The excellent archival and architectural resources at Canterbury Cathedral, the first English Gothic building, combined with our proximity to Paris, the site of origin of Gothic art, provide an ideal research environment for a doctoral project that examines the visual culture and development of the Gothic style. Working with Dr Guerry, who is a specialist in the field of Gothic wall painting, this PhD studentship at the School of History at the University of Kent would enable an outstanding graduate student to pursue research that would contribute substantially to our understanding the invention, diffusion, and function of Gothic art in the High Middle Ages. In the past decade, new approaches to the study of Gothic Art have benefitted tremendously from the advent of scanning technology, which has the potential to reveal the content of lost medieval murals. Because of the vicissitudes of time, wall paintings rarely survive. In the Middle Ages, lavish wall paintings once covered the interior and exterior of churches, halls, houses, castles, and bridges.
This studentship would provide a postgraduate with the opportunity to discover and define the significance of forgotten Gothic wall paintings or another aspect of monumental Gothic art. Under the tutelage of Dr Guerry and with the help of her collaborators, the PhD student would be given access and equipped with all of the necessary tools to achieve groundbreaking fieldwork, ideally on site in Canterbury, Paris, or Angers, where Dr. Guerry has ongoing research projects.
-Ideal candidates will have an MA or MPhil with distinction in History, History of Art, or Architecture
-Proficient language skills in both Latin and French are necessary
Here are the general details:
Contact Dr Emily Guerry (E.Guerry@Kent.ac.uk) with any questions