Appel à candidature : « Studentship to research Pop Art in Eastern Europe, London »

Tate and the Royal College of Art in London are offered an AHRC-funded
studentship to research Pop Art in Eastern Europe.

The Critical Writing in Art and Design programme at the Royal College
of Art (RCA) and Tate in London seek to recruit a student to undertake
a PhD by thesis on the history of Pop Art in Eastern Europe.
Commencing in October 2012, this studentship is funded by the Arts and
Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme.

In 2015 Tate Modern will mount a major exhibition to explore the wide
geographical reach of Pop Art in the 1960s and 1970s. It will provide
a focus for new research into Pop’s core themes – including the rise
of consumerism and popular culture, and the languages, techniques and
currency of reproduced images – in Northern and Eastern Europe, North
America, Latin America and Japan.

Working towards a PhD, the student will research the production of Pop
Art in one or more countries under communist rule in the period as
well as the reception of ‘Western’ Pop there. (Eastern Europe is
defined here as the former Eastern Bloc states and Yugoslavia). The
knowledge and insights gathered by the student will contribute to the
selection of works for the Tate exhibition by the exhibition’s curator
and Tate supervisor, Jessica Morgan, as well as the programme of
public events and related online and print publications. The student
will also be supervised by professor David Crowley, a cultural
historian specializing in Eastern Europe at the RCA. S/he will join
the Critical Writing in Art and Design programme and benefit from the
classes and resources available to all research students at the RCA.

Applicants will need to scope a research proposal within the broad
parameters of the project. The doctoral student will be required to
identify one or more national context(s) for detailed investigation
through primary sources (original works of art, interviews,
documentary records) and to develop an approach which allows for
comparative investigation. Further details are available on request
by emailing the RCA Research Office at

The scholarship is for three-years, full-time study. It has been
funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The AHRC
Collaborative Doctoral Award in the 2012/2013 academic year provides
eligible students with a maintenance grant payment of £15,590 p.a. and
fees of £3,732 p.a. Please note that this award also includes the
Royal College of Art’s contribution to the top-up fee. EU applicants
without UK residency status can apply for this award but, if
successful, will only be entitled to a bursary covering the fees.
Further information on eligibility requirements is available from the
AHRC website:

The closing date for applications is 6 July 2012, and it is
anticipated that interviews will take place in the week commencing 16
July 2012.

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