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SCUDD 2021: Beyond Inclusion

The annual SCUDD conference will take place online on Thursday 24th and Friday 25thJune 2021.

The aim of this conference is to bring together artists, academics, and students to think together about the politics of inclusion: its opportunities, challenges, and limits. The conference begins with a sense that institutional work on diversity and inclusion has tended to rearrange the deckchairs but leave the ship intact and on course for disaster. This conference seeks to identify and interrogate inequalities of access, safety, and opportunity across experiences of exclusion. The purpose here is to identify both the specificities of lived experiences of structural and systemic exclusion but also to look across exclusory practices and phenomena to build resistive solidarities. Moreover, the conference will debate what it might mean to shift the conversation away from inclusion, which retains a sense of the centre enveloping the margin, and instead think through the possibilities for our campuses and our industry to become sites of anti-exclusion.  

The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) represents the interests of Drama, Theatre and Performance in the Higher Education sector in the UK. SCUDD acts as a mediator with bodies such as funding councils, the AHRC and the Arts Councils and is consulted by such organisations when matters of future policy are discussed and decided. Its annual conference concerns topics, issues and debates relevant to those working in drama, theatre and performance in HE. This year’s conference will make space for reflections on working in our field during covid-19 and will continue discussions around advocacy for - and threats to - the discipline. As part of the conference, SCUDD’s AGM will take place. The conference will be free to attend. 

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Available for MA Applied Theatre: Arts, Action, Change

Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick is inviting applications from eligible students for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships to study our new MA Applied Theatre: Arts, Action, Change.

Candidates will need to have applied, and received an offer, for the degree by 26th March 2021. You can apply here https://warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses-2021/appliedtheatre/.

Selected applicants will then be nominated and work with us to draft their application for the scholarship, and will need to submit a separate application online direct to Commonwealth Scholarships by 9th April 2021 https://cscuk.fcdo.gov.uk/scholarships-filter-search/ 

Level of support provided

• Course fees will be covered

• Airfares to and from the UK (must be booked in line with CSC’s travel policy)

• Grant to contribute to study-related costs (exact amount to be confirmed)

• Tuberculosis test fees at a pre-determined amount set by the CSC where required by UK Visas and Immigration

• Excess baggage allowance on return home up to the specific rate as set by the CSC

• Disability Support Allowance for personal living costs (if eligible)

• For Scholars who are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £478 per month for the first child, and £118 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16 (at 2020/2021 rate)

• Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1116 per month

• Warm clothing allowance of £433

Candidate eligibility

Candidates are expected to hold a first degree at either first class or upper-second class level, or at lower-second class level plus a Master’s degree. The CSC cannot assess work experience in lieu of this minimum academic qualification. Pre-sessional English courses are not supported by this programme. Universities must therefore confirm that candidates are sufficiently fluent in written and oral English to pursue their studies immediately and ensure that they meet the English language requirement set by UK Visas and Immigration. To apply for these scholarships, candidates must:

• Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person

• Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country

• Be available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2021

• By October 2021, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second-class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree).

• Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country (for CSC purposes this is classified as a country which does not appear on the DAC list of ODA recipients.

• Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship (note the university may be asked to state its procedures for verifying applicants’ financial status).

• Commit to return to their home country within one month of the end date of their scholarship

Please note These eligibility criteria are current as of October 2020 and are subject to minor changes.

Eligible countries

Bangladesh; Cameroon; Eswatini; The Gambia; Ghana; India; Kenya; Kiribati; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Tuvalu; Uganda; Vanuatu; Zambia


Alison Porter Receives Support from the Space Theatre, Docklands

Last month doctoral candidate Alison Porter made an appearance as a panellist on The Space Theatre Docklands 'Live at 5' 50th broadcast on Facebook.
The Space is small theatre in Docklands which champions new writing (patron Sir Ian McKellen). They've been running a crowd funding campaign with a target of £15k as part of #saveourtheatres. Last month they met the target and Alison appeared on a panel with a group of playwrights and actors who will be sponsored by the campaign funds to talk about their work. As Adam Hemming (Artistic Director) says in the interview, Alison has been working with the Space for a while both as a playwright and also as a reader of play submissions, so it's great that she is able to be involved with them again. Her support package will involve receiving dramaturgical advice and guidance from their literary manager, Mike Carter, as she develops Land of Eagles - a set of verbatim monologues about Human Trafficking from Albania
Find out more about Space and their work on Facebook and on their website:
Mon 09 Nov 2020, 12:41 | Tags: Research Postgraduate Industry Funding


Shoot Festival in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust and Belgrade Theatre present:

SHUT DOWN BUT SCRATCHING

As we find ourselves in deeply challenging times, now more than ever emerging artists need support. The doors to the creative industry have been slammed shut and with that, almost all of the opportunities to make new work.


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