Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) are delighted to announce four new studentship opportunities for 2020 in partnership with University of Bristol, Queen Mary University of London, Birkbeck and the School of Advanced Study. Full details of the studentships on offer are included below. We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for a CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply for our studentships (subject to standard AHRC eligibility requirements).
The studentships are funded for 3 years and 9 months (45 months) full-time or part-time equivalent. The studentship has the possibility of being extended for 3 months to more provide professional development opportunities, or up to 3 months of funding be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up professional development opportunities.
For general enquiries about Oxford University GLAM Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships please contact Dr Harriet Warburton, GLAM Research and Impact Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For enquiries about specific projects please contact the project supervisors as detailed.
The Duchess of Botany: Mary Somerset, Jacob Bobart, and the Formation of the Oxford Botanic Garden
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum (OBGA) are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from October 2020. The studentship directly complements attention to OBGA’s heritage in preparation for celebrating the Botanic Garden’s 400th anniversary in 2021 by exploring key aspects of its early history. Research will examine the material and intellectual networks that supported the development of its plant collections and institutional structures during the later seventeenth century, with a particular focus on two intriguing figures: the elite female botanical collector, Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort; and the Botanic Garden’s second superintendent, Jacob Bobart the younger.
This studentship will begin on 1 October 2020 (tbc) and will be jointly supervised by Professor Simon Hiscock (OBGA) and Dr Richard Coulton (QMUL).
For full details of the studentship, including further particulars and how to apply, please follow the link to the advert on the QMUL website.
Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Dr Richard Coulton at email@example.com.
Application deadline: this post will be readvertised in summer 2020; date tbc
Interview date: date tbc
Biocultural knowledge, power and poetics in South American featherwork
Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from October 2020. The focus of this doctoral project is on South American featherwork in the Pitt Rivers Museum (PRM) collections. While visitors gazing at the featherwork displays in the PRM might marvel at the sheer variety of objects’ forms, sizes and colours, the multitude of links between particular artefacts, peoples and places remain hidden; visitors are unable to discern and trace specific object histories, meanings and geographies. Exploring South American featherwork in the PRM collections, this interdisciplinary, practice-based doctoral project will seek to develop ways of telling histories of specific objects that shed light not only on the historical processes of collection in the field and the ‘lives’ of the objects in the museum, but also on contemporary debates on Indigenous cultural identity, sovereignty and heritage rights, as well as the dynamic relationships among Indigenous peoples, birds, and environments. This pioneering interdisciplinary project aims to provide understanding of these feathered objects as historical biocultural objects, which afford ways of telling the histories in which biodiversity emerges.
This studentship will begin on 1 October 2020 and will be jointly supervised by Dr Laura Van Broekhoven (Pitt Rivers Museum) and Professor Luciana Martins (Birkbeck, University of London).
For full details of the studentship, including further particulars and how to apply, please follow the link to the advert on the Birkbeck website.
Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Professor Luciana Martins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications: extended until Friday 20 March 2020 by midnight GMT
Deadline by which all references must be submitted: Wednesday 25 March 2020
Interview date: Monday 30 March 2020 (NB changed from 27 March)
Creating the first Europeans
The University of Bristol (Department of Classics and Ancient History) and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford (Department of Antiquities), are pleased to announce a fully funded doctoral grant, conducting research on the Sir Arthur Evans Archive and related Aegean Bronze Age collections in the Ashmolean Museum.
Over 100 years ago Sir Arthur Evans began excavating The Palace of Minos at Knossos, discovering a Bronze Age culture that he dubbed 'Minoan'. He presented Minoan Crete as the first European civilisation, a modern, sophisticated and imperialistic society. This vision was outlined in numerous publications, especially 'The Palace of Minos' (1921-35), and through contemporary displays in the Ashmolean Museum and beyond. The Palace of Minos was the name Evans gave the monumental building he excavated and reconstructed in concrete. Both publication and archaeological site still stand as a monument to Evans' work but recently many of his ideas have faced scrutiny.
By examining Evans's unpublished writings, publications and acquisitions held in the Sir Arthur Evans Archive at the Ashmolean, the student will assess how Evans' vision of the Minoans developed in the early 1900s. Main research questions: To what extent did Sir Arthur Evans' vision of the Minoans change over time and why? What was the role of the objects in Evans' possession in forming this vision? Conversely, how did his vision affect the presentation and publication of Minoan material culture?
This studentship will begin on 1 October 2020 and will be jointly supervised by Professor Nicoletta Momigliano and Dr Shelley Hales, University of Bristol and Dr Andrew Shapland and Dr Eleanor Standley, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.
For full details of the studentship, including further particulars and how to apply, please follow the link to the advert on the Bristol website.
Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Nicoletta Momigliano (email@example.com) or Andrew Shapland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline: Monday 30 March 2020 by midday BST
Interviews: Monday 11 May 2020
Early Modern Copper Plates at the Bodleian Libraries
The Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London) and the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from October 2020.
Research will examine the origins and curatorial history of engraved and etched copper plates within the Bodleian’s collections, addressing historical and contemporary questions raised by the preservation of these three-dimensional printing matrices within a special collections library. The focus will be on 750 engraved and etched copper plates from the 17th and 18th centuries, part of the major collection of medieval manuscripts, books, and other antiquarian material bequeathed by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). The Rawlinson copper plates are part of a larger group of over 2000 intaglio printing plates preserved in the Bodleian Libraries.
The project will begin on 1 October 2020 and will be jointly supervised by Dr Elizabeth Savage (SAS) and Dr Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian).
A full description of the project objectives and application process is available in the Further Particulars on the Institute of English Studies website.
Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Elizabeth Savage (Elizabeth.Savage@sas.ac.uk) and Dr Alexandra Franklin (Alexandra.email@example.com) before preparing an application.
Application deadline: Thursday 16 April 2020 by 5pm BST
Interview date: Thursday 30 April 2020