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PhD studentship: 'The art of football'

13 July 2012

PhD studentship, 'the art of football'. The History of Art dept at the University of Bristol invites applications for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Football Musuem and the International Football Institute.

PhD Studentship

University of Bristol – History of Art dept, in partnership with the National Football Museum, Manchester and the International Football Institute at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA studentship commencing October 2012 on

The Art of Football: Representing the 'Beautiful Game' from the Foundation of the FA (1863) to the 'Football and the Fine Arts Exhibition' (1953).

The project will be supervised by Dr Mike O’Mahony, History of Art Dept, University of Bristol; Mr Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum; and Prof John Hughson, Director of the International Football Institute, UCLAN.

This three-year doctoral studentship aims to build upon recent interdisciplinary research examining the intersections between art history and the history of sport, to analyse the visual and material culture of football from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. The extensive, but to date relatively little researched, holdings of the National Football Museum will provide the core research material for this project. This will provide an opportunity for the successful applicant to address such key questions as: How extensive are representations of football in visual culture and what are the various forms that this work has taken?; What role have representations of football within the visual arts played in contributing to a wider understanding of both football and art at different historical moments?; Why have representations of football been marginalized within art historical studies and museum displays? Who have been the key practitioners in this field and what qualities define their engagement with football in visual culture? How has the deployment of diverse media (painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, etc) impacted upon the visual representation of football?; How have recent reassessments of the boundaries between so-called 'high' and 'popular' culture impacted upon broader understandings of both art and sport within the public domain?

Working closely with the National Football Museum, the project will also offer the potential to contribute towards innovative forms of display and public engagement.

The award pays fees and an annual maintenance grant (currently £14,140 per year), with the National Football Museum contributing £1000 to the student's research expenses. The usual AHRC eligibility rules apply to these studentships, including having an appropriate Masters degree by October 2012 and AHRC's residential requirements.

To apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form . Please select 'History of Art (PhD)' within the Faculty of Arts and enter the title of the studentship in the Research Details and Funding sections of the application form.

The closing date for applications is 27 August 2012, with interviews held in Bristol on 3 September 2012. Informal inquiries should be made to Dr Mike O’Mahony (


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