PhD Scholarship in In Conservation Specialising in Craft

A new PhD position in cultural studies is available at University of Gothenburg. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. This position is closed on September 01, 2019.

Doctoral student in in conservation, specialising in craft

The Department of Conservation carries out vocational education and research focusing on cultural heritage issues, landscape and cultural environments, buildings, gardens, and historic objects and interiors. In Mariestad, courses focus on building crafts and on garden and landscape crafts. In Gothenburg, building historians, restorers and managers within craft and cultural craftsmanship are trained.

Conservation requires expertise within a broad field of knowledge, including knowledge relating to natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. However, the care and development of cultural heritage also requires specific expertise for documentation, interpretation and analysis relating to the practice of craft.

The department's research is carried out within the entire field of conservation, encompassing matters relating to the material remnants of human activities, their immaterial value and significance, and society's ability to work for conservation and cultural heritage as resources in building a sustainable society. The Craft Laboratory in Mariestad - the national centre for crafts in conservation - focuses on craft as a form of immaterial cultural heritage and in relation to the management of cultural environments.

Cooperation between the department's various fields and between first- and third-cycle education, as well as national and international third-stream activities, are important components of the department's operations.

Within the subject field of conservation specialising in craft, research is carried out in and on craft. The first doctoral students specialising in handicraft were admitted within the subject of conservation in 2007. The Craft Laboratory was established in 2010, and operates in broad cooperation with public sector organisations at local, regional and national levels, with the aim of carrying out and supporting R&D activities within cultural environment craft. Craft research questions involve how practical experience can provide a deeper understanding of history and forgotten knowledge traditions in relation to buildings, gardens, landscapes, materials, tools, machinery and implementation processes. Research is carried out within craft and through craftsmanship. The focus is on the procedures of craft (actions and considerations), which are seen in relation to materials and desired product quality and functionality, in other words knowledge about how mankind deals with nature, materials and objects through manufacture, preservation or cultivation. Craft research uses these working processes as methods for investigation and analysis, with the results being reported through outputs such as craft products. Teaching staff and doctoral students at the Department of Conservation are linked to craft research in various ways through development work and thesis projects in which experienced craft workers play a central role.

Within the discipline ofconservation, methods of investigation, documentation and reconstruction are used to preserve cultural heritage or to gain a deeper understanding of the culture of the past. In recent years, new perspectives and methods have been introduced to the processes of documentation and reconstruction. Digital methods for documentation and reconstruction are becoming increasingly important, but the way in which these methods influence the transfer of knowledge and interpretation needs to be analysed. Through the perspective of craft, the documentation and reconstruction of craftsmanship takes place. This perspective emphasises practical experience and understanding in a new way as a basis for scientific knowledge production.

When no living practitioners of a craft tradition remain, the craft tradition is broken. However, evidence of the old tradition can be found preserved in surviving craft objects such as materials, tools, notes and journals. Within the project, the doctoral student will research how investigating, documenting and interpreting these materials can be used to reconstruct craft process from an older tradition and the past. Based on previous research, there is a need for more detailed analyses of the relationship between material objects and contemporary traditions, craft techniques, interpretations and reconstructions. The starting point for the doctoral project will be based on and further develop previously developed research methods combined with investigations, analyses and interpretations founded on practical craft expertise. These interpretations shall then be tested in the practice of reconstruction.

The doctoral student will develop investigation, documentation and reconstruction methods for craft. These methods will be developed to provide documentation for reconstruction of both the material and the immaterial, i.e. craftsmanship, processes and understanding of older crafts. This requires the project to relate in scientific theory terms to the transfer of knowledge where the material meets the immaterial, through critical interpretation and the doctoral student's ability to problematise what we are familiar and unfamiliar with, and to apply relevant theories and methods within the project. One objective is that the project should result in developed investigation, documentation and reconstruction methods that can also be applied within other fields of craft and research.

In order to be eligible, candidates must have completed a degree at second-cycle level within conservation, or have fulfilled course requirements totalling at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level within conservation, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge that is relevant for the planned education. The individual who is recruited should have knowledge and understanding of craft and be able to combine their expertise with broad general knowledge that is supported by theoretical knowledge from related disciplines. A background within e.g. craft, craftsmanship, ethnology, cultural studies or archaeology may thus be regarded as relevant for the position in question. For special eligibility, it is also required that applicants master English in speech and writing at an acceptable level for the planned education.

The selection of applicants who meet the basic and specific eligibility requirements will be based on the ability to assimilate the education at third-cycle level.

Type of employment: Temporary employment, HF 5 kap 7 Doktorandanstllning

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Conservation, Mariestad

First day of employment: As agreed

A third cycle education at our department will lead to the degree of doctor of philosophy in Conservation. This Doctoral Student is funded by the department.

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

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Deadline: September 01, 2019
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