Department of English and Creative Writing,
University of Roehampton, London

A three-year, full-time Ph.D. studentship is available in connection with the AHRC-funded Before Shakespeare project.

The PhD studentship:

The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Andy Kesson and either Dr Jane Kingsley-Smith or Professor Clare McManus, depending on the topic proposed. The successful candidate will join the Department’s growing and energetic Postgraduate Research community and will have the support of a full training programme and career development opportunities throughout their research, alongside Roehampton’s newly-built library and the unrivalled research facilities offered by our location in London. Roehampton is also a member of the London Shakespeare Seminar.

Proposals are welcomed for a PhD on any subject speaking to the project’s focus on the first thirty years of the London playhouses and their connections to other literary or economic experimentations. We would especially welcome applications in the following or related areas:

  • overlooked authorial canons (such as George Peele, Robert Greene or Robert Wilson)
  • explorations of theatrical space
  • the Elizabethan playhouse and other recreational / entertainment spaces
  • connections between adult and children’s company traditions
  • connections between commercial and creative practices
  • connections between London theatre and European theatre
  • the role of gender in the running of the playhouses, their plays or anti-theatrical pamphlets
  • research making connections between performance, performance studies, practice-as-research and theatre history.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact us in advance to discuss their proposals:

The closing date for completed applications is 17 August 2018. Interviews will be held w/c 27 August. The successful candidate should be available to start on 1stOctober 2018.

Further information and application details can be found here.


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