Posted on: 31 October, 2018
Application deadline: December 10, 2018

PhD studentship on: Arts Engagement and Storytelling as pathways to solidarity with refugees, University of Leeds, UK

The School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds invites applications for a PhD studentship on:

ARTS ENGAGEMENT AND STORYTELLING AS PATHWAYS TO SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES

Collaborative Doctoral Award between the School of Politics at the University of Leeds and Opera North Limited. Funded by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)

Link to the WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) scheme: http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/2019-cda/

Link to the Arts Engagement and Storytelling as Pathways to Solidarity with Refugees project advertisement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15JKRQ29XGL2w8XoiV0vXwda6IjxFBG8VNAnBvXWqxWc/edit

LEAD ACADEMIC AND PARTNER ORGANISATION SUPERVISORS

Dr Kerri Woods, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds

https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/politics/staff/111/dr-kerri-woods

Dr Madeleine Thorne, Head of Community Partnerships, Opera North Limited

https://www.operanorth.co.uk/about-us/community-partnerships-scheme/

Project Summary

Refugees’ stories are often told in performing arts. Community arts projects often engage with refugee groups. Theorists have argued that these practices can serve as pathways to solidarity, and that this is important and valuable given the apparent absence of solidarity with refugees amongst host communities, which has contributed to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. This project asks how storytelling and arts engagement can foster solidarity with refugees and what these practices tell us about the theory of solidarity. At the heart of the project is a collaboration with Opera North Ltd, led by their Head of Community Partnerships.

Candidates

We are looking for someone with a strong educational record to Masters level, with interests in areas relevant to theories of solidarity, and ideally relevant experience of, or interests in, the refugee sector.

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds and will also spend time with Opera North Ltd on their Community Partnerships scheme.

Important note: If you are selected by the CDA project team to be put forward to WRoCAH* your application will be considered competitively within the main WRoCAH competition (deadline 23rd January 2019). Being put forward for consideration is not a guarantee of funding.

*WRoCAH is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of doctoral studentships, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), provided for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10th December 2018.

Please see application information at the links above.

For further information please contact Dr Kerri Woods: k.woods@leeds.ac.uk