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AHRC PhD Studentship

Posted on 14/04/2013

 RHUL    BFIArtsHumanities          RGS

 Expeditionary Film, Geographical Science and Media Culture 

Fully-Funded AHRC PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD on the history of expeditionary film, geographical science and media culture. This studentship is one of three fully-funded awards made by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between the RGS-IBG and the Royal Society. The project will be supervised by Professor Felix Driver (Royal Holloway) and Dr Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG). The studentship, which is funded for three years full-time equivalent, will begin in September 2013. This project is supported by the British Film Institute.

The Studentship

The project will investigate the production, distribution and presentation of films made on successive Everest expeditions between 1922 and 1953. Drawing on unique archival film collections held by the BFI, the Everest expedition archives and related collections such as The Times archives, the research will consider the logistical and technical requirements of expeditionary film, including the role of Sherpa porters in film-making; the role of media sponsorship in shaping the presentation of expedition work; and how film was shown, and to what audiences, within the context of popular and scientific understandings of mountaineering in the period. The research will also consider the wider significance and potential uses of the Everest film archive. This involves consideration of the role of key organizations, including the RGS and the BFI, in developing a community of interest around geographical film in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to research in the unique Everest archives and in the associated BFI collection, the project will examine the potential of digital film in the context of public engagement and public memory.

How to Apply

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in geography, history, or other relevant discipline, and will need to satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements including Masters-level advanced research training or equivalent. Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience in working with archival film, though others are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a two-page curriculum vitae, a brief letter outlining your qualification for the studentship, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to: Professor Felix Driver, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX (f.driver@rhul.ac.uk)

Deadline and Interviews

Applications must be received no later than 8 May 2013 

Interviews are scheduled to be held in London on 17 May 2013.  For further details, contact Felix Driver (f.driverrhul.ac.uk)  



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