PHD position in the project “Media tourism in China: A local perspective,” Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline: 7 February 2021.
The application is now open for a Chinese student who wishes to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).
This PhD project seeks to answer the two following main research questions: How do locals perceive the representations of their places of residency in popular culture? How do these portrayals shape locals’ place-attachment, their self-identity and, also, their interactions with media tourists? China presents an excellent location to explore the above-mentioned questions due to the long tradition of media tourism in the country, the current boom of domestic popular media, and the lack of research that thoroughly explores the relationship between media representation and destination images in Asia.
Methodologically, the investigation will take a qualitative approach. Textual analysis will be used to analyze the mediated representations in a selection of popular culture texts filmed in well-established filming locations such as the Fujian Province. Participants will explore, for instance, which spaces have been represented and which ones have been excluded, and what type of locals have been portrayed and which ones have been left out. Focus groups and participatory methods (e.g. photo/video voice) will be used to reach a deep understanding about locals’ interpretations of those portrayals, as well as the consequences that these depictions have on their identities and on their relationship with media tourists.
PhD studentship in Language Sciences, at KU Leuven for a joint research project with U Melbourne, Leuven, Belgium & Melbourne, Australia. Deadline: 24 December 2020.
The doctoral project that is to be carried out with KU Leuven as the host institution will analyze the policies, practices and effects of official translations that address culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Brussels. It will ascertain the provision of translation in public services in terms of numbers of translations, types of translations, target languages and types of administrations involved. It will identify the levels at which translation policies, both overt and covert, are formulated and enacted, how translations reach the various language communities, and the role of volunteer translation practices from NGOs and grassroots citizens’ initiatives in public services, particularly with respect to the reworking, re-narration and interpreting of information.
The candidate will select one or two language communities for detailed analysis of the reception processes, with particular attention to instances of trust and distrust in official behavior-change communication. The nature and topic of the communication will correspond to the issues of importance at the time of the study.
The research should lead to an evaluation of the way translation policies are formulated and enacted, with an assessment of their success in achieving trust relationships and influencing changes in behavior. At each stage of the research, comparison will be made with the same policies and practices in the city of Melbourne, with one year of the research being carried out at the University of Melbourne.
Fully-funded Doctoral Scholarships, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Deadline: January 13, 2020 for entry in fall 2021 (but note that separate application to the program is due November 15, 2020).
The School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, invites applications for fully-funded doctoral scholarships to begin in August 2021. The scholarships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend.
The School of Humanities at NTU is a dynamic, creative, and diverse community of scholars with research expertise in Literature, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, History, Philosophy, and Chinese Studies. The School also encourages interdisciplinary research in the following areas: Medical Humanities, Green Humanities, Gender and Diversity Studies, Intercultural Contact and Communication, and Southeast Asian Studies.
DPhil Studentship in Anthropology or Migration Studies, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. Deadline: January 22, 2021.
Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in anthropology or migration studies. This studentship will be for a maximum duration of 3 years and include a stipend and research expenses of no less than £36,000 per annum (with additional support during the fieldwork year). Starting in October 2021 this studentship will be within the framework of the European Research Council project “Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism.” Funding from the European Research Council means that applicants of all nationalities are eligible for this project. If/when Brexit occurs, the project will be supported by the UK Government under identical rules.
The DPhil student will be part of a research team led by Dr Dace Dzenovska and hosted by the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society. Under the supervision of Dr Dace Dzenovska, the student will be responsible for developing and carrying out their own original project in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia (other locations within the former socialist world may be considered) within the overarching analytical and methodological frame of the project. The student will also undertake collaborative work with other team members. The project will study the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed.
5 Fully-funded PhD opportunities, Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University, Coventry, UK. Deadline: 7 October, 2020.
The Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC) at Coventry University invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentships within a dynamic, multidisciplinary research centre. CAMC is home to a vibrant research culture that weaves together three strands of scholarship: Critical Practices, Cultural Memory and Well-being and the Arts. They invite applications for five fully-funded PhD studentships, commencing in January 2021. Each project responds to the Covid-19 pandemic by seeking creative and innovative interventions into the cultural conditions produced by such crises historically, in the moment, and as they are likely to persist in and alter post-Covid experience.
The specific projects available are:
- Venice and its environments: navigating memory, culture and crisis
- Exploring healthcare workers’ experiences and ethical dilemmas faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic through arts-based practice
- Embodying loss: crafting the material in the time of pandemic
- Communicating COVID: messages from the Downing Street Briefings
- The role of design and usability in the adoption of digital self-management technology
PhD Studentships 2020-21 in Language and Culture, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Deadline: 10 September 2020.
Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences is offering a number of full-time PhD studentships in the area of language and culture to start in January 2021. Studentships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend currently set at £15,285 for the academic year 2020-21. The duration of the studentships is three years. The School of Social Sciences also offers a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study. In addition, full-time scholarship holders are normally offered an opportunity to undertake a modest amount of paid teaching support each academic year. The School consists of the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies, the Department of Psychology, and Edinburgh Business School. Research in language and culture is based around the Centre for Translating and Interpreting Studies and the Intercultural Research Centre.
