Friday, 5 June 2009
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL COLLABORATIVE DOCTORAL AWARD
DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA, SCHOOL OF ENGLISH AND DRAMA/
THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU, BARCELONA
CULTURAL BRANDING, NATIONAL IDENTITY AND INTERNATIONAL VISIBILITY: SPANISH DIRECTORS AT BARCELONA'S GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU: 1999-2011
DEADLINE: 8 JUNE 2009
This Collaborative Doctoral Award offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD with a leading international centre for research in cultural politics and theatrical performance with one of the world’s foremost opera houses. The research project will examine the ways in which the cultural branding of the Liceu through the work of Spanish directors has defined wider debates around the identity of the theatre and its relationship to Catalan nationalism and the regeneration of the Raval quarter of the city.
Please note that we encourage applications that will refine the project to suit the candidates own research interests.
Further details on this Collaborative Doctoral Award project are available
Drama at Queen Mary is an outstanding performance research centre in one of the United Kingdom's leading universities. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, QMUL Drama was the highest-rated Drama department in the United Kingdom. We have a strong focus on the cultural politics of performance, with particular emphases on live art, applied theatre, cultural histories of performance, cultural industries, and transnational performance. Drama also collaborates with leading arts organizations such as the Barbican, Shakespeare's Globe, the London Film Festival, Lift, the Young Vic, and Artangel. Our thriving graduate community contributes strongly to Drama's research environment, with more than 60 students working on diverse and original projects (a large number of which are supported by AHRC and Queen Mary awards). Queen Mary invests more than £1 million a year in awards to support graduate students in their study, and Drama's students are an important part of the college's graduate culture.
All applicants should meet the AHRC's academic criteria and residency requirements, and there are different eligibility criteria for UK and EU residents. Please see:
Applicants should normally hold, or be studying for, a Master's degree in a relevant subject, such as Cultural Studies, Drama Theatre or Performance Studies, Music Studies, or Hispanic Studies. Please note that all applicants will be required to have good Spanish-language skills and (preferably) some Catalan although it is anticipated that Catalan-language training will be offered to the successful applicant.
The award will commence on or around 1 October 2009.
How to Apply
Applicants must complete a Queen Mary, University of London postgraduate application form, which can be downloaded from:
In addition to the details specified there, they should supply full details of the Master's course completed or to be completed. In a statement of no more than 500 words, applicants should explain how their current academic interests relate to the proposed thesis, and indicate how they might refine the project in order to achieve their own research aims. They should also submit a piece of written work (an essay or a chapter, an extract from a dissertation) or a portfolio of reviews or interviews of not more than 5,000 words in support of the application. Award holders should inform referees about the distinct nature of the CDA project so that they may take this into account when writing letters of reference.
The application form and supporting materials should be marked clearly with “AHRC CDA APPLICATION DRAMA/LICEU” and sent to the address at the top of the form. Applications sent directly to Professor Delgado or Mr Matabosch by post or email are not acceptable.
The deadline for receipt of applications at Queen Mary is Monday 8 June 2009.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held towards the end of June or beginning of July in London. The successful candidate will be required to complete the relevant part of the student nomination form for forwarding to the AHRC by 30 July 2009
Applicants seeking further information about the fellowship are invited to contact Professor Delgado directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Queen Mary, University of London: www.qmul.ac.uk
About the Gran Teatre del Liceu: www.liceubarcelona.cat:80/cms/index.php?lang=en
About the Arts and Humanities Research Council: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk