Get R210,000 per annum in the Re-imagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021 (For African postgraduates)

Are you a postdoctoral fellow interested in joining a project (The RETAGS project) for a three-year period? Then you should apply for the Re-imagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake research and gain professional experience under the supervision and mentorship of Prof. Mark Fleishman, the Principal Investigator of the RETAGS project.


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The Postdoctoral Fellowship is valued at R210,000 per annum, renewable for a total of three years (2021 2022-2023) on the basis of satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds.


The opportunity is open to :

  • Candidates who hold a PhD degree in Theatre or Performance Studies or a cognate discipline 
  • Candidates who have not previously have held full time permanent professional or academic posts.

Requirements/Terms and Conditions

  • The successful applicant will have a broad theatre & 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. Furthermore, an interest in, and willingness to contribute to, the curation of online, digital archives of data collected through fieldwork, would be an advantage.
  • 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 program. They may be invited to teach and supervise, subject to the limits on Postdoctoral researchers.
  • The successful candidate 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.
  • The successful candidate will be 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. The fellow will be required to be based in Cape Town for the duration of the postdoctoral period except when conducting fieldwork or traveling for approved research purposes.

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Application Instructions

To apply, send the following documents to  and copy Prof. Mark Fleishman at :

  • A letter of application describing your work and how it fits with the themes of the RETAGS project
  • A CV (including research activities and outputs);
  • Your academic transcripts; and
  • Two letters of reference from academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside you.

About the Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS)

Re-imagining Tragedy Africa and Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021

The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS) at the University of Cape

Town (UCT) focuses on teaching Dance and Theatre performance as forms of critical inquiry,

creative expression, pedagogy and public engagement.

Discover more opportunities from University of Cape Town (UCT).

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

SABII offers participants networking, funding, business, and partnership opportunities with prestigious organizations across the globe.

They enlist organizations like Impact Hub Africa that’s focused on fostering social innovation through their community, consultancy, and creative space. They aim to bring society and innovation together by using entrepreneurship to create collaborative impacts.

SABII is in partnership with AfriLab. In 2019, SABII participants joined in AfriLabs’ Annual Gathering which held from October 28 to 30 that year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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