Collaborative PhD Studentship - Future of the book: investigating emergent models and modes for publishing, writing and creative engagement with digital technology and books

Bristol, UK, 19. June 2017.

Applications are open for a three-year full-time doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council/National Productivity Investment Fund (AHRC/NPIF), to undertake practice-based research into creative responses to digital technologies that address future forms of publishing, reading and writing.

The digital revolution has changed the landscape of publishing, offering new opportunities for distribution, development and creation of texts and textual objects. Publishing has, somewhat inevitably, responded in an uneven manner, but nevertheless is interested in the nature of that changed environment.

This Studentship, based at UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC), offers a sustained investigation into future models and modes for publishing, writing and practice-based creative engagement with digital technology and the book, alongside access to live projects, archive material and mentoring from a major European publisher in Hachette UK, and Circumstance, an independent artist collective.

The DCRC has produced internationally recognised work in this field in the last decade, consolidated within the ongoing AHRC supported Ambient Literature project which runs into the Spring of 2018. Based in the Pervasive Media Studio the Centre works with a network of practitioners in the field of digital and hybrid books and writing - including Dr. Tom Abba, Hazel Grian and Duncan Speakman.

Potential research questions might include:

•  the role of data in literature
•  creative writing and new grammars for a digital space
•  business models for new delivery systems and distribution of literary content

Joining an interdisciplinary Design Futures Lab cohort of 12 collaborative PhD students, you will be part of an innovative and cutting-edge group of researchers dedicated to reshaping industrial technologies and processes through embedded practice-based research.

The DCRC has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and offers access to an exciting creative and intellectual community, and students researching aspects of emerging storytelling. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre and to take part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017.

Applicants will be expected to attend an interview in Bristol on either July 10 or 11 and demonstrate:

•  imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
•  an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
•  evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research

For an informal discussion about the studentship contact

Deadline for applications is 17:00 on Monday June 19.

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process visit:

The NPIF studentships comprise tuition fees at Home/EU rates and, for UK award holders, a maintenance award (£14,553 per year) tenable for a minimum period of 3 academic years. EU students are welcome to apply, but are eligible for tuition fees only. We also welcome applications for part-time studentships; these comprise tuition fees and a pro-rata maintenance award for a 5-year period.