PhD in Popular Music and Everyday Life

University of the West of England is offering a part-time PhD Studentship in Popular Music and Everyday Life as part of the Bristol Live Independent Music Archive Project (BLIMA).

Deadline: 19/08/2010
Open to: People with a related MA + experience in ethnographic research
Fund: £3,000 plus tuition fees paid for up to five years

BLIMA has been set up to compile an archive of the city of Bristol’s live independent music scene, from 1950 to the present. The archive is to be an invaluable resource for researchers and historians of popular culture, music, and everyday life. It contains primary materials connected to live events held at venues through the city. Contributions could involve such activities as conducting interviews, organising research events, collecting and collating archival material.


Applications are invited from candidates who wish to conduct research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Live performance and locality
  • Music as everyday experience
  • Identity and hybridity
  • Genre and independence in music

The candidate will focus all or part of their research upon Bristol’s live music scene (past or present). They will usually be expected to hold an MA in a related field, and should have some experience of ethnographic research practices.

Study will commence in October 2010 and the candidate should be resident in Bristol for the duration of the bursary.
The candidate should contribute an average of three hours per week to the BLIMA project and also participate in the work of UWE’s Cultural History Research Group.


The Studentship comprises an annual bursary of £3,000 plus tuition fees paid for up to five years.


Applications should include a letter of support from an academic referee and an up to date CV.

Deadline for applications : 19th August
Interviews : early September

Please contact Caterina Vettori for an application form:
[email protected]

Enquiries about the BLIMA and the field of study may be directed to:
[email protected] or [email protected]

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