Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Transforming Collections) X4



Research Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise
UAL - Various sites, London UK
Part time
Fixed Term
2 years (with possibility to extend up to a further 6 months)

19 May 2022 12:00

6 June 2022
£39,275.00 - £47,120.00 per annum (pro-rata)

Transforming Collections: Reimagining Art, Nation and Heritage is a 3-year project led by Dr susan pui san lok, UAL Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Decolonising Arts Institute. The project works closely with the Tate and 14 national and international collection and archive partners and is driven by our belief that a national collection cannot be imagined without addressing structural inequalities in the arts. The project aims to surface suppressed histories, amplify marginalised voices and re-evaluate artists and artworks ignored or side lined by dominant narratives.

To achieve our project aims we are seeking 4 Post-doctoral Research Fellows, experienced in researching art history and critical feminist decolonial theory. Research Fellows will collaborate with multiple stakeholders and will be responsible for co-designing and undertaking critical case studies of assigned collections. This will include co-designing and co-delivering participatory workshops/seminars to project partners and carrying out independent and collaborative academic reporting (conference/symposium papers and journal articles). 

You will be mentored by a Co-Investigator, participate in regular project team meetings and a peer support network of the project’s researchers. The role presents an exciting opportunity to develop your interdisciplinary research expertise, and develop skills and experience in collaborative, ethical and participatory workshop design and delivery. You will also have the opportunity to present and/or publish research in progress through the local, national and international spaces and networks generated by the project.

University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2022.The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of 6 equally renowned Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better a more sustainable world and championing race equality.

 We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance. 

Successful candidates will have PhD research or equivalent professional experience in a relevant area, such as in art historical, curatorial and museological research and practice-based research. In your application you will need to demonstrate specialist knowledge and active research in art history and critical feminist decolonial theory in relation to historical, modern and/or contemporary black artists’ practices from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives, where ‘black’ refers to the usage adopted in the AHRC Black Artists and Modernism project (2015-18), referring broadly to artists of African, Asian and MENA region descent based in Britain.

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