7 March 2019

ULIP invites applications for an exciting doctoral award opportunity.

ULIP is delighted to invite applications for a London Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership collaborative doctoral award with PEROU (Pôle d’exploration des ressources urbaines), a multidisciplinary group of researchers, activists and writers based in Paris. The project is entitled Hospitality as Intangible Cultural Heritage? Concept and Practice in La Chapelle, Paris, and will be co-supervised by Professor Alison Blunt (QMUL) and Dr Anna-Louise Milne (ULIP).  

The aim of this PhD will be to consider the actions and practices of hospitality through sustained fieldwork in the northern Paris district of La Chapelle, and to establish whether and how hospitality can be considered to constitute an ‘intangible cultural heritage’ under the UNESCO framework for safe-guarding. The practice of hospitality is commonly held to transcend cultural differences, being recognizable on encounter for those who come from afar. Yet hospitality, like all social forms, is subject to cultural variance. By observing and exploring practices and modes of hospitality that traverse generations as well as faith and language groups, this project will develop a comparative analysis of cultural representations and practices of welcome, drawing on situations of shared sustenance, narration and shelter in the super-diverse district of La Chapelle, a key hub in contemporary migration to and within Europe.

Drawing on this fieldwork, the second phase of this work will investigate the proposition that hospitality is a common and potentially universalisable practice, which, across its linguistic variation, can inform an understanding of intangible cultural heritage. The doctoral student will work closely with the PEROU, contributing to their current UNESCO-oriented project and learning from their methodology as an embedded and experimental research unit. 

This collaborative doctoral award based in QMUL’s School of Geography is a unique opportunity for a student interested in contemporary migration to work across the Franco-British border, benefitting from embedded expertise on both sides of the Channel, fostered by the partnership between QMUL and ULIP, and the chance to work with an innovative social sector organization as it builds a transnational campaign.

More details on the project can be found on the LAHP website, FindAPhD website and Jobs.ac.uk. If you have any further questions, please email info.lahp@london.ac.uk.

To apply, please visit the LAHP website.

The closing date for applications is 23 April 2019.