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Cultural and Performative Responses to Climate Crisis


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Monday 1 June 2020
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Professor Jonathan Pitches and Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil
School of Performance and Cultural Industries
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

A fully funded studentship of academic fees (Home/EU rate) and maintenance grant for UK/EU/International students. In light of the significance of climate change and exemplifying the School&rsquo;s mission to explore the way performance may be utilised as a strategy or disposition towards responding to global challenges, the School is welcoming proposals on the theme of cultural and performative responses to climate crisis.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>As the world slips into deepening climate crisis and the agenda moves more towards mitigation than avoidance, the failure of political solutions, even with the support of international research findings, appears starker and starker. (Practice) Research in Mountain Studies and in Cultural Ecology, has revealed the power of local, site-sensitive interventions and cultural expressions in the pursuit of respectful, sustainable relations with the landscape.</p> <p><strong>The proposed project asks what can cultural practices contribute to the climate crisis debate?</strong> How do the core ingredients of performance - affectivity, materiality, activism, relationality &ndash; combine, historically and in contemporary performance to engage more effectively with the macro debates of climate change?&nbsp; <strong>It invites applicants to theorise, historicise and develop new methodologies for landscape intervention,</strong> working either with existing case studies, nationally and internationally or with newly generated Practice research outcomes. The project will be embedded in the University&rsquo;s cross-faculty Net-Zero project and can exploit the interdisciplinary resources of the Priestley Centre. An industrial collaboration with established companies in this area such as Wired Aerial, may also be possible.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is Cultural and Performative Responses to Climate Change&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;Professor Jonathan Pitches/ Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil as your proposed supervisors.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to PhD research degree programmes should normally have a Master&rsquo;s degree and at least a first class or an Upper Second Class Bachelors Honours degree. If you hold relevant work, or other, experience the Faculty may consider this in lieu of a Masters qualification, please check with the relevant school prior to making an application. To study a Masters by Research degree you should hold, or currently be studying towards, a Bachelors Honours degree, in an appropriate discipline where your current or predicted award is at least a first class or upper second class degree. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some Schools, such as the School of Media and Communications, have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>Full fees (at Home/EU rate) and maintenance at UK Research Council rate.&nbsp; Internationonal applicants will need&nbsp;to top up fee to international rate.&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the AHC&nbsp;Graduate School Office<br /> Linda Watson&nbsp;;</p>

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