The University of Manchester and the British Museum are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.
Working with the Tibet collections at the British Museum, the project offers an opportunity for a student to challenge and decentre established methods for conducting histories of colonial collecting research by centring and reading for Tibetan knowledge and experiences in museum collections and archives.
The student will have the opportunity to devise their own project with supervisory guidance and consultation of the British Museum’s Tibet collections and associated archives. It is likely that the project will consider one or more of the following approaches:
Research the roots and continuing legacy of the BM’s colonial connections to Tibetan sites of knowledge production, specifically Tibetan Buddhist monasteries;
Identify an indigenous/decolonial methodology that reconsiders the classification and documentation of a group of Tibetan Buddhist objects acquired during the British colonial period.
In addition to developing research and writing skills the student will have the opportunity to gain practical skills in collections management, installing exhibitions, community consultation; delivering workshops; contributing to seminars and grant writing. This project will prepare the student for a future career in the cultural sector.
The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Emma Martin (University of Manchester, Institute for Cultural Practices) and Dr Imma Ramos (British Museum, Asia Department) and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of Manchester and the British Museum, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.