Applications are invited for a PhD research topic focusing on the artistic re-enactments of performances from across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in recent artistic practice. The PhD project will focus on the analysis of these re-enactments and their relevance to the local, regional and global context. The dissertation will address the following research questions: what are the various functions of artistic re-enactments of performances in Eastern Europe? How do these functions compare with current understandings of re-enactment in the West? How can re-enactments be used to access a lost or inaccessible history (such as performance art in Eastern Europe)? Also welcome are proposals that consider revisiting culturally relevant or historically significant places by artists or within the context of artistic re-enactments.
This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.
Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. Applicants will be expected to have a familiarity with the particular context of contemporary and performance art in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Applicants should also have the relevant language skills to complete primary source and field research.