AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award: Queen Mary and the Liceu

11 May 200

The Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London and The Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona announce the following CDA:

Cultural Branding, National Identity and International Visibility: Spanish Directors at Barcelona¹s Gran Teatre del Liceu: 1999-2011

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 world¹s
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.

Deadline for applications: Monday 8 June 2009

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: AHRC guide

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 here:

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.

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

Further Information
Applicants seeking further information about the fellowship are invited to
contact Professor Maria Delgado directly.

About Queen Mary, University of London
About the Gran Teatre del Liceu
About the Arts and Humanities Research Council


Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.