2 x SWW DTP Collaborative Doctoral Awards, Bristol
Bristol Archives (the former Bristol Record Office) now holds the extensive legacy collections of the former British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, now designated the British Empire & Commonwealth Collections (BECC). Two funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships are available from the AHRC-funded SWW DTP to support PhDs on the photographic holdings in particular (film collections in addition, but photography is the key focus). These will start next session. More details on the SWW DTP is below.
1. Private Lives of Empire
Insights into domestic and intimate experiences of empire, through photography and film collections. BECC contains substantial holdings of photograph albums and films from families who lived and worked in colonies across the British Empire. This project has the potential to make a significant contribution to the history of photography, visual culture, debates about colonial culture, history of the family, and of the intimate worlds of empire, but is not restricted to these areas.
Academic contact: Professor Robert Bickers, University of Bristol Robert.Bickers@bristol.ac.uk
2. Images of Colonial Authority and Violence
Displays of colonial authority, military images and records of colonial policing. Within the BECC archive are significant sets of visual material across film and photographic media recording displays of colonial power and authority, and the actions of colonial military and security forces. These are particularly rich for twentieth-century East Africa, but not restricted to this region. Work here could make a contribution to the history of photography, visual culture, decolonisation, colonialism s cultures, imperial masculinity, and military and policing history, and a range of other areas.
Academic contact: Professor Simon Potter, University of Bristol Simon.Potter@bristol.ac.uk
South West and Wales DTP Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs)
This year, the SWW DTP is issuing a call for applications for Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). Successful students will take up their awards in September 2018 with the SWW DTP. Each CDA will be connected to a specific external partner. Supervision will be carried out by a representative from that organisation and at least two academic supervisors from within the consortium. The lead supervisors are listed as contacts on the projects below. Potential students should contact the academic supervisor listed below in the first instance, with a view to submitting their application as part of the open competition for a SWW DTP studentship, which opens on Monday 27th November 2017 and closes on Thursday 11th January 2018, 11.59pm GMT. Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest to the academic supervisors listed below is 14th December 2017.