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PhD opportunity: Collecting UK Digital Comics: Social, cultural and technological factors for cultural institutions

University Of The Arts London

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Tuitions Fee and £17,559 annual maintenance or part-time equivalent (subject to eligibility)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 6th June 2019
Closes: 3rd July 2019

Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part time

Requirements: Undergraduate and postgraduate qualification in relevant subject, or equivalent experience working in libraries or publishing related to comics.

University of the Arts London and the British Library are both committed to encouraging applications from the widest range of potential students. Our research and collections reflect the diversity of life and culture in the UK, and we welcome applications from candidates that help to broaden our collective knowledge and experience.

Desirable: Active interest in reading and/or creating digital comics

Application deadline: 3 July 2019

Interviews: 16 July 2019

Programme start: 23 Septemer 2019

The British Library (BL) and University of the Arts London are delighted to offer a fully-funded PhD studentship (including fees and living allowance) on the research theme of Collecting UK Digital Comics: Social, cultural and technological factors for cultural institutions.

The research theme

This PhD will focus on content policy: the questions that shape decisions taken by cultural institutions in building digital collections. Your research will look at cultural, social and technological factors that influence what libraries collect and how they build collections and make them available. This will include:

  • Research into definitions for digital comics and web comics, taking into account the differences between digital comics. For example, comics that are adaptive, hypertextual, interactive, multimedia, motion-based and experimental, as well as more conventional examples.
  • An analysis of how form and features interact with (and influence) subject matter, and how this reflects social and cultural change.
  • Research into practice across different cultural institutions, including how ethical questions raised by the content of digital comics are resolved.
  • Strategies and rationales for collecting within cultural institutions.

Your research will include engagement with digital comics creators and publishers, as well as with collecting institutions and readers. 

You will become part of a vibrant cohort of collaborative doctoral researchers and benefit from staff-level access to BL collections, resources and training programmes, including the opportunity to participate in courses run by the in-house Digital Scholarship Team. You will also benefit from the dedicated programme of professional development and networking events delivered by the Library in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated with the AHRC CDP scheme.

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