PhD Studentship: Situations of Writing: Transforming How We Publish Art Practice

University of Southampton - Winchester School of Art

Research proposals are welcomed – using practice and/or theoretical and historical methods – that critically and creatively explore the transformations and transpositions of art practice through to print-based publications. There is a rich history of experimental publication spanning the twentieth century that has arguably been overlooked in our contemporary post-digital context. Photo-essays and other key publications from the early to mid-twentieth century emerged as important statements within the broader intellectual and political discourse. These publications were often distinctive for their complex interplay of word and image, alternative layouts, and new forms of writing and differing signification systems. The art critic and writer John Berger, for example, remains one of the most widely cited inspirations to the field of visual studies, yet contemporary art historians or specialists in visual culture appear unwilling to experiment similarly with the form and style of writing and production. In light of this problematic 'Situations of Writing' presents an opportunity to examine the methods and insights of creative practice as research, and as transformed into print-based publications.

Supervisors: Professor Sunil Manghani, Professor Ryan Bishop and Dr. Alessandro Ludovico.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references, proof of English language proficiency and a portfolio of work if you are applying for a practice based project.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Interviews of shortlisted candidates are likely to take place in w/c 19 March 2018.

The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

PhD Fine Art/Design:   

Please mention reference FBLA-ART-001 in the scholarship section of your application.

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