Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Architecture, Informal Empire, and the Scottish Cast Iron Industry in Argentina

informs about a PhD Scholarship Opportunity
proposed by
University of Edinburgh - School of Arts, Culture and Environment
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship

The University of Edinburgh and Historic Scotland
seek applicants for a PhD project
entitled 'Trading Nations: Architecture,
Informal Empire, and the Scottish Cast Iron Industry in Argentina
The partner institutions have received
a full AHRC studentship
to fund the project, including fees,
a maintenance grant (14k p.a.),
and research expenses for three years.

The project concerns the study of the Scottish pre-fabricated architectural ironwork industry in Argentina during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At the time Scotland enjoyed a commanding position in the pre-fabricated ironwork industry, facilitated by its creative response to market demand as well as its extraordinary production and export capacity. Latin America constituted one of the industry's principal markets, with Argentina leading the way through rapid industrialisation, increased wealth, and its strategic importance to British national interests. The project aims to document and analyse for the first time the significant contribution that Scottish foundries made to the built environment of Argentina.

The studentship offers a fantastic opportunity to study architecture in a wider social, cultural, and economic context. Those with an interest in cultural history and architecture are encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of Spanish is required. Funded travel to Argentina to document buildings and work in relevant archives is also expected.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 Honours standard UK or equivalent). The studentship is also open to EU students. However, only fees are payable to non-British residents (i.e., no maintenance stipend is available).

Application procedure
Please send CV, two academic references, and a 500 word statement outlining your suitability for the project, to:

Dr Alex Bremner
School of Arts, Culture and Environment
University of Edinburgh
20 Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ
or email to: alex.bremner@ed.ac.uk

Deadline for submissions is Friday 22 July.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 25 August.

For further information, please contact Dr Alex Bremner.
c/o TU Delft
RMIT - Faculty of Architecture
PO Box 5043
2600 GA Delft

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