Mobilizing Dramaturgy

Mobilizing Dramaturgy

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees

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

Application deadline: October 16th 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: January 2021

Enquiries may be addressed to Dr Susanne Foellmer.

Coventry University and Aarhus University are inviting applications from suitably qualified UK or EU graduates for fully-funded PhD studentships for research into the umbrella topic Mobilizing Dramaturgy.

The successful candidates will enrol at Coventry University as their home institution and will undertake a collaborative doctoral research programme under the supervision of academic experts from both universities, spending a minimum of one year or up to two years at Aarhus University in Denmark.

The programme offers researchers the opportunity to advance their skills and expertise in the higher education field, whilst developing their intercultural and international skills, and creating international networks and collaborations.

C-DaRE is a world leading research Centre that conducts research into a wide range of dance activities, many in collaboration with professional dance artists and organisations and much of it in partnership with other disciplines including, for example, cognitive psychologists, anthropologists, law experts, cultural heritage experts and programmers. The Centre’s strength lies in promoting the importance of understanding the world and our place in it as embodied whether this is in the analysis of dance, the transformation of dance and performance through digital technologies, dance’s culture and history, dance pedagogies and research-informed teaching, practice-as-research, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, or inclusive dance practices and pedagogies.

The Aarhus section of the co-tutelle scheme is located within the Department of Dramaturgy and Musicology that is part of the School of Communication and Culture and situated within the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, one of the largest environments for interdisciplinary research and education in the humanities in Northern Europe. Core research topics address immersive and participatory dramaturgies, affective and social dramaturgies, as well as curating and institutional dramaturgy.

The project

In recent years, the field of dramaturgy has undergone a significant expansion. Far beyond the practice of editing dramatic texts for their realization on stage, and serving as ‘outside eye’ in the rehearsal rooms, contemporary dramaturgy exceeds the work of a ‘dramaturg’. Instead, it sees itself as an activating ‘catalytic’ practice that mobilizes thinking as well as doing.

Engaging with the mobilization of corporeality as well as of thinking, and setting in motion a choreography of problems, challenges, and impasses, this co-tutuelle programme invites the exploration of dramaturgy as an artistic as well as a socio-political practice that may serve as a model for ‘commoning’ the interrogation and debate of urgent problems beyond populist, antagonistic confrontation. As a model for questioning, and a sustainable exploration of new understanding, dramaturgy in this broader cultural frame may enquire about the means of creating insight, but also preserving knowledge archives through the performing arts.

Another important field of dramaturgic intervention is the negotiation of the interrelations and interdependencies of local and global contexts, including the institutional artistic contexts of touring and festivals. As such, the cultural, social and political realm of dramaturgy begins to touch questions of activation, activism, and the mobilization of resistance, too. Furthermore, dramaturgies of motion explore the organization of infrastructural, temporal and spatial constraints as well as dynamics, and a negotiation between objects and non-human mobility and the human common.

The PhD co-tutelle between the department of Dramaturgy at Aarhus University and the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University invites proposals following these outlined premises and the interrogation of cognate problematics. Positioning dramaturgy as a concept of framing and understanding situations in the performing arts and beyond, we invite proposals particularly addressing the following areas:

  • New concepts of dramaturgy in dance, theatre, and performance art
  • Dramaturgy as a ‘lens’ to historicize and actualize dance, theatre, and performance art
  • Dramaturgy as problematization of local and global interrelations in/through the performing arts
  • Dramaturgies of the social and of commonality in the realm of performance
  • Dramaturgical activation of situations of protest, riots, as well as migration
  • Dramaturgical concepts related to new materialism, post humanism, the antropo(s)cene and a post-pandemic society.


This is a fully-funded PhD - including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.

Both institutions cover their respective fees. The stipend is offered for up to 3.5 years depending on satisfactory progress.


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. 

Entry requirements

To enter this cotutelle PhD programme, you must fulfill the admission requirements and be selected by Coventry and Aarhus universities.

Entry requirements include:

  • A first degree (180 ECTS)  and a Master’s degree (120 ECTS)* in a relevant subject area with minimum overall marks at merit level (60%).
  • In addition, the mark for the Masters Dissertation (or equivalent) must be a minimum of 60%. 

If you are an EU (non-UK) or overseas national, you are also required to provide: 

  • A copy of your latest IELTS / SELT qualification certificate awarded in the two years immediately preceding your proposed course start date (an overall ‘Academic’ IELTS score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four components, or a UKVI accepted equivalent English language qualification). 
  • Applicants who do not require a UK Tier 4 visa will be eligible to be HEI assessed on their English Language competence

Or TOEFL iBT minimum score of 95 (minimum 21 in each component)

*Bachelor and Masters qualifications from outside the ECTS system will be assessed and converted by Aarhus University Study Board into Danish equivalencies. If applicants have completed a 3-year Bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and possessed 60 ECTS points of a relevant Master's degree programme, they may be still be permitted to apply and required to follow the 4+4 PhD scheme at Aarhus University. This means that for the first two years of the programme, students are enrolled on both Master's and PhD programmes. They normally complete their Master's degree at the end of the second year. For the remaining two years, students are enrolled as PhD students. 


We welcome applications from all sectors of the community and particularly those currently under-represented in the centre.


How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Susanne Foellmer. When you're ready to apply, click 'apply now.'

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