Banister Fletcher Fellowship

As the significance of shared culture and robust exchange between the cities of London and Paris comes increasingly to the fore, the University of London is announcing the endowment of a global fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the University’s leading centres of research and learning in urban history, culture, design and theory. 

Kuala Lumpur city view, tall skyscrapers with haze. Photo by Ishan SeeFromTheSky from Unsplash

Banister Fletcher Fellowship

As the significance of shared culture and robust exchange between the cities of London and Paris comes increasingly to the fore, the University of London is announcing the endowment of a global fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the University’s leading centres of research and learning in urban history, culture, design and theory. 

Description

This Global Fellowship aims to build experientially embedded research that reflects and informs the ways Paris and London are both distinct and connected. In the current context of pandemic crisis, which is heightening still more the rising nationalism, deepening inequalities, and environmental crisis of the contemporary era, the fellowship invites interdisciplinary work to help shape new understandings of how public works, private investment, and civil-society action interact and impinge upon one another. As patterns of labour and mobility change, as the imperatives of climate action and disease control increasingly shape urban policy and infrastructure, how are cities adapting, transforming, failing, and thriving? 

The fellowship seeks in particular to foster new attention to urban dynamics of welfare and solidarity. Much scholarship focuses on macro-factors in global city analysis, stressing the intensification of global competition between urban centres. This emphasis tends to occlude significant transformation of the welfare state and related municipal and/or civil-society consultation and action. Yet community-led innovation and knowledge are increasingly shaping urban and design cultures of access to public and private spaces. They are generating new vernaculars and alternative forms of circular economies and structures of solidarity. Can these processes by mapped from what are often perceived as ‘only’ local dynamics into a transnational frame? 

The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship intends to foster understanding of the potential of these forms of capillary action and to establish a series of published short texts which will constitute a reference in urban studies. 

Applications

Applications are now open!

The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship invites scholars to place alternative forms and spaces of knowledge production at the heart of proposals that may build on research and creative practice developed in relation to cultures and histories of the built environment across the world, but also more directly within the perimeter of the Paris-London framework. It encourages candidates to consider how their work will both benefit from sustained consideration of this Paris-London framework, while also contributing to the elucidation of it. It also anticipates the importance of historical perspectives and welcomes proposals anchored in the city as archive.  

What is expected from the fellow?

The Fellow will conduct and communicate original research, engage in the research environment of the supporting institutions, and contribute to fostering productive connections between them. More specifically, the Fellow will design and convene a programme of lectures and collaborative events with funds available for this programming. Using video capture and the subsequent publication of the lectures, the Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship intends to establish a body of new research that will constitute a reference in urban studies.  

The Fellowship will be for a period up to 6 months (normally between January and June), based in Paris or London, or split between the two cities.

Person specification

The University is seeking candidates who are looking to learn from new institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations. Candidates must have a substantial research track record and hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field or have demonstrated the impact of their work through creative practice and dissemination. 

The University particularly welcomes applicants from minority groups. 

We will accept applications from salaried and non-salaried candidates.  

Pursuing excellence in education and equal opportunities. 

www.london.ac.uk 

How to apply

Applicants should submit (amalgamated in one document): 

  • CV (including names of two referees) 

  • Short summary/pitch outlining the key objectives for the fellowship (300 words max) 

  • A project document explaining the aims and tentative organization for each of the workshops, including possible invited participants (speakers or session leaders), as well as the relation between the Paris and the London events, and how these would be supported by the key-note lectures. Indicative titles for the latter and/or short abstracts may be given. Candidates are encouraged to diversify the means/modes of interaction in the workshops (up to 4 pages; font: times roman 12). 

Click here to apply.

Deadline

Applications close midnight, Friday 14th May 2021. 

The University reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the published end date should it receive sufficient applications to warrant earlier shortlisting. 

Contact

If you would like to discuss the post informally, or have questions about the application process, contact Anna-Louise.Milne@ulip.lon.ac.uk   

The Quantification of Urban Space

During her Banister Fletcher Fellowship, Dr Min Kyung Lee curated a series of events that aimed to understand the social, cultural and epistemological consequences of the comprehensive quantification project on the urban forms and inhabitants of metropoles such as London, Paris and beyond. Her lectures focused on the Second Empire Paris and Interwar France, while the two panel conversations she convened brought together perspectives from around the world and a range of disciplines from law to data science to art and architectural history.  

aerial view of Paris. Photo by Dennis Kummer on Unsplash

The Quantification of Urban Space Programme

Discover Dr Min Kyung Lee’s, first Banister Fletcher fellow, programme on the Quantification of Urban Space.