Postdoctoral Research Fellow

38 141 £
Date Placed 11 January

Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Full time, Fixed term
Grade: RU07
Salary: £38,141 pa inclusive of London Weighting Allowance

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our English and Creative Writing community within the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Andy Kesson (he/ him, English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton) and Sandra Nelson (they/ them, Media, Arts and Humanities, University of Sussex) have won a project grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the research project, 'Diverse Alarums: centering marginalised communities in the contemporary performance of early modern plays'. They are now seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the project with them.

In joining this project, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to and benefit from the full range of its research and creative work. Diverse Alarums will use a unique combination of methods to bring together and contribute to early modern studies, practice-as-research, audience studies, qualitative research, trans, queer, disability and critical race studies. It stages an extraordinarily important but largely forgotten early modern English play, John Lyly's Galatea, thereby offering contemporary performers and audiences an unparalleled affirmative and intersectional demographic, exploring queer, transgender, disabled and migrant lives in a cast of characters that includes very few cisgender adult males and a plot that builds towards the celebration of a queer and trans marriage. The play has almost no stage history since 1588, and is only starting to be better known amongst academics and students, largely because of the work and work-in-progress of members of this project.

The project will stage a high-profile, two-week production of the play in collaboration with the director Emma Frankland, Marlborough Productions and WildWorks, bringing together early modern and contemporary research with our practitioners' creative work. It will work with our performers and audiences to investigate how the contemporary performance of early modern plays might become opportunities for vital community-building, and work with an additional group of artists to co-create work that responds to the production. The project will result in a number of international conference presentations, publications and a seminar series, and the post-doctoral associate will be able to contribute to all of these outputs. These include an edition of the play that
provides John Lyly's text, the production's spoken script and the production's British Sign Language script.

The interdisciplinary nature of the project means that applicants might come from a wide variety of disciplinary background. For example, these could include, but need not be limited to, queer, trans and disability studies, early modern history, literary, theatre and performance studies, audience studies, rhetoric or sociology. It is hoped that this project will give the successful candidate a wide variety of career development opportunities, and the project team will work with the Postdoctoral Research Fellow to provide these opportunities.

This is a project that celebrates and promotes diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

For an informal conversation about the role, please email Andy Kesson on

To find out more information about the role and what we’re looking for, visit the Working at Roehampton section of our website where you will find full details, how to apply, as well as further information about the benefits of working for us. The University is an equal opportunities and ‘disability confident’ employer.

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