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Imaging & Imagining Fundamental Science (advert reference: ADSS/DRFASS7/53641)

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    Prof F Crisp
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Project Description

Project Description

Based within the innovative BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art partnership between Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, this practice-led Fine Art Studentship will broadly address how inter-disciplinary research might evolve the cultural tools of interpretation, imagination and visualisation to negotiate shifts in Fundamental Science in both historical and contemporary spheres. It is expected that the project will pre-suppose the production of knowledge through practice and in so doing challenge the instrumentalisation of art as ‘illustrator’ in the mutual exchange of services that has historically occurred at the interface of arts and science.

In addition to the immediate fields of Fine Art and Fundamental Science, it is anticipated that the research will draw impetus from a broad constituency of disciplines that might include philosophy, human/physical geography, sociology of science and science & technology studies; in this context the studentship will be supported by the new practice-led research group, ‘The Cultural Negotiation of Science’, where questions of cultural production are addressed across the spectrum of Bio-medical and Fundamental Science, Medical Genetics and Physical Geography.
Research proposals may come with existing collaborators/collaborating institutions, or these can be built as part of the proposed project. Every effort will be made to facilitate relationships with Departments across the University and beyond, utilising the networks of the Principal and supervisory team.

Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to:

• The operation of ontological or constructed knowledge in the respective fields of art and science.
• The literal / philosophical limits of imagination and/or representation.
• The relationship between tangibility and abstraction in the field of Fundamental Science.
• ‘Citizen Science’ and how this might impact and inform the construction of public understanding, engagement and agency.
• Black-boxing in Science & Technology Studies
• The ‘Spatial turn’ in the context of sites of scientific knowledge production.
• The contribution of Fundamental Science to an emerging ‘post-human’, ‘post natural’, ‘post-divine’ world.


Informal Enquiries

Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to: [Email Address Removed] 0191 227 4861

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (in a relevant subject) from a British higher education institution, or equivalent. Students who are not UK/EU residents are eligible to apply, provided they hold the relevant academic qualifications, together with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

To apply, contact Andrea Percival to request the appropriate application form, quoting the advert reference above, via email to [Email Address Removed] or by using the application link on this page.

Deadline for applications: 14th April 2014
Start Date: 7th October 2014

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2014/15 this is 13,863 pa) and Home/EU fees. Overseas candidates are also eligible to apply.


Extraordinary Renditions: The Cultural Negotiation of Science, Exhibition and Symposium for the British Science Festival 2013. (https://www.balticmill.com/whats-on/symposia-forums/extraordinary-renditions and http://vimeo.com/75582388)

2009/2010 Subterrania solo touring exhibition. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall. (http://www.fionacrisp.com/projects_subterrania.html)

Crisp, F. Townsend C. Vincentelli, A. (2009) Hyper Passive London: Matts Gallery (http://www.mattsgallery.org/artists/crisp/books/books1-01.php)

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