EU-Postgraduate student (Marie Curie grant) i Curating the city


Anställningsform: Tidsbegränsad anställning, 4 år

Omfattning: 100 %
Placering: Institutionen för kulturvård, Göteborg
Tillträde: 2017-04-01
Diarienummer: UR 2016/1216

The “CHEurope” project is a PhD training program supported by the EU under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) - Innovative Training Networks (ITN). CHEurope is the result of a collaboration between universities and heritage institutions in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Italy.

CHEurope focuses on developing a new integrated theoretical and methodological framework to enhance the academic and professional training and open future job opportunities in cultural heritage preservation, management and promotion. Bringing together a network of key European academic and non-academic organisations, the project will explore the processes by which heritage is ‘assembled’ through practice-based research in partner institutions that connect students to their future job markets and publics.

The aim is to inform more conventional aspects of cultural heritage designation, care and management with a strong focus on present and future consumers. The program is based on themes where cultural heritage is undergoing profound change, such as Heritage Futures, Curating the City, Digital Heritage, Heritage and Wellbeing and Management and Citizen Participation.

The program will start in April 2017. It offers 15 PhD positions in various fields of cultural heritage for a duration of 36-48 months.

Four of the PhD positions are in the theme Curating the city. One of these four is placed at the Department of Conservation, Gothenburg.

The Department of Conservation offers professional degree programs and research on issues of cultural heritage, landscapes, cultural environments, buildings, gardens, cultural historical objects, and interiors. We offer degree programs for building preservationists, conservators, and leaders in the fields of sloyd and traditional handicrafts, building construction, garden, and landscaping crafts. For more information, see Conservation demands expertise in a broad range of knowledge that includes fields in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Collaboration is an important component of what we do—collaboration among the different branches of the department, between degree programs and research, and with the surrounding society nationally and internationally.
Research in Conservation has developed along several lines

The theme ”Curating the city” focuses on how museums and heritage institutions in different European cities ”curate” the city’s past, present and future, in terms of defining, preserving and mediating urban heritage in a broad sense. This entails negotiation in conflicts over aesthetic regimes, dealing with issues of decolonization, post-war immigration, ”wounded cities” and the ”city without Jews”, intervention in planning, as well as proactive measures in order to understand, develop and conceptualize the urban heritage landscape, also in relation to the constraints due to the tourism industry. It also entails promoting dialogue and participation, navigating the threshold between multiple institutional and non-institutional actors, such as grassroots movements, NGOs, private entrepreneurs and various official bodies. In this context there is a growing demand for curatorial perspectives and skills enabling experts to integrate traditional urban heritage perspectives with the new dilemmas propelled by the growing significance of heritage in contemporary urbanism and by increasing demands for participation.

This overarching theme will explore existing and new possibilities offered by an understanding of the museum as key ”curatorial” actor in the urban landscape. The theme has three key objectives: 1) Training researchers in curatorial methods and techniques, and in analysing, negotiating, prototyping and disseminating urban heritage. 2) Training researchers to critically engage with participation through addressing, engaging and working with the public (individuals as well as groups). 3) Training researchers in ”publishing” urban heritage within and in extension of museal and institutional spaces through design-curatorial approaches.

One of the four research trajectories in the theme Curating the City is placed at the Department of conservation, University of Gothenburg. The research of this trajectory is framed to meet one major challenge for official heritage institutions, such as City Museums: to account for a dynamic notion of heritage, i.e. one that sees and goes beyond established hegemonic understandings and that can address heritages that are neglected or that dispute common sense modes of understanding. Here various contestations emerge, often framed in terms of who is recognized and included. Resting upon the assumption that different understandings and recognitions of heritage also by effect produce different heritages - i.e they in and of themselves make up a performative heritage practice - this ESR frames another core aspect: the constitutive role of methodologies for mapping and identification, and the concomitant need for creative development of new mapping strategies. When regarded as a performative heritage practice (poesis), mapping can be understood as a key activity for working at the nexus of various overlapping fields of politics and aesthetics, official bodies and various groups and individuals in civil society (the arenas for the new curatorial role of the heritage expert). A development of more integrative models for heritage mapping - that forges historical, material, socio-cultural, visionary and creative aspects of heritage with planning policies and public participation - has been requested over the years, and has also been put on the agenda within heritage charters. This research trajectory both explores in depth the possibilities and constraints given by different existing models for urban heritage mapping, and aims at developing new models that are in line with current forward-looking international heritage policies and charters.

The objectives of the research trajectory at the Department of conservation, University of Gothenburg are:
a) to train researchers in evaluating, using and developing integrated analytical models for urban heritage;
b) to explore the notion of ”heritage analysis” through a participatory practice approach;
c) to make proposals grounded in different models;
d) to do an internship at the Gothenburg City Museum, engaging in its urban heritage work in relation to local case-studies

The aim of this research trajectory is to develop the knowledge and skills needed for accomplishing independant research in Conservation, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge within the discipline through the thesis. The positions is attached to the research strand Curating the City at the Department of Conservation and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, and the PhD will be developed in collaboration with the group of researchers.

The qualifications for education on a doctoral level are: degree in advanced level, at least 240 university points, of which 60 are on an advanced level, or in an other way acquired similar knowledge.

Eligible applicants for ESR Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must be in possession of a Master’s degree in a relevant field. Applicants must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Research experience is calculated from the date they obtained a qualification (Masters or equivalent) allowing them to embark on a doctorate. At the time of their recruitment, candidates must not have legally resided or have had their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (short stays such as holidays are not counted). Researchers can be nationals of any country. During their research, the candidates must accept to be seconded in partner organisations as scheduled in their research description.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

Yujie Zhu