U Bath PHD Studentship: Cultivating Open-Mindedness for Dialogue (England)

“Studentships“PhD Studentship in Psychology: Cultivating Open-Mindedness as a Method for Fostering Dialogue and Intellectual Curiosity, University of Bath, England. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

The University of Bath (Department of Psychology) is pleased to offer a PhD project starting in October 2020, supervised by Dr Gosia Goclowska and Professor Gregory Maio. This project is in competition for funding from the ESRC South-West Doctoral Training Partnership and our internal URSA funding scheme.

Open-mindedness is a desirable personality trait and one of the most appealing social values. Open-minded individuals are thought to be among the most tolerant, curious and creative people. For instance, open-minded personality traits have been associated with positive attitudes towards ethnic minorities, greater creativity, and being more receptive to ideas and norms from other cultures. However, despite a tremendous amount of knowledge about open-minded personality traits, scientific knowledge on how to foster greater open-mindedness is still lacking.

This project will look at various methods of increasing open-minded behaviour. Central to the project is the idea that open-mindedness is a dynamic and malleable state and that everyone can be open-minded (Gocłowska, Ritter, Elliot, & Baas, 2019). As an abstract social value open-mindedness can be understood (instantiated; Maio, Hahn, Frost, & Cheung, 2009) in many ways, for instance as non-defensiveness in the face of disagreements, intellectual curiosity, or the courage to take bold and risky decisions. Embracing these various instantiations of open-mindedness can, in turn, lead to a range of positive societal outcomes.

Drawing on personality research (Gocłowska et al., 2019) and on the psychology of social values (Maio, 2017), the aim of this PhD project will be to develop new methods of increasing open-minded behaviour. The developed methods will draw on the different ways in which people instantiate open-mindedness (e.g., as non-defensiveness, risk taking, curiosity).

Michigan State U: Second Language Acquisition – Funded PHD (USA)

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Fully funded PHD in Second Language Acquisition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. Deadline: December 6, 2019.

The Michigan State University Second Language Studies Program is offering a fully funded Ph.D. position in Second Language Acquisition with a specialization in language policy. This person will assist Dr. Peter De Costa with research on language policy, with a specific focus on multilingualism in K-12 contexts, a critique of neoliberal English as a medium of instruction (EMI) policies, and family language policy in international and domestic (US) settings. Priority will be given to individuals who are interested in exploring the interface between language policy and SLA and who have experience in carrying out innovative multimodal language-in-education policy research. The position includes a full MSU tuition waiver, a bi-weekly stipend 9 months per year, and health care year round (12 months per year). To apply for this position, apply as normal (as indicated below) but, in your Personal Statement, write “Application for the Language Policy Graduate Research Assistantship” at the top. if you have questions about this position, please email Dr. Peter De Costa. To apply for the doctoral program (deadline: December 6, 2019), go to Admissions.

KU Leuven PHD Fellowship: Interactional Linguistics/CA (Belgium)

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PhD Fellowship, Interactional Linguistics/Conversation Analysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

A new research project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis. The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled “The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space”. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel), as well as 4 PhD students. For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).

This project studies how unacquainted persons spontaneously engage in interaction in multilingual cities in Belgium and Switzerland. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions:

  • How can people engage in pro-social encounters without knowing in advance which language the other speaks? How do speakers decide, in the very first moments of the encounter, which language(s) they are going to use?

  • How do speakers orient to the multilingual setting in encounter openings? How do speakers align or disalign with a “basic code” proposed in the greeting?

  • Do urban public spaces represent “territories of multilingualism” in the speakers’ actual talk?

  • In public space, the beginning of an encounter emerges first of all through visible embodied behaviour; what is the relation between the organisation of visible embodied conduct and the politics of multilingualism?

The above questions are crucial for research on multilingualism, but also for contemporary societies in general. The project thus highlights the foundations of co-sociality, and the conditions for pro-social encounters between strangers (possibly speaking different languages).

U Westminster MPhil/PHD Studentships Linguistics (UK)

“Studentships“MPhil or PHD Studentships, School of Humanities, University of Westminster, London, UK. Deadline: 17 May 2019.

The School of Humanities at the University of Westminster is offering two studentships, including a fee waiver of home/EU fees* and stipend of £16,777 per annum for three years full-time study, to commence in either September 2019 or January 2020. The School of Humanities, based in the University’s historic Regent Street building, offers a vibrant, multidisciplinary research environment with a well-established PhD programme in, or across, a wide range of disciplines, including Contemporary Chinese Studies, English Language, English Literature, French and Francophone Studies, History, Linguistics, Museums and Heritage, Translation Studies, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies.

The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

  • Multilingualism including community/heritage languages
  • Migration, exile, language and spaces
  • Language contact including creole languages
  • Language and gender
  • Historical study of the English language

To discuss informally where your research idea might fit within these specialisms, or for queries about any aspect of the application process, please contact Dr Helen Glew.

U London PHD Studentship: Multilingualism (UK)

“Studentships“PHD Studentship offered by Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England, based at SOAS, University of London: Multilingualism in perspective: Language practices, identities and ideologies in the Sylheti community in Tower Hamlets, London. Deadline extended to 17 May 2019.

Applications invited for a fully funded PhD study in collaboration with the Osmani Trust, based at the Osmani Centre (Tower Hamlets, London), with academic supervision at SOAS and at Goldsmiths, University of London (both partners in the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE)).  The PhD will focus on language practices, identities and ideologies in the Sylheti community in Tower Hamlets, London. The main criterion is that the candidate should have an interest in Sylheti and a commitment to community engagement. Candidates should ideally have some competence in Sylheti, or be willing to learn Sylheti; if necessary, language training will be provided through mentoring by fluent speakers. We are particularly interested in candidates with a specialisation in the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. The PhD is already partially defined in terms of data source and broad theoretical orientation, but the student will be able to put their own stamp on it. The studentship is available to UK/EU citizens, for both full-time and part-time study.

U College Cork PhD Studentship: International Business (Ireland)

“Studentships“PhD Studentship in International Business & International Management, Department of Management and Marketing, University College Cork, Ireland. Deadline: 1 April 2019.

The Department of Management & Marketing, Cork University Business School, University College Cork invites motivated & talented graduates with outstanding academic records to apply to our PhD Scholarship scheme within International Business & International Management. We are looking to recruit the highest calibre PhD students from across the globe. Our scholarship offers up to four years funding, covering doctoral programme tuition fees & an annual stipend of €16,000 per year (subject to satisfactory progress in studies). Teaching experience will also be provided & is part of the scholarship. Open to UK or EU students.

U Westminster PhD Studentships (UK)

“Studentships“The University of Westminster is now part of the Technē AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The DTP has 57 full PhD studentships to give out each year over the next three years (beginning in Sept 2019) in the areas of the arts and humanities. The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

  • Historical study of the English Language
  • Language and gender
  • Language contact including creole languages
  • Migration, exile, language and spaces
  • Multilingualism including community/heritage languages

Stockholm U PHD Studentships (Sweden)

“Studentships“Stockholm University is advertising for a fully funded PHD position in Bilingualism, at the Centre for Research on Bilingualismthe Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden. Closing date: 15 October 2018.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1 place in the PhD program in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. We welcome especially applications where the research proposal falls within the field of transnational multilingualism and is framed as a Linguistic Ethnography (although these are not requirements).

Other studentships available include Cinema Studies (“with a significant focus on turning points and alterations of media from various theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives”), Fashion Studies (which may include “fashