AHRC/English Heritage Doctoral Award: Deaf Heritage and the Built Environment

In 2015 English Heritage is supporting a PhD in Deaf Heritage under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. At this stage we are looking for a Higher Education Institution to partner with ahead of choosing a student to complete the PhD. This will be chosen through an open tender process. The University administers the studentship, receiving funds from the AHRC for fees and to cover the student’s maintenance. English Heritage will provide additional financial support to cover travel and related costs in carrying out research. I would be most grateful if you could circulate the information below around your academic networks and to encourage them to apply to partner with us on this exciting doctoral opportunity. If you or a colleague are interested in undertaking this PhD, please encourage your university to apply to co-supervise it with us by 28th November 2014.

English Heritage is looking to further explore the relationship between deaf people and England’s built heritage. A project, Disability in Time and Place launched in 2012 which charted the relationship  between disabled people and the built environment from the early medieval period to the present day. As part of this wide ranging research, it became clear that very little was known about buildings designed by, designed for, adapted for and used by disabled people.  This studentship could focus on any aspect of deaf heritage in any period as long as the PhD researches the specific architectural or landscape features that arise due to use or design by deaf people. For example; modern churches for deaf people have the pulpit at the east end of the church to ensure better lighting for lip or sign reading.  It would be interesting for the research to chart if, and how far, any unique or different architectural features for deaf people can be unearthed, and how these have changed over time. It would also be important for the research to uncover buildings of significance to deaf heritage either architecturally or in terms of cultural heritage that might not be well known. See http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/training-and-skills/work-based-training/collaborativeresearch/coellaborativedoctoral/ and http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/content/imported-docs/a-e/CDPinfo.pdf for more details.

For more information, contact:

Rosie Sherrington (rosie.sherrington@english-heritage.org.uk)

Senior Social Inclusion and Diversity Adviser

Government Advice, English Heritage

1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn

London EC1N 2ST

Tel +44 (0) 20 7973 3167

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