PhD Studentship: Embodied Partitions: Exploring Women’s Embodied Memories of the 1947 Partition of India Through Dance.

Loughborough University

Start date: October 2017

Interview date: 28 April 2017

Primary supervisor: Dr Emily Keightley

Secondary supervisor: Dr Anamaria Tamayo-Duque

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Project Detail:

This PhD studentship forms part of the larger five year project ‘Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination (MMPI): British Asian Memory, Identity and Community after Partition’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust, led by Dr Emily Keightley.  Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, this ground-breaking work responds to the urgent need for research which captures cultural memories of Partition in the British Asian community. This research addresses how community identities, including a sense of Britishness, are produced and articulated by South Asian people in the UK through cultural practices and social processes of remembering the 1947 Partition of India.

This project will explore the gendered nature of Partition memory in the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets. The project will use community dance practice and critical dance studies as a key component of the research methodology (alongside other social research methods) in order to explore embodied first and second hand memories of Partition and its role in the formation of contemporary experience and identity. The student will work with East London Dance, a key partner organisation based in Stratford, on the design and delivery of the research.

The project will be based in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London. The start date for the studentship is 2nd October 2017 and its duration is four years.

Find out more:

General information about the Institute for Media and Creative Industries can be found at: and more information about East London Dance can be found at

Entry requirements:

  • Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Performing arts, Dance, Cultural Studies, Gender/women’s studies, Asian Studies or related subject;
  • High level of creativity and enthusiasm to work as part of a large interdisciplinary project;
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Performing arts, Research, Asian Studies, Communications and Media, Cultural Studies/Embodied knowledge of South Asian dance traditions.

Funding information:

Funding for this project is provided by Loughborough University London. The award is for a full time student for four years. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £16,533 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details: Name: Dr Emily Keightley,, +44 (0)1509 223629

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Social Sciences

Please quote reference number:  SPGSLH17/EK2

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