Information, Interaction and Interpretation in Museums and Galleries
Ph.D Studentship: King’s College London with the Royal Academy, London
King’s Business School, Doctoral Programme, King’s College London
Studentship start date: October 2019
Application Deadline: 22ndFebruary 2019
We seek applications for a studentship to undertake a Ph.D at the King’s Business School, King’s College London, in close collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The project will examine how visitors use information provided by museums and galleries, for example through labels, gallery cards and electronic devices, in exploring, discussing and interpreting works of art. It will focus on the interaction of visitors and the ways in which resources provided by museums and galleries inform how people engage works of art and participate within exhibitions. Data for the project will consist of audio-visual recordings of ‘naturally occurring’ conduct and interaction within museums and galleries augmented by field studies, interviews of visitors, curators and designers, and textual analysis. The project will also involve undertaking a series of small-scale, ‘experiments’ in actual exhibitions in which we make systematic changes to the information provided to visitors. The project will contribute to contemporary developments in studies of social interaction and in particular our understanding of how the sense and significance of art arises in and through talk, embodied conduct and the use of material and digital resources. It will also contribute to practice, – how the particular resources provided by museums and galleries bear upon the ways in which people engage art and participate in exhibitions. The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor Christian Heath, Dr Dirk vom Lehn (King’s College London) and Dr Maurice Davies (Head of Collections) Royal Academy, London.
Applicants should have a background in the social sciences and some familiarity with qualitative methods and research. The applicant is expected to have an interest in art and museums and galleries. The studentship may fund a one year MSc, followed by a three year studentship to undertake the Ph.D or if the applicant will have already secured an MSc. Or MA, then fund the undertaking the PhD only. We will only consider applicants that are expected to gain a 1stor at least an upper 2:1 in their final degree.
To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), you must be ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay, and have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship grant.
Further information on the eligibility criteria for full awards can be found on the UKCISA website: www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information–Advice/Fees-and-Money/Government-Student-Support
To find out more about of the studentship and the proposed project please contact either Professor Christian Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org)or Dr Dirk vom Lehn (email@example.com). The final deadline for applications is 22ndof February 2019 but we would very much welcome applications before that date.
LISS DTP (firstname.lastname@example.org) can answer any general questions regarding the application process, core methods training requirements etc.
To be accepted, applications must include:
- a completed ESRC LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) Application Form
- a copy of your CV
- 2 academic references, or 1 academic and 1 professional reference (these should be sent directly to email@example.com by your referees)
- copies of transcripts for all relevant degrees
These materials should be sent BOTH to firstname.lastname@example.org and the project academic lead by the deadline.