Exeter University Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council have awarded Exeter University in partnership with the Jurassic Coast team three doctoral studentships, commencing 1 October 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Each lasts for three years.  The overall theme of the extended programme is:

‘The Jurassic Coast and the arts of community engagement: heritage, science, policy and practice on a dynamic coastline'.

The programme aims to produce an in-depth investigation of the geographies of arts practice and policy through a sustained collaboration with the Jurassic Coast WHS Arts Programme.

Jonny Croose has now been studying The practices of carnival: communities, culture and place for a year and has succeeded in his upgrade. His research questions are:

  • What are the historical geographies of the carnivals close to the Jurassic Coast?
  • To what extent have elements of transgression, empowerment and resistance played a role in the movement and experience of the area's carnivals?
  • How is 'carnival' being used by the Jurassic Coast WHS Arts Programme as a vehicle for community cohesion and relational celebration, both along the coast and through UNESCO World Heritage Site networks?
  • How is the 'local' carnival heritage negotiated within the context of an internationally orientated festival that has a global audience?
  • How does the mobilisation of carnival in different policy agendas impact on community engagement and participation within the practice of carnival?
  • How does the transgressive nature of carnival and mobilization of arts practices within the event work through governance frameworks?

The second studentship studying ‘Stone Exposures: Photography, Landscape Change and Anticipatory Adaptation' (2011-2014) is now also underway. Rose Ferraby will be looking into how photography works to foster understanding of (and appreciation for) landscape change on the coastline, where frequent storm events, landslides and rockfalls both alter and maintain familiar locations, and produce new rock exposures. An historical element of the project will investigate situated practices of landscape photography as they developed through the late 19th and 20th century. A related contemporary element will work with the Exploratory Laboratory Project to examine the influence of photographic artists, the work of amateur photographers, and techniques (e.g. remote sensing) that scientists use to monitor the coastline.

The third studentship in this extended project is ‘Dynamic Arts Practices and the Geographies of World Heritage' (2012-2015). 

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