James Ford, a PhD student in Art History, has been awarded a prestigious AHRC International Placement Scheme to work at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The placement will be for 3 months in 2013 on the topic of 'The Art of Nationhood in the US Capitol and the Palace of Westminster Decorative Schemes'.
On receiving this award James said
'I feel very fortunate to have been awarded a placement as part of the AHRC IPS. The research I will undertake at the Library of Congress will make a significant contribution towards a chapter in my final thesis. Located on Capitol Hill, the placement will allow me to further explore first hand the relationships between art and national identity in legislative buildings.'
James, in 2011, was awarded an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award to work on a topic with the Palace of Westminster: 'The Imagery of political union in the Palace of Westminster 1830s to 1920s'. In August 2012, James gave a paper at an international conference at the University of St Andrews; the conference was on 'Emblems of Nationhood: Britishness 1707-1901'.
The experience was a fantastic opportunity for James
'Presenting a paper at 'Emblems of Nationhood' was a fantastic way to end my first year of PhD study. The intellectually stimulating three days in St Andrews were made even more memorable when the keynote speaker, Professor Linda Colley, chaired my session.'
Posted on Thursday 16th August 2012