Deaf geographies, and other worlds.
You probably know that my work is currently focused on the St Saviour’s Deaf Church, which stood on Oxford Street in London from 1870 (when the foundation stone was laid) until 1923 (when it was demolished). You may also know that, as part of that project, we’ve been finding out about lots of other churches and centres either built especially for Deaf people, or adapted for their use.
Very few of these ‘Deaf heritage’ buildings have any kind of recognition or protection, and apart from the famous ones, almost nothing has been done to link some of them into the history of the Deaf community in a meaningful way.
This year, starting in the Autumn, we are able to offer a PhD focusing on Deaf heritage buildings. The project is funded by the AHRC through English Heritage, and English Heritage will be providing half of the supervision team. We are the ‘history experts’ if you like, and they are the ‘heritage experts’.
The PhD student will be working to do four main things:
If you’re not clear on what a PhD requires, then:
The studentship isn’t being advertised yet. It will be advertised later in the year and then candidates will be able to apply. I don’t have any dates yet, but my guess is that the advert will appear some time in March/April to make sure that there is time to recruit before the September start.
But don’t wait until the advert comes out. If you are interested, or you want more information, then please get in touch with me now at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mikegulliver