PhD-Stipendium: Music and popular creativity in suburban faith communities

AHRC-project „Design, material culture and popular creativity in suburban faith communities“ – Royal Holloway:
“Music and popular creativity in suburban faith communities”
Annual stipend: £15,863 and payment of full fees
Deadline: 5pm, 31st October 2014
Begin: 1st January 2015

We have an exciting opportunity for a student to join the Department to work on a PhD as part of a major new project that brings together the Geography and Music Departments at Royal Holloway and the Geography Department at Royal Holloway. As part of a larger AHRC-funded project on ‚Design, material culture and popular creativity in suburban faith communities‘ the PhD will be focused on musical culture and practices among different faith groups in suburban West London. There is scope for the student to develop their own ideas and approach, but it is anticipated that the PhD will work in a similar way to the other strands of the overall project, combining survey of the significance of music and sound in everyday faith spaces, with detailed ethnographic and qualitative study of case studies. The central component will involve observing, recording and interviewing participants in suburban faith groups about the significant of music, sound and silence in their lives and as an element of their spirituality.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Professor Gilbert to discuss the project (

Applications should be made using Royal Holloway’s standard PhD online application system found here:

You should attach:

  • a supporting statement of no more than 1000 words indicating suitability for the position.
  • A current CV
  • Please indicate two referees in your application, but references are not required at this stage.

Please also send your supporting statement and CV directly to Professor Gilbert ( at the same time as you make your online application. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 31st October 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in mid-November, and may also be asked to provide samples of written work as part of the selection process.

Further information can be found by clicking here|.

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