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PhD Stipend Scholarship: Playing Conditions: How Climate Shaped the Early Modern Theatre

An opportunity is available for an Australian student with a literary studies or theatre history background to commence a PhD with scholarship at the University of Southern Queensland in Semester 2 2022 (11th July 2022), to be aligned with the global research team working on the project “Playing Conditions: How Climate Shaped the Early Modern Theatre.”

While representations of climate and weather in Shakespeare’s plays have been the subject of several studies in recent years, with a particular focus on the “Little Ice Age,” this network of researchers is investigating how documented sixteenth century climate shifts shaped the way plays were written and staged before and during Shakespeare’s lifetime. The successful applicant’s project will cover a specific case study demonstrating links between climate and playing or writing under the principal supervision of Professor Laurie Johnson (the President, Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association, ANZSA).

The recipient will be enlisted as a member of the Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC), and will be given opportunities to present their research locally, nationally, and internationally using networks available through the CHC, the School of Humanities and Communication at USQ, and ANZSA.
  • A stipend of $32,000 per annum.
  • Maximum period of tenure of an award is three years.