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PhD in Practice in Curating

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The Practice in Curating programme understands curating, or the curatorial, not as a philosophical concept but as a practice that is deeply involved in politics of display, politics of site, politics of translation and regimes of visibility.

The programme understands the curatorial as a multi-authored approach to the production of meaning, which is intrinsically linked to transformations of contemporary societies, the reorganisation of labour, cultural policies, politics of inclusion/exclusion and issues created at points of intersection.

It has been developed in the context of theories of power and theories of community based on feminist, queer, postcolonial, ecological, post-Marxist and other emancipatory positions, often emerging out of political struggles or social movements.

The programme sees curatorial knowledge production as a space for negotiating social, political, cultural and economic conflicts. You will approach curating as a form of agency from which new constellations emerge; these could be represented in the form of an exhibition but equally in other forms of meaning production.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,000per year

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University information

University of Reading

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    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 25,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

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