PhD Studentship: Material Cultures of Refuge in Lebanon with UCL and Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museums


Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship – Material Cultures of Refuge in Lebanon

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) PhD studentship based at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, in partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museums.

Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Both its urban and its rural spaces have been profoundly shaped by multiple waves of Palestinian displacement, internal displacement due to wars and occupation, as well as – most recently – by the Syrian civil war. The project will thus focus on the environmental, material, visual and/or digital cultures of forced migration in Lebanon in the context of mass displacement from Syria.

The PhD will be jointly supervised by Dr Matthew Davies and Dr Hanna Baumann at UCL as well as Prof Dan Hicks at the Pitt Rivers Museum and Dr Letty Ten Harkel at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

The PhD student will be expected to design and undertake an innovative, interdisciplinary study of the human and material cultures of refuge in Lebanon. In addition, they will explore the potential of contemporary collecting of material, visual and/or digital culture, as well as potential connections with existing museum collections. This will build upon and expand upon approaches developed in the work on the Calais ‘Jungle’ at the Pitt Rivers Museum, led by Prof Hicks, interdisciplinary work on refugee infrastructures in the frame of the RELIEF Centre and Dr Baumann’s work, and work on landscape archaeology and material culture carried out by Dr Davies and Dr Letty Ten Harkel. This studentship, which is fully funded for three years full-time (or five years as part time), will begin on 1 October 2019.

For full details of the studentship and how to apply please follow the link to the advert on the UCL website.


Applications must be received no later than Friday 17 May 2019.


Informal enquiries can be made to Andres Vicente at For any other information please contact Dr Harriet Warburton at

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