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PhD Studentship: The Responses to the Medieval in art, architecture and heritage in the interpretation of heritage in Coventry, c.1900-c.1960

University of Warwick - History of Art

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th April 2019
Closes: 14th June 2019

The studentship will investigate the significance of medieval heritage reception in Coventry, via the period’s constructs of national patrimony, and its relationship with transforming discourses of history, heritage, identity, art and community, including those connected to Coventry's School of Art and Design. This would also encompass a study of public and planning authorities’ responses to its medieval heritage in the period from the early to mid-twentieth century. In particular, the PhD will consider the reception of Coventry’s medieval architectural, archaeological, visual and decorative arts heritage during the period leading up to and during the post-war rebuilding of the city. In particular it will investigate the period of transformation, planned during the 1930s and executed after the Second World War, against the developing national concept of heritage. It will offer a case-study of pivotal ways in which this pre-modern past was excavated, historicised, restored, visualised and mediated (by artists, writers and cultural institutions), to develop new knowledge of this medieval past in constructing modern responses to Coventry’s sites of memory. The PhD will examine their archaeological and cultural implications both in reframing identities of ‘modern’ Coventry, and in contexts of cultural shifts in the reception and recreation of medieval art and architectural heritage.

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