Grant: Funded PhD Studentship opportunity in Heritage Studies at UCL

AHRC funded studentship: Assembling alternative futures for heritage-Archival futures/Future archives, – Ref:1449099
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is pleased to announce a three-year fully-funded PhD Studentship as part of this £2.4m Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project, to commence 1st October 2015. As well as full UK/EU fees, the successful applicant will receive full maintenance funding (UK/EU rate £ 13,863 for 2014/15, increasing annually), plus some expenses for approved research visits.
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale. The Institute is linked to key heritage organisations, museums and archaeological societies, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.
Assembling alternative futures for heritage is a large, international comparative exploration of heritage and heritage-like practices. The successful PhD student will join a  team of 10 researchers, 3 PhD students and twenty one academic and non-academic partners who will work together on this 4 year research programme. In addition, the student will potentially have the opportunity to undertake a short term funded placement with one of the eighteen non-academic partner organisations association with the research programme (see further details at This placement opportunity will be explored with the successful candidate based on their particular interests and those of the partners involved in the research programme.
Studentship Description
While the precise details of the PhD topic will be determined in collaboration with the successful applicant, the aim of the studentship will be to conduct a critical study of archives or archival technologies (conceived of broadly), which explores in comparative perspective how different ways of organising knowledge is integral to the production of different fields of knowledge itself. Projects might address, for instance, such topics as the history of archives or archival technologies and their role in mediation of the production of knowledge, or take an ethnographic approach to investigating the production and or contemporary uses of conventional or digital archival projects. This studentship relates directly to one of four work packages (Work Package 4, Conserving Diversity) within the research programme which deals specifically with questions of the conservation and maintenance of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity. There are opportunities to work directly here with project partners, or to bring in additional case studies. In relation to digital archives we are particularly interested in thinking of contemporary digitisation and digital platforms being both tools for conservation and preservation (though bringing in their own preservation concerns) and tools for access and use/re-use, enabling through different approaches to ordering and mediating knowledge, potentially radically different forms of knowledge productions, although potential candidates should not feel constrained by this in the selection of case studies to discuss.
The student will be supervised by Dr Rodney Harrison, Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies (and Principal Investigator on the Assembling alternative futures for heritage research programme) and Dr Andrew Flinn, Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History at UCL.
Person Specification
Potential applicants must have a Masters degree with an overall grade of 70% or better, with at least 70% for the dissertation.
Applications will normally be restricted to candidates from the UK and EU countries.
Contact name Lisa Daniel
Contact details
Closing Date 23 Feb 2015
Latest time for the submission of applications 4pm
Interview date 13th March 2015
Studentship Start Date September 2015
Further details of the position are available here
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