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Listening to the voices of refugee heritage artists: opportunities and barriers for performing arts practices carried out by refugee heritage artists in the UK

Listening to the Voices of Refugee Heritage Artists

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER AND COMMUNITY ARTS NORTH WEST ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A UNIQUE PHD RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR 2020.

An opportunity to apply to undertake a fully funded PhD at the University of Manchester in collaboration with Community Arts North West.

Given how much writing and reflection has been carried out on refugees and the arts, it is surprising that little or no space has been made for the voice of those refugee heritage  artists who create and develop their own performance practices. This research sets out to challenge this lack of recognition and to gain a better understanding by carrying out a detailed investigation into the practices of artists from a refugee background who are living and working in the UK. For this reason, we would like to encourage suitable candidates from refugee backgrounds to apply.

Funds will be available to pay for the successful candidate to cover the cost of academic fees for 3.5 years plus a living allowance of approximately £15,000 pa. The post will commence in October 2020.

The following guidance replaces any previous information about this post.

Start date: October, 2020

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 February, 2020 at 5pm GMT

Interviews: Thursday 27 February 2020

Qualifications needed (Summary): undergraduate degree at first/upper second-class level; Master’s degree in theatre or another suitable subject. Please see full information at the end of this document.

Residency information (Summary):

  • Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK in order to qualify for a full award. This includes candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application and resident for this 3-year period for reasons other than education. Also, candidates that have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971.
  • Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are now eligible for full awards maintenance and tuition fees if they have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their programme.
  • Candidates from EU countries who have not resided in the UK for three years prior to the start of their programme will be eligible for a fees-only award.

Funding available: Home/EU fees at the standard RCUK rate; maintenance allowance of c.£15 000 pa (based on 2020/2021 rate).

Applicants should email the following by Monday 17 February, 2020 at 5pm GMT

  • Academic CV (max. 2 pages) including two named referees (one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor)
  • Copy of first degree and Master’s degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if applicable)
  • Letter of application (max. 2 pages) outlining suitability for the studentship and how you anticipate approaching the research. This should include proposed research questions and suggested methodology. This can be guided by the questions below but feel free to interpret this according to your own interests.

The successful candidate will be required to submit an online application between taking up the post and commencement of the research. This will be completed with guidance from the supervisors.

Provisional research questions

  • What is the range, scope and ambition of performing arts practices carried out by refugee heritage artists in the UK? What opportunities are available and what are the barriers for refugee heritage artists who want to develop their work? How do refugee heritage artists experience and navigate cultural and creative practices in the UK?
  • How do refugee heritage artists understand and articulate their practice in relation to their experiences of making art in the UK? What, if any, effect does their legal status have on the work that they make and the ways that they think about and understand their work?
  • How do refugee heritage artists understand and communicate their work when the very terminologies used to discuss it are difficult and contested?

 Main supervisors

Stella Barnes (CAN) and Dr Alison Jeffers (UoM).

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