Expression of Interest for PhD Programme Kingston University

The Department of Performing Arts at Kingston University London invites expressions of interest from strong researchers to join our PhD Programme in October 2018. The department is home to and supports a lively research culture in Dance, in which practice-based and written creativity inform each other.

We foster an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach to the study of movement practices, cultural histories and performance philosophies through the development of theoretical perspectives and practice-as-research projects. A distinctive social and political engagement is embedded in our critical and embodied practices.

Areas of supervision include:

* Dance and performance theory; dance and political philosophy

* Practice-based research: somatic practices; phenomenology; presence and absence; experimental dramaturgy

* Popular, social and vernacular dance practices: negotiations of gender, sexuality, race and class; popular dance on screen

* Dance and identity: ethnicity; transnationalism; migration; memory; conflict and reconciliation

* Interdisciplinary movement practices: site-specific performance; choreography and architecture; dance and urban design; dance and performance art

* Social choreographic practice: dance and conflict resolution; collaboration as social practice; dance within socio-political infrastructures

* Dance ethnography and anthropology: classical, performative, multi-sited and cyber ethnography; life histories; visual ethnography

* British and European contemporary choreography

* South Asian dance: history, choreography, performance, aesthetics, pedagogy, spirituality

Further information on the AHRC/TECHNE funding programme can be found here:

Guidelines for application, forms and Faculty deadlines (5 January 2018) can be found here:

We recommend that you contact us to discuss your project. Initial proposals for fully written or practice-based research in Dance should be sent to by 1st December.