CCDS PhD Scholarship: “Learning about/from Blindness: Art, Literature, and Education in the 21st Century”

Centre of Culture and Disability Studies PhD Scholarship, Liverpool Hope University

Learning about/from Blindness: Art, Literature, and Education in the 21st Century

This project brings theoretical work on the representations of blindness in 20th Century Anglophone literature together with research into art and design education with an aim to develop transformative pedagogies, practices, and discourses relating to disability and education. The project will extend existing theoretical frameworks to a consideration of 21st Century arts and literature in order to apply them to a contemporary educational context.

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 appreciation and affirmation of difference.

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 successful applicant will work with Dr. David Bolt and Dr Claire Penketh

Full details of the PhD subject areas and how to apply can be found here.

You can also contact Research Officer Mr Chris Lowry quoting ‘2015 Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships‘ for more information, by emailing

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