UCT RETAGS Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021

Deadline: 30 June, 2021

University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced a call for applications for the 2021 Re-imagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South (RETAGS) Fellowship.

The RETAGS project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to understand how tragedy has been refigured in the post-colonial theatre, and how moments of tragic excess are enacted outside of the theatre in the course of revolts against neo-colonial establishments and forces.

The three-year project also aims to understand how tragedy might be utilised as a
tool for understanding the present regime of time and its performative effects in the global
neo-colonial complex that characterises the world as it is emerging now across all


  • The postdoctoral fellowship is valued at R210,000 per annum


  • Open to applicants with doctorate degree in Theatre or Performance Studies or
    a cognate discipline and may not previously have held full-time permanent
    professional or academic posts
  • The successful applicant will have a broad theatre and performance studies research
    focus and an interest in applying concepts and forms from inside the theatre to events
    occurring outside of the theatre in a global South context
  • Candidates will be expected to participate fully in the life of the RETAGS project, to
    mentor junior scholars and to develop their own research and outputs in line with the
    stated objectives of the RETAGS programme
  • Candidates will be expected to conduct fieldwork in various part of the
    African continent and in sites of the African diaspora and to contribute to the
    establishment of digital archives based on such fieldwork
  • Candidates are required to register at the Centre for Theatre, Dance
    and Performance Studies, University of Cape Town, and to comply with relevant
    policies, procedures and practices at the University of Cape Town
  • Fellows are required to be based in Cape Town for the duration of the postdoctoral period except when conducting fieldwork or travelling for approved research purposes

To apply and for more information, click here.

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