CDE’s PhD Forum was initiated during the Meissen Conference 2003 and met for the first time at the Bamberg Conference in 2004. Participants have included graduate students from various European universities, united in the love of and the struggle with contemporary theatre and drama in English.

As an organisation dedicated to assist and support graduate students working in the area of contemporary drama in English, CDE annually hosts a graduate colloquium in the days immediately prior to each regular annual conferences.

During the forum, students are able to introduce and discuss their research projects as well as individual chapters from their dissertations with each other in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

The forum is currently moderated by Professor Clare Wallace (Charles University Prague, Vice-President of CDE), and Professor Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg).

Students will be selected according to the following two criteria:

  • the relevance of their research project to the general remit of CDE
  • the overall number of applicants

The next meeting of the PhD Forum will take place on Thursday 23 June 2022 in Paris at the conference venue, starting from ca. 9am with a coffee break roughly in the middle and lunch at the end. Students travelling from abroad will need to arrive on Wednesday. CDE will take care of the selected students’ workshop fees and extra night’s accommodation and meals.

Application for the 2022 PhD Forum:
Please note that the PhD Forum 2022 is now full.

  • The list of participants will be circulated by 10 April 2022.
  • Participants should register for the conference and join CDE (in case they are not already members), please visit the conference website. Only members of the association may participate in the forum.
  • In order to participate in this one-day workshop, you are invited to send a project outline of your PhD thesis, your theoretical framework or an individual chapter. Contributions will be circulated in advance among all participants, who will be asked to read them prior to the forum. On the date, you should briefly present your project (10-15 min) to allow enough time for feedback and discussion (30 min approx.). The number of participants is limited in order to grant enough time to individual projects. Please note that this is not a conference paper; rather, it should be a presentation of your research and your problems/progress with it.  The forum is not open to non-participants and all work presented is done so in confidence.
  • By the 5th May materials for presentation and discussion should be sent to Clare Wallace at and will be circulated to the list.
  • Participants are requested to read all contributions to the forum in advance so that we can take part in the discussion.

We are looking forward to your applications and to meeting you in Paris!