Photography and/as pedagogy

Studentships in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster

Three years, full time

£16,000 annual stipend plus fee waiver for three years amounting to £5,000 per year

The University Archive provides ample evidence that the University and its predecessor institutions have been at the forefront of innovations in both the technologies of photography and in its pedagogical implications.

The Royal Polytechnic Institution housed the first photographic studio in Europe, and both the Royal Polytechnic Institution and the Regent Street Polytechnic led on the development of numerous photographic processes, including experiments with colour photography. At the same time, throughout the history of these institutions, staff were involved in thinking about and directing the teaching of photography.

The archive is rich with materials vital to considerations of the relation between photography and pedagogy, particularly in the following areas:

  • the role of women in the dissemination of photographic practice
  • the shaping of the technology of photography by pedagogy
  • the shaping of the aesthetics of photography by pedagogy
  • the intersections of photography, education and class
  • a longitudinal study of the development of photographic pedagogical discourse
  • photography and moral education
  • the use of the photographic lantern in pedagogy
  • the links between photography at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring, the Royal Photographic Society and the Royal Geographical Society

The criteria for selection will be as follows:

  • Standard University entry criteria.
  • The studentship is open to both home/EU and overseas applicants, although the fee waiver will remain at £5,000 so the difference will need to be made up by overseas students themselves.
  • Preferably the studentship will go to an excellent proposal from a University of Westminster alumnus.
  • The successful proposed project will show evidence of intellectual excellence, of crossing and challenging disciplinary boundaries, and of making excellent use of the archive.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the doctoral research community of the Faculty and the University and to disseminating the significance of the archive both internally and externally.

If you have any questions on the project, please contact Dr Leigh Wilson at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

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