M4C Open Awards with the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities

M4C Open Awards with the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities

Expression of Interest (EoI)

Would you like to do a fully-funded PhD with international experts in a diverse and exciting research environment? The Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC) at Coventry University is seeking expressions of interest for PhD projects awarded through the Midlands4Cities (M4C) consortium.

M4C studentships offer a fee waiver and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years (full time) or 7 years (part time), as well as access to training, additional funding, and networking opportunities. PhD study would commence in September 2022. Based on the promise of your Expression of Interest (EoI) and its alignment with our research interests, CAMC experts will support the development of your application.

Key dates

  • 8 November 2021 - Deadline to submit EoI

  • 15 November 2021 - Interviews begin

  • 12 January 2022 - Final deadline to submit M4C applications

What do you need to do?

  • Visit the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities' webpages and identify a supervisor with whom you would like to work.
  • Submit a draft proposal of up to 1,000 words and your CV via email.
    If you are thinking of a practice-led research project, please include examples of practice in your submission.
    Please label your documents EOIM4Cyoursurname_proposedsupervisorname

Deadline: 8 November 2021

Find out more about undertaking a PhD with CAMC on our Study With Us webpages.

We encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates keen on developing PhD research in the following research areas:

  • Art history (early modern to modern and contemporary)
  • Visual Cultures/Word and Image Studies
  • Cultural memory
  • Medical Humanities
  • Critical practices and curiatoral studies
  • Discourse analysis of communities of practice
  • Art and design in health and well-being
  • Classical, ancient, and early modern literatures and cultures
  • History (ancient to modern)
  • Gender, women, and theories of the body (from antiquity to the posthuman)
  • Materiality and material culture
  • Creative practice research
  • Participatory practices
  • Socially engaged photography
  • Professor Patricia Phillippy is interested in receiving proposals in early modern English literature and material culture, particularly for research studying the the critical entanglement of gender, memory, mortality and environment. Patricia’s specialisms include early modern women’s writing,  manuscript studies, material artefacts, critical medical humanities and theories of embodiment. Projects that explore new materialist, ecological, or posthuman approaches to early modern subjects are especially welcome.

  • Dr Victoria Leonard, FRHistS, is interested in supervising PhD projects in late antiquity, early Christianity, gender-based violence in antiquity, late antique historiography, Orosius and the Historiae adversus paganos, and gender, women, and theories of the body in antiquity. Victoria is happy to collaborate in supervisory teams at Coventry University and other Higher Education Institutions across the UK.

  • Professor Sheena Gardner is interested in receiving proposals that involve the analysis of discourses of specific communities of practice. She has specific strengths in the analysis of academic English using genre theory and corpus linguistics, but supervision interests extend to health, political and religious communication using a range of discourse analytical tools including appraisal theory,systemic functional linguistics, and metaphor analysis. Projects that aim to understand discourses of communities associated with CAMC themes are especially welcome.

  • Professor Juliet Simpson, FRSA, FRHistS is interested in receiving proposals in art history, medieval/early-modern to modern and contemporary and in visual and material cultures of memory and cultural identity (modern and contemporary periods). Her specialisms include art and its publics; transnational art and display cultures; art and memory sites; body and image; afterlives of medieval and early-modern visual cultures in object, text and image; visual anthrolopogies and museum cultures.  Prof. Simpson is particularly interested in hearing from candidates with inter- and transdisciplinary interests in these and cognate disciplinary areas.

  • Dr Imogen Peck is interested in receiving proposals in early modern British social and cultural history, early modern memory, and the memory of war and conflict more broadly. Her specialisms include memory and commemoration, the experience of civil war and post-conflict societies, early modern social history, history of women, gender and the family, and archival culture. Imogen is happy to collaborate in supervisory teams at Coventry University and other Higher Education Institutions across the UK.

  • Dr Daniel Anderson welcomes proposals in any aspect of Ancient Greek literature and its reception. His specialisms include choral poetry and notions of the chorus; the symposium and sympotic performance; comedy and theatre traditions across the ancient Mediterranean; literary and inscribed epigram; and the ancient poetry book. Daniel is happy to collaborate in supervisory teams at Coventry University and other Higher Education Institutions across the Midlands4Cities consortium.

  • Professor Carolina Rito is keen to work with practice research PhDs in curatorial studies, contemporary art, visual and material cultures, critical epistemologies in the arts, and decolonial studies. Carolina is a researcher and curator whose work explores ‘the curatorial’ as an investigative practice, expanding practice research in the fields of curating, visual arts, visual cultures and cultural studies. Carolina is happy to collaborate in supervisory teams at Coventry University and other Higher Education Institutions across the Midlands4Cities consortium.

  • Anthony Luvera welcomes proposals for practice research PhDs centered around socially engaged photography; community photography; socially engaged art; participatory practices; visual literacy; photography and collaboration; photography and social justice; visual methods; and visual cultures. Anthony is an artist and researcher whose work is described as participatory, collaborative or socially-engaged, invested in co-production, facilitation, pedagogy and collaboration. Anthony is happy to collaborate in supervisory teams at Coventry University and other Higher Education Institutions across the Midlands4Cities consortium.

  • Professor Louise Moody specialises in the application of design and human factors approaches to health, well-being and inclusion. She would welcome discussion with applicants interested in studying in these, or closely related areas. Louise is also happy to collaborate in supervisory teams with other Higher Education Institutions across the Midlands4Cities consortium.

  • Dr Samantha Clarke is a specialist in the design and development of serious games, simulations and gamification applications for education, health, business and governance. As both a practice-based researcher and designer/developer, she would welcome applications that apply games-based approaches.

  • Professor Hilary Nesi is interested in receiving proposals that involve the analysis of discourse for specific professional and/or academic purposes, or the design and use of dictionaries and reference tools for these specific purposes. Her specialisms include corpus linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, appraisal theory and meta-lexicography.

What happens next?

If you are successful, we will ask you to submit an application for PhD study at Coventry through the PGR+ application system. We will also invite you to interview during the week commencing 15 November 2021.

For PGR enquires, please contact Sheena Gardner.

Read entry requirements in the M4C application page.

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