AHRC Funded PhD Studentship: ‘In-visible Difference; Dance, Disability and Law’

Please note that the deadline for this award has been extended to 11 February 2013, with interviews taking place on 7 March 2013 in Exeter. The studentship will start on 1 April 2013.

We are looking for a candidate who is interested in combining legal academic research with a genuine interest in the broad area of dance and disability. This is a fully funded place for 3 years of PHD study in Exeter.

The key question for exploration in the doctoral thesis in law is as to whether we have the optimum copyright framework for the protection and exploitation of disabled dance both now and into the future. By optimum, we mean a framework that supports the fullest possible performance, exploitation and preservation of disabled dance and its possibilities for the benefit of the participants and society. Within that we include both commercial and non-commercial interests. In seeking to address this question the thesis will explore the relevant legal copyright framework and its theoretical underpinnings. This will be supplemented with empirical research through the student’s involvement in the multi disciplinary research grouping established by the Project. Through engaging with disabled dance artists the research will seek to map the copyright framework on to what the dancers actually do and how they perceive their place in relation to the copyright framework by reference to such questions as ‘who authors the dance’?; ‘who owns the dance’?; and ‘to what extent does the creation of the new dance draw upon what has come before’?. Through close engagement with the PhD in dance, crossovers and disconnections between observations and interpretations will be identified and debated, to further understanding of discipline-specific perspectives.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant research environment, participating in a range of research events. S/he will also develop a working relationship with a doctoral candidate based at the University of Coventry, whose focus will be on the dance aspects of the project. Both students will take an active role in the dissemination processes, including using social media to gain valuable information and to establish a dialogue with the wider dance community.

We are looking for a candidate who is interested in combining legal academic research with a genuine interest in the broad area of dance and disability. Applicants must have a good first or Master’s degree in law or a closely related subject. Other professional experience relevant to the scope of the project would be advantageous. Applicants must also meet the AHRC’s criteria for residency and be able to demonstrate the potential to develop advanced research. The project involves working with a range of stakeholders including dance artists with disabilities so experience of working in this field is advantageous.



Application deadline: 11th February 2013
Number of awards: 1
Value: Fully Funded
Duration of award: per year
Contact: SSIS Graduate Research School team ssis-researchadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to complete an online web form where you must submit some personal details and upload the following documents by 11.59pm on 11 February 2013:

  • CV
  • Covering letter – outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project
  • A 1000 word statement outlining what you see as the particular opportunities and challenges of this research project – please upload this in the research proposal section
  • Transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate – where applicable
  • 2 references – if your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to the email address given above.

Please note that if you are successful in being awarded funding you will then be asked to apply for a study place in addition to formalise the funding offer.

Selection Process: All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and will be required to give a 10 minute presentation. The interviews will take place on Thursday 7 March in Exeter.

For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=1048 


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