AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Collaborative Doctoral Award: ‘The Bluecoat, Liverpool and social mobility into the arts, 1960s – present’

Description

Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship at the University of Liverpool to start October 2022.

The studentship will be supervised by Dr Peter Campbell, based in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Dr Sam Caslin based in the Department of History, and Bryan Biggs, Director of Cultural Legacies at the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre.

This interdisciplinary studentship will examine the role of the Bluecoat in enabling social mobility into artistic and cultural careers. The research will use a comparison of three historical moments that have been identified in existing literature as important for cultural production in Liverpool: the 1960s, the 1980s, and the 2000s. These are decades when Liverpool’s artistic and cultural networks enjoyed individual and collective acclaim from public and critical audiences, associated with prominent working-class artists. Yet there has, to date, been little research understanding the role of institutions in supporting and enabling those from working-class origins to ‘make it’ into the predominantly middle-class world of the arts.

The project will blend sociological methods such as quantitative analysis of secondary datasets on social mobility and the construction and analysis of social networks, and historical approaches such as archival research and oral history. It will also require understanding of literature from each discipline, covering the cultural history of class discourses and the sociological analysis of the changing class composition of British society. Discrete case study periods will allow a focus on specific exhibitions and projects, and individual artists’ careers, alongside the comparative macro-sociology of artistic and cultural careers.

The successful candidate will have prior interests in the arts, the sociology of class and modern history, and will conduct original research to generate primary data in addition to utilising resources and archives available at the Bluecoat alongside wider secondary data sources. The researcher will also identify impact pathways and opportunities to work with the Bluecoat to disseminate their findings (for example, exhibitions, conferences, policy papers).

Eligibility Criteria: As this is a three year studentship, applicants must hold (or expect to soon be awarded) a Masters degree in a relevant subject, which includes a significant component of training in relevant research methods. UK or international applicants are welcome.

Funding: Funded students, whether UK or international, will be eligible for an award which includes a stipend to support living costs (currently £16,159 per annum - 2022/23 rates TBC), and fees paid at the standard UKRI home fee rate (currently £4,500 per annum - 2022/23 rates TBC) for 3.5 years.

How to Apply: For more information about the department, and details of how to apply please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/degrees/sociology-and-social-policy/  

Candidates should prepare:

  • An academic CV (max. 2 pages, minimum font size 11pt)
  • Two references (one of which should be from your most recent academic tutor/supervisor)
  • A copy of first degree and Master’s degree certificates and transcripts (or anticipated grade)
  • A research proposal (maximum 1000 words) outlining your vision for this PhD project and your suitability for the studentship.

For further information on the application process, or to submit applications, contact  quoting reference ‘Bluecoat’. Informal enquiries about the project can be sent to Dr Peter Campbell () and Dr Sam Caslin ().

Applications must be submitted before 5pm on February 11th 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by February 18th, and interviews will be held on March 4th. Travel costs for interviewees will be reimbursed.

The University of Liverpool values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. For this studentship, we welcome people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in academic institutions. As a result of this focus, the project team will be happy to answer inquiries ahead of the final submission deadline.

 

Availability

Open to students worldwide

Funding information

Funded studentship

Funded students, whether UK or international, will be eligible for an award which includes a stipend to support living costs (currently £16,159 per annum - 2022/23 rates TBC), and fees paid at the standard UKRI home fee rate (currently £4,500 per annum - 2022/23 rates TBC) for 3.5 years.

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