Cripping the archive– representations of Crip/Queer dance artists in archival collections

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/International (including EU at international rates from Sept 21)

Duration: Full time - between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2023

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2023

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Kate Marsh.


Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

Project details

This research will ask how dance archives define what is legacy worthy. Proposing that disordering traditional archival methods and creating new ways of recording the practice of marginalised groups and individuals in dance offers a potential radical shift in how we access our shared cultural history.

The research will focus on the work of Crip (Disabled) and Queer (LGBTQIA+) dance artists and intersections between these practices. There is an emerging field in dance bringing together these lived experiences, interrogating parallels and differences, and the potential impact of collective research on the development and visibility of these artists.

The research will review how dance made by ‘Crip/Queer’ artists is archived to find out what is already archived and what remains absent. Interviews and case studies will capture the voices and experiences of artists who are peripheral or absent in cultural archives, to discover their experience of ‘being archived’. Examining how the work of Crip/Queer artists is archived (or not) will reveal what needs to be done to ensure that the work has visibility and can inform how artistic legacies are created. The project will use the findings to propose new frameworks for archiving dance practice that are more diverse and inclusive.


Bursary and tuition fees.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Candidate specification

  • A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), or an equivalent award from an overseas institution.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • An adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated by applicants whose first language is not English. The general requirement is a minimum overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, or the TOEFL iBT test with a minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in each of the four sections.

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How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Kate Marsh.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter plus an up-to 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

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