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Posted on 1 March 2010

Department news from March 2010

AHRC Studentships (Home/EU applicants)

In recognition of York's research success in the humanities, the AHRC has awarded the university with a Block Grant of PhD and MA awards. History of Art, Architecture and Design is among York's most successful subject areas, and for 2010/11 we will offer 3 PhD and 2 MA awards for applicants working on art-historical topics. Information about the AHRC Block Grant and details of the application process can be found on the university's postgraduate finances website. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2010 and the Graduate Chair would welcome any enquiries. Samples of previous successful applications are available on request.

Launch of Fulbright-University of York Scholar Award in History of Art

A new Fulbright-University of York Scholar Award in History of Art is to commence in 2011. This annual award will enable US scholars to pursue research and teaching in the York History of Art department for periods of 3-8 months. The Head of Department, Professor Mark Hallett, says that 'this scheme will make a major new contribution to our vibrant research culture, and help foster important scholarly links between members of the department - both staff and students - and distinguished American art-historians. We are immensely grateful to the Fulbright Commission for their support of this exciting venture.' 

A selection of film screenings at Tate Modern

As part of an ongoing project examining queer histories and legacies of the Surrealist movement Dr James Boaden has been working with Tate Modern, The Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies (University of Manchester) and Queer at Kings (Kings College, London)on a selection of screenings to take place at Tate Modern in late March. Under the title 'Invocations and Evocations: Queer and Surreal' they form part of the 24th British Film Institute Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The screenings will present a mixture of rarely screened experimental films dating from the 1940s to the present, including several early works by British filmmaker Derek Jarman. The screening taking place on Sunday March 28th, 'Exile and Retreat' is curated by James Boaden and includes two documentaries and two experimental shorts. Edward James: Builder of Dreams looks at an eccentric English Surrealist patron and the garden he built in the Mexican jungle, whilst Lover/Other by radical feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer deals with the years spent by the surrealist writer and photographer Claude Cahun on the island of Jersey during the 1930s and '40s. Short films by Marie Menken and Kenneth Anger which look at the garden as a place of retreat complete the program.