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PhD Scholarships: Education

PhD Scholarships Friday 12 June 2015

Liverpool Hope has launched a series of PhD Scholarships and welcomes applications from outstanding individuals of a high calibre to pursue PhD research at Liverpool Hope University in selected areas. We are seeking confident, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and inter-disciplinary projects. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.

You can find full details about the Scholarships on the PhD Scholarships webpage or you can also contact Research Officer Mr Chris Lowry quoting '2015 Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships' for more information, by emailing

The Scholarships available will be selected from a range of specific project. Over the coming weeks, will profile the details of these areas of research. 



Learning about/from blindness: Art, literature, and education in the 21st Century

Principal Investigator: Dr David Bolt

This doctoral project will bring Dr David Bolt’s work on disability theory and representation together with Dr Claire Penketh’s research into art and design education with an aim to develop transformative pedagogies, practices, and discourses.

The tripartite model of disability was introduced by Dr Bolt on a panel for the Society of Disability Studies conference, Minneapolis, 2014. Led by Prof David Mitchell (George Washington University), the panel was entitled ‘Non-Normative Positivisms: Towards a Methodology of Critical Embodiment’. Based on experience and theory, the tripartite model recognises passive and active prejudice in the forms of Otherness and victimisation, but not at the expense of positive things about disability.

The proposed doctoral project will apply this new model of disability to 21st-Century arts and literature in a contemporary educational context. Education, here, is perceived of within its broadest terms. As such, the project will enable the successful applicant to direct her or his work towards primary, secondary, or tertiary education; or to work within other educational contexts such as museum and gallery education, or with third-sector organisations.

The intersection of disability and education is too frequently identified with deficit-based approaches to so-called Special Educational Needs. This project, however, will pay attention to the true appreciation and affirmation of diversity.

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