Opportunity: AHRC-Funded collaborative doctoral studentship

On 01/04/2014 by CFCCA Administrator



The Other Stage: Curating Chinese Contemporary Art in the UK


Birmingham City University (BCU) and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) are pleased to announce the availability of an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award for an October 2014 start.


This proposal concerns a collaboration between Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, BCU and CFCCA in Manchester. CFCCA is now at a pivotal point working nationally extending knowledge about Chinese art and developing conversations and debates about the meaning of ‘China’s Century’ and the global shift east. This timely project will provide a unique case study to develop a practice-led curatorial research critically examining contemporary Chinese art through cultural and socio-political perspectives. This project aims to understand CFCCA’s strategies and to reassess the significance of curating, interpreting, and defining Chinese contemporary art in the West, and to explore the value of Chinese contemporary art, engaging local and national communities in the UK. The principal outcome will be new contribution to knowledge and understanding regarding the complex relationship between Chinese contemporary art and its multi-cultural audiences in the UK and in the West based on a specific case study of CFCCA. It will extend to a critical examination on the ‘art’ within an ‘other’ cultural context, its curatorial strategy and translatability and will develop a coherent theoretical perspective on the curatorial practice.


The project will be jointly supervised by Jiang Jiehong, Professor of Chinese Art at Birmingham City University, and Sarah Fisher, Director of the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester).


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates from a range of disciplines including contemporary art, curating, museum studies, art education and visual and cultural studies or a related area where candidates are able to demonstrate the application of their existing knowledge and discipline to the research aims.


For further information about eligibility and the application process please visit:



Further details of CFCCA can be found at:



Collaborative Doctoral Awards provide support for three years of full-time study leading to a doctoral degree. A full award includes tuition fees and a maintenance grant. The maintenance grant will meet the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend level set by the UK Research Councils, for 2013/14 (last year) this is £13,726.


Enquiries should be directed to biadresearch@bcu.ac.uk



The deadline for applications is Friday 30th May 2014

Interviews for those shortlisted will take place on Wednesday 11th June 2014

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