Post-Doc Research Associate at the University of Kent

08 March, 2016 by Margherita Laera | 0 comments

Post-Doc Research Associate at the University of Kent

New post-doc Research Associate position at the University of Kent, working on an AHRC-sponsored project entitled ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness: "Foreignisation" in Theatre Practice'.

Dear colleagues,
I wanted to draw your attention to this new post-doc Research Associate position at the University of Kent, working with Dr Margherita Laera, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, on an AHRC-sponsored Leadership Fellowship entitled ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness: “Foreignisation” in Theatre Practice’. This position is full time from May to December 2016. 

The two-year project aims to carry out research and public engagement activities that place the politics of translation and the representation of otherness through theatre in the public eye. It will investigate questions such as: What constitutes a 'foreignising’ approach to theatre translation? Can the same approach work for different kinds of sources? What might 'foreignisation’ mean for performance and mise en scène? How is a 'foreignising' translation draft negotiated by theatre-makers in the rehearsal room? How do audiences respond to it? 

Dr Laera and her collaborators will select three plays for translation by playwrights based in Europe and writing in Polish, Spanish and French – representing three of the four most spoken European migrant languages in the UK – and organise practice-as-research workshops with professional performers and creative collaborators, led by scholar-translators, to devise and test 'foreignising’ strategies. Dr Laera and Research Associate will carry out ethnographic and other qualitative research during and after the creative process with performers and audiences. 

Scholar-translators collaborating with us on the project include Kélina Gotman (KCL), Aneta Mancewicz (Kingston), Bryce Lease (RHUL) and Simon Breden (Nottingham). 

Each workshop will present its outcome to the public in the form of a rehearsed reading at the Gate Theatre in London in June and July 2016. Each performance will be followed by a post-show debate.

The RA will be carrying out these main tasks:

- organise and carry out the qualitative research

- liaise with the workshop producers, Firehouse Creative Productions, to ensure they are delivered on time and on budget;

- co-organise a one-day symposium on theatre translation on 21 October in London;

- contribute to a special issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance edited by Dr Laera.

This position will suit candidates who have recently completed, or are nearing completion of, a PhD in Theatre/Performance Studies, Translation Studies, Anthropology, or related subject. 

Application deadline: 30 March 2016
Interviews: 7 April 2016
Expected Start Date: 1 May 2016
Please see more details here:
To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter, the name of two referees, and a sample of your writing.
For any questions on the project, the role or the application process, please get in touch with me off list at 
All best,


Dr Margherita Laera
Lecturer in Drama and Theatre
School of Arts, University of Kent
Jarman Building, Room 2.12
Canterbury CT2 7UG
+44 (0)1227 82 7945
Director, MA Taught Programmes in Drama
Convenor, MA European Theatre and Dramaturgy (with a Term in Paris)
Book Reviews Editor (Europe), Theatre Research International

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