from Nic Salazar at the University of Leeds:
Cultural and Performative Responses to Climate Crisis
A fully funded studentship of academic fees (Home/EU rate) and maintenance grant for UK/EU/International students. In light of the significance of climate change and exemplifying the School’s mission to explore the way performance may be utilised as a strategy or disposition towards responding to global challenges, the School is welcoming proposals on the theme of cultural and performative responses to climate crisis.
As the world slips into deepening climate crisis and the agenda moves more towards mitigation than avoidance, the failure of political solutions, even with the support of international research findings, appears starker and starker. (Practice) Research in Mountain Studies and in Cultural Ecology, has revealed the power of local, site-sensitive interventions and cultural expressions in the pursuit of respectful, sustainable relations with the landscape.
The proposed project asks what can cultural practices contribute to the climate crisis debate? How do the core ingredients of performance – affectivity, materiality, activism, relationality – combine, historically and in contemporary performance to engage more effectively with the macro debates of climate change? It invites applicants to theorise, historicise and develop new methodologies for landscape intervention, working either with existing case studies, nationally and internationally or with newly generated Practice research outcomes. The project will be embedded in the University’s cross-faculty Net-Zero project and can exploit the interdisciplinary resources of the Priestley Centre. An industrial collaboration with established companies in this area such as Wired Aerial, may also be possible.
Application deadline June 1