PhD Studentship: Transforming Luxury?

University of Southampton - Winchester School of Art - Winchester Luxury Research Group

Luxury as a concept is in urgent need of re-thinking. Traditional formulations of luxury can no longer encompass its global reach nor its growing critical and philosophical examination. Contemporary manifestations of luxury are undergoing a process of transformation both physically and conceptually and this process in turn is transforming the way we think about society. Critical Luxury Studies asks us to redefine and expand our understanding of this increasingly used, yet simultaneously, enigmatic term.

What might luxury look like in the future? What can we learn from earlier conceptions of luxury? What is the relationship between luxury and the immaterial, luxury and connoisseurship? How can we negotiate the relationship between luxury and the public, the personal, the political, the performative?  Is luxury entirely subjective or can we achieve a consensus as to its defining elements and just how porous have the boundaries between the luxury object and the luxury experience become? Can literary, philosophical and historical equivalences to luxury such as ease, magnificence, ephemerality, rarity, the exotic, the arcane, even the decadent help us to fathom contemporary luxury’s depths?

Supervisors: Professors Jonathan Faiers and Joanne Roberts.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years.
  • 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 and proof of English language proficiency.
  • 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.

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How to apply

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

PhD Fine Art/Design:   

Please mention reference FBLA-ART-010 in the scholarship section of your application.

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