The Research Forum / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MA proposes to foster integrated interdisciplinary exchange through the collaboration of scholars teaching a course closely based on their research interests. The collaboration will allow for the exposition and transmission of different methods and approaches. The Research Forum/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MA Special Option courses are co-taught by Courtauld teachers with specially appointed Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Professors.
Traditions in scholarship are thoroughly embedded in traditions of teaching. By teaching together, the scholars involved will have occasion to closely scrutinize their own definitions as to how knowledge is structured and transmitted and to test methods of exposition against each other. Given the amount of writing demanded of Courtauld MA students and the close supervision of their projects, students will not only be exposed to new material and ideas, but will be expected to practice different forms of study and expression.
The goal of the programme is to enable a deep level of interaction. The project further enables the research of the collaborating scholars by relieving them of other teaching duties. Additionally, the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow as an affiliate of the course with the responsibility of assembling an annotated course bibliography or bibliographic database to be published on this website, will add both to the research profile and to the impact of the programme. The Fellow teaches one course, which represents a training opportunity for the Fellow as well as supporting the seconding of the Courtauld teacher to the Forum MA. The appointment of one or two teaching assistants in association with the course, also necessary to the seconding of the Courtauld teacher, will further expand the involvement of younger scholars in the project.
The Visiting Professors will also participate in other research seminars, and present their work in public lectures and seminars.
For more information about these courses, please see relevant links on the MA Special Options page.