IBAR are enthusiastic about supervising students for MRes and PhD study across the range of our expertise. At present we have 2 PhD students working on Toni Morrison and Time and Curating Racial Difference in Contemporary Art Museums.

We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects that are hard to place in traditional departments. UCLAN has a strong track record of support and training for graduate students and IBAR candidates will be able to access all these mechanisms within the supportive environment of a thriving institute.

For more details contact Professor Alan Rice

Our Students

Undergraduate Involvement at IBAR

IBAR exists as a hub for researchers at all stages of their careers, and undergraduate students Jennafer Small, Dyana Saad and Kirsty Fitzpatrick made a great contribution to the IBAR launch event with Caryl Phillips. We are delighted that undergraduates will continue to play an important role at IBAR, with the recent appointment of an undergraduate Research Intern and the future appointment of a Research Assistant.

The 23rd of June saw Kirsty Fitzpatrick begin her work with Yvonne Reddick on their project ‘Nigeria’s Rivers: Writing a Conflicted Environment’. The project focuses on the Niger and Ogun rivers in written texts from the colonial period to the present, by both Nigerian and foreign authors. Ms Fitzpatrick will conduct a week’s archival research on the documents of explorer Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, in order to find out how his expedition to the Ogun River in Nigeria compares with his Nile exploration. The project will also pay close attention to work by Nigeria’s most renowned writers. Drawing insights from environmental studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and literary studies, this innovative project will make an original contribution to the dynamic new field of postcolonial ecocriticism. Ms Fitzpatrick will author an article in a student journal, present at a student conference, and further publications may follow. 

This is an exciting time for researchers at all levels, and the continued involvement of outstanding UCLan undergraduates will be an asset to IBAR.