Derain, Christian Berard, Pavel Tschelitchew, Oliver Messel and Caspar Neher. The PhD will be the first in-depth analysis to place Les Ballets 1933 in a wider historical context while developing the contemporary relevance of Les Ballets 1933 for a local, national and international audience.

The project will involve working with relevant objects from the collections of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove, and materials in other archives, collections and libraries. There will be opportunities within the public progammes of RPMBH to present this research to wider audiences. The project forms part of an established and ongoing research collaboration between the Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove and the University of Brighton.

Contact for more information (within description field):

Full project details can be found here:

For further information please contact Professor Jeremy Aynsley ( | +44 (0)1273 878324) or Tiarne Barratt at the Brighton Doctoral College on

Funding for/amount:

Home UK students: The value of the stipend for 2018/19 is yet to be confirmed. However, it is likely to be £14,553 plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. Students can apply for an additional six months stipend to engage in extended development activities such as work placements. For more information visit:

As a TECHNE student, the person selected will have full access to the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 50 students per year from across seven universities in London and the south-east. See TECHNE students can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and development activities.

EU students are eligible for a fees only award

Hours (i.e. full-time/part-time): Full-time

Closes: 30th October 2017

How to apply:

Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than two pages), a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to no later than 5pm on 30 October 2017. All documents should be submitted in either a MS Word or PDF format. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – Les Ballets/Brighton studentship.’

Interviews are scheduled to be held in Brighton/Belfast the week beginning 13 November 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete an application to the Doctoral Programme at the University of Brighton.

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