PHD FORUM

CDE’s Ph.D. 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 Martin Middeke (Augsburg) and Clare Wallace (Prague).


Students who wish to participate will find information about deadlines and an application form on the annual conference website. The completed form should be sent to Dr Clare Wallace.

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.

We can accommodate a maximum of 8 participants; if all projects fall within the general remit of CDE, we will select on a first come first served basis.