ERC funded Doctoral Studentship - 'Petrifying Wealth. Religious buildings in Zamora, 11th-13th Centuries : building processes, forms and functions'

University of Warwick - Department of History of Art

ERC funded Doctoral Scholarship: 'Petrifying Wealth. Religious buildings in Zamora, 11th-13th Centuries: building processes, forms and functions'.

University of Warwick and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid.

This is a three-year doctoral studentship fully funded by the ERC. The student will be based at the CSIC in Madrid, and at the University of Warwick, thus enabling the student to gain additional valuable experience outside a university environment.

The project will focus on the stone buildings of the city of Zamora, based on the cathedral and series of Romanesque churches built between c.1050-1300. The student will carry out detailed study of the fabric of the buildings to investigate the means and methods of construction, the sourcing of materials and the organisation of the labour-force. The project forms part of a European-wide study, Petrifying Wealth that examines the structural transformation of the landscape in which stone building became the norm. It was a transformation that led to the birth of a new, long-lasting panorama and helped in the creation of individual, collective, and regional identities: a landscape epitomising the way we still see the space and territory of Europe today. seeks to rewrite the social history of the central Middle Ages, emphasizing the need to reassess from an untried perspective an element that has always been present in our vision of the medieval period—the sudden ubiquity of masonry construction—but which has hardly been given the opportunity to provide in-depth explanations for complex social dynamics. This project seeks to offer novel explanations to previously unasked questions about wealth, building, and collective identity through the study of churches in Zamora.

The PhD will be supervised through the Art History Department at Warwick University by Dr Jenny Alexander, and by Dr Therese Martin at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid (CSIC). The student will be based in Madrid, have the status of a pre-doctoral fellow at the CSIC and will be expected to participate in CSIC activities.

Applicants ideally should have a First Class Honours degree in History of Art or a related discipline and a distinction-level Master’s degree in History of Art or a related discipline. Although English is widely used at the CSIC, working knowledge of Spanish will be needed.

Applications should include a statement of not more than 1,000 words indicating what skills and experience they will bring to the project, a current CV, a transcript of qualifications to date (and anticipated results if you are still studying for your MA), two letters of recommendation plus a writing sample (either a full essay or MA dissertation).

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2018 with interviews to be held in April 2018 and should be made via the University of Warwick online application form.  Please make clear in your online application that you are applying for the Petrifying Wealth studentship.

If you wish to discuss the project in more details please email:

Funding Maximum: This studentship covers full tuition fees and offers an annual maintenance stipend of 22,350 Euros, rising to 27,000 Euros for 3 years, includes a fee waiver and is open to Home/EU students only.

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