Vacancy | Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Leeds, UK

Closing Date: Monday 15 October.

Project title: Cultural Participation; stories of success, histories of failure (funded by the AHRC).

Are you an experienced creative practitioner and researcher, with experience of conducting practice-led research? Do you have a track record of professional creative practice, with the ability to employ narrative formats that have the capacity for reproduction/dissemination? Do you possess excellent interpersonal and team-working skills and the ability to work with colleagues from academic institutions and non-academic organisations?

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work on a £250K project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). You will be part of a project team alongside Dr Leila Jancovich (Principal Investigator) and Dr David Stevenson (Co-investigator) focusing on narratives of failure within cultural participation polices.

The way in which cultural organisations and projects apply for funding and are evaluated means that stories of failure are largely overlooked and even supressed in the dominant discourses about state supported cultural participation projects. This is further exacerbated by the state of financial precarity in which many artists and organisations permanently function. As a result, there is limited capacity for learning and change in the field of cultural policy. In contrast, this research project is founded on theories about the value of recognising, understanding and learning from failure in policymaking. It seeks to move on from critiquing the outcomes of existing cultural policy to a more explicit focus on why cultural policy appears so difficult to change. It will do so by focusing on failure as something positive that must be honestly acknowledged, at an individual and organisational level, if cultural policy is to change. Specifically, it will explore cultural participation projects via the stories that are told about them, by a range of different agents.It will consider by whom they are told, and for what purposes. It will examine how the construction of these stories may be contributing towards the calcification of cultural policy outlined above.

An experienced creative practitioner and researcher, you will play a major role in the implementation of the practice-led dimension of the project, working closely with the PI and Co-I. You will be specifically responsible for the creation of a creative output that should challenge the dominant narrative about success and failure in UK cultural policy. With a PhD in related area and/or equivalent, relevant professional experience as a creative practitioner, you will have experience of conducting practice-led research alongside a developed methodological awareness of this kind of research. You must have a track record of professional creative practice employing narrative formats that have the capacity for reproduction/dissemination, for example: video production, graphic novels, or creative writing.

You will be based at University of Leeds, though the project will require travel both within the UK and internationally.

Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 p.a. pro rata
Working Time: 60% of full time
Post Type: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (1 January 2019 until 30 September 2020)

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