PhD Studentship in Dance at Coventry University

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Coventry School of Art and Design conducts world-leading research and is offering exciting PhD opportunities through a number of bursaries for students, to work with our professors and other researchers. In addition to more mainstream approaches, research projects may be practice-based where appropriate. There is a studentship available in dance as follows:
Dance Annotation (Professor Sarah Whatley)
The last decade has seen a rise in dance projects, often initiated by dancer artists themselves, which have utilised digital technologies as a way of experimenting with different modes of transmission. Some of these projects have incorporated annotation as a tool for users to deepen their engagement with the dance, to offer an alternative mode of analysis and to reveal otherwise ‘hidden’ properties in the dance.  But there has not yet been a systematic analysis of the impact of annotation on dance and whether it has brought about changes, positive or otherwise, in how dance is made, viewed, appreciated and shared.  This PhD studentship will focus on annotation and its roots in analogue forms, including dance notation systems, to explore the impact of annotation as a tool within dance production, pedagogy and research/scholarship.  The PhD will ask questions that might include: How does annotation impact on modes of dance analysis, criticism, practice and reception? What different kinds of annotation tools are available?  How do they work, who is using them, what changes?  To what extent do digital humanities offer a critical lens for examining annotation in dance?
Based in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, the successful candidate will join a team of researchers and PhD students who have many contacts with dance artists and companies, in the UK and world-wide, who have developed digital tools that have included experiments with annotation. The student will therefore be able to access artists, projects and experienced researchers as part of the research activity. Through a partnership between C-DaRE and Deakin Motion.Lab, Australia, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to explore links with colleagues at Deakin University who are working in this field as part of the research process. Supervision will be provided by Sarah Whatley and Scott deLahunta.
Candidate Specification:
The student should have an MA in Dance or a related subject relevant for the study area. Some experience of working with digital technologies would be an asset as would a working knowledge of the professional dance environment. The project is likely to include fieldwork and this might mean travelling overseas. A working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies is desirable.
Only UK/EU citizens may apply with the academic requirements as listed on:
Award Details: Tuition Fees + Maintenance grant:  £13,726 per year
Duration: 3 years Fixed Term (Sept 2014 start)
Application deadline: 25 July 2014
Interview Dates: 3 September 2014
Further details can be found on our website at: 
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Sarah Whatley, details below.
Professor Sarah Whatley BA PhD
Professor of Dance and Director: Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)
Coventry School of Art and Design
Coventry University
ICE Building
Coventry CV1 5NE
Tel: 024 76158352
Mob: 0797 4984304