Projects in areas related to language and culture include Translating global heritage: people, space, and memory.
PHD Studentship in Interdisciplinary Child Research, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Deadline: 31 August, 2020.
The PhD candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary research group WorldViews. WorldViews consists of researchers with backgrounds in education, sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary child and youth research. What we have in common is a genuine interest for social justice as well as a desire to understand and reveal power structures and marginalisation processes in formal and informal contexts. WorldViews seeks to contribute to increased knowledge and critical reflection surrounding socio-cultural discourses about childhood, youth, upbringing and family life. In our research, we explore children’s, youths’ and families’ encounters with hegemonic, normative and taken-for-granted sets of values, worldviews and knowledge systems. Through our research we aim to disclose how children and young people’s everyday lives are shaped by diverse understandings connected to class, ethnicity, gender, and generation, and examine processes and relations that create, preserve or reduce ‘othering’.
The PhD candidate will conduct research in the project Visualizing youth narratives: Empower Youth, Broaden horizons, Enhance intercultural encounters (ViYouth). ViYouth is an international and interdisciplinary project. The primary objective of ViYouth is to enhance transformative learning and critical reflection among diverse youth populations (aged 15 to 16) in Norway, the Netherlands, Chile and Brazil. The secondary objective is to develop a model of inclusive education, focusing on a sense of belonging, global citizenship and interconnectedness. The three overall aims are: 1) To empower youth by enhancing a sense of autonomy and protagonist participation in the creation of self-representations. 2) To foster transformative learning through intercultural understanding, appreciation and dialogue among youth. 3) To reduce the potentiality of ignorance, discrimination, racism and xenophobia among youth.
PhD Scholarship on Healthy Ageing in Migrant Communities, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. Deadline: 30 September 2020.
The overall research programme will produce a framework for understanding multicultural ageing that is culturally sensitive, ethical, and has a lifespan focus. The research has three main objectives. First, it explores the role of life-course experiences and the challenges of cultural adaptation in migrants’ ageing trajectories. Further, it seeks to identify individual and social resources as well as systemic and structural barriers to multicultural ageing. Finally, it aims to uncover empowering cultural identities. The research programme draws on a range of qualitative (narrative and dyadic interviews, photovoice) and quantitative (life history data and longitudinal surveys) methods. The research will focus on older adults from large immigrant communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, including British, Chinese, Indian, Samoan, and South African, that differ in terms of cultural dimensions and migration history.
The scholarship is for work to explore 1) meanings associated with ‘ageing well’ for older migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand, 2) how these meanings are created through the migration experience, and 3) whether and how meanings and values associated with ‘ageing well’ as a migrant differ across cultural groups. This PhD project will ideally focus on the ageing experiences of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, applicants who have competence working with other migrant groups will also be considered. The successful applicant will be involved in qualitative research, collecting narrative accounts of older migrants (aged 65 years or older) using interviews or other, culturally appropriate research methods (e.g., talanoa), and quantitative research including analysis of survey data.
Doctoral Researcher on Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Populations (TRUST), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Oslo, Norway. Deadline: 10 August 2020.
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a three-year, full-time position as Doctoral Researcher. The position provides the opportunity to work in a leading international research institution with high academic standards and an interdisciplinary environment. Primary supervisor of the Doctoral Researcher will be Associate Professor Karin Dyrstad at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Senior Researcher Andreas Forø Tollefsen at PRIO will serve as secondary supervisor.
This position is financed as part of a grant from the Research Council of Norway to PRIO for the project “TRUST: Attitudinal Impacts of Refugees on Host Communities in the Global South”, led by Research Professor Halvard Buhaug. Working within the fields of social sciences, the Doctoral Researcher to be employed in this project will conduct theoretical and empirical research on how the arrival and presence of refugee populations in various African contexts affect core sociopolitical attitudes among host communities, drawing on existing population survey data and other relevant source material. While statistical analysis of georeferenced survey responses will constitute the primary scientific tool, qualitative case study analysis may serve as a complementary analytical strategy. The work will result in an article-based PhD dissertation in English.
Doctoral position in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Department of Global Political Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. Deadline: 7 September 2020.
Doctoral programme in International Migration and Ethnic relations (IMER)
Scholars within IMER study, among other subjects, the national, regional, international and global causes and effects of migration in both the society of origin and destination on a structural, institutional, collective, and individual level. IMER is an inherently multi- and interdisciplinary subject, in which for instance sociology, political science, cultural geography, anthropology, economic history, economics, social work, history, ethnology, religious studies, gender studies, and cultural studies are represented. The goal of the programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the doctoral student to conduct research independently and contribute to the development of knowledge within the chosen subject area. The doctoral programme comprises 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies), of which 60 credits are from courses. It is completed when the doctoral student publicly defends his/her printed doctoral dissertation (180 credits).