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  Citing Dance: Authorship, ownership and acknowledgment in social media dance

   Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)

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  Dr Hetty Blades  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

January 2024 Entry

Full Time- 1 Year

Details of the MRes

The sharing and copying of dance is common on social media, raising important questions about authorship, ownership and acknowledgment. Citing Dance will analyse the ways that dancers and choreographers on social media make explicit the movement references and influences that inform their work to give ‘credit’ (Bench 2020, Boffone 2021), and identify where acknowledgment is not happening. It responds to the following questions: 1. (How) do dancers and choreographers on social media attribute and acknowledge others? 2. What do forms of attribution and acknowledgment on social media reveal about dance authorship and ownership? 3. How do web-based technologies support and inhibit attribution and acknowledgement? 

The candidate will decide which dance genre(s) and platform(s) are studied and design their own project in response to these questions. Potential methods include: case study analysis, interviews and/or practice-research. The expected outcomes are a Master’s thesis, practice outcomes (if the candidate chooses this route) and a best practice guide for citing dance online. The candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside the project Moving Online: Ontology and Ownership of Internet Dance (AHRC 2022- 24), led by Hetty Blades.

Bench, H. (2020) Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common. Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press

Boffone, T. (2021) Renegades: Digital Dance Cultures from Dubsmash to TikTok. New York: Oxford University Press


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. 

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry criteria for applicants to the MRes

·       A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), or an equivalent award from an overseas institution.


·       An adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated by applicants whose first language is not English. The general requirement is a minimum overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, or the TOEFL iBT test with a minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in each of the four sections.

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All applications require a covering letter and a 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.    

Communication & Media Studies (7) Creative Arts & Design (9)

Funding Notes

MRes M4C Routes in Studentship Award
Fully Funded with Stipend
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