Fully-funded PhD-scholarship at Bourmemouth University, UK

Deadline: 5 March 2018
Open to: preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average
Scholarship: a stipend of £14,000 each year to support your living costs


PhD Studentship – Imagining New Futures: Engaging Young People Through Participatory Arts in Post-Conflict Kosovo

This project critically investigates the ways in which the post-conflict generation of young people in Kosovo might be enabled to imagine, construct and share their visions of a more inclusive and socially just future, through selected, participatory arts-based civil society initiatives.
With a focus on a minimum of one selected genre, the participatory arts-forms to be investigated might include: music, song, film, poetry, creative writing, theatre, performance art, street art, design, painting, or any other selected art genre through which identity narratives and visions for new futures might be mediated, negotiated, perpetuated or challenged at the grassroots level. The background to this approach is Performative Social Science (PSS), which offers a fusion of the arts and social science grounded within relational aesthetics (Bourriaud, 2002). PSS emphasizes the collective experience of coming together and creating meaning.

This study contributes to a wider Kosovo case study under the umbrella of the comparative AHRC project ‘Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Civil Societies with, and for, Young People in 5 Post-Conflict Countries’ (2017-2021). It sits within a growing interdisciplinary body of theories regarding the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, which demand wider global and societal participation and inclusion in recognition of the potentials of ‘culture’. The SDGs refer to ‘culture’ both in terms of the anthropological concept as ‘way of life’ and in its aesthetic dimension as ‘art’. IR, political and development studies have followed suit in increasingly conjuring up a ‘local’, ‘ethnographic’, or ‘cultural’ turn. The research will take a critical, immersed ethnographic, case study approach in order to contribute new understandings of how such ideas and ideals are operationalised and deliver the anticipated outcomes in practice.

Key information:

Next start date: 16 April 2018
Duration: 36 months
Location: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Read the full project description on this link.


Preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.


This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £14,000 each year to support your living costs.

How to apply?

Please complete the online application form by 5 th March, 2018.
Further information on the application process can be found at: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/studentships

Please find more information on the official website.