AHRC-funded PhD studentship on Records of Early English Drama North-East

Durham University – Department of English Studies

Applications are invited for a three-year doctoral studentship commencing on 1 October 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The award has become available as part of the AHRC-funded editorial project Records of Early English Drama North-East: performance, music and ceremonial in England’s North-East, from the 8th century to 1642. Under the general supervision of Prof. Barbara Ravelhofer, English Studies, the PhD student will collaborate with an international project team, work on records of theatre history, and participate in a drama festival and a conference. See the project website: http://community.dur.ac.uk/reed.ne/

The PhD student will produce a dissertation on performance in England’s North-East in any chosen period up to 1642, and will have the opportunity to shape the thesis according to evolving interests. Possible topics include: drama and religion; patrons and players; props and costumes; landscape, towns, and performance spaces; the use of animals in theatre; musical drama. The student will have access to material discovered by project members. S/he will examine visual evidence, objects and written records in Durham’s special collections and regional archives; for instance, paradramatic ceremonies in liturgy, biblical plays, financial records, household inventories, chronicle entries, and Catholic and protestant polemic. The successful candidate will gain research experience in the Digital Humanities and benefit from a training visit at the University of Toronto.

The scholarship will provide an annual tax-free stipend at the RCUK rate (£13,863 for the academic year 2014-15), plus payment of full-time tuition fees at the home/EU rate (£3,996 for 2014-15). The research training and PhD registration will be through the Department of English Studies, one of the top UK research departments in English. The PhD student will also be a member of the inter-disciplinary Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies [http://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/].

Applications

Applications are welcome from candidates with a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and preferably a relevant postgraduate MA. Applications will be assessed according to the coherence, importance, and viability of the proposal and the feasibility of completion within 3 years. Only EU and UK citizens are eligible; to receive the stipend, EU citizens must have been resident in the UK or members of a UK university for the three years immediately preceding 1st October, 2014.

Deadline 11th June 2014.

More information and how to apply.

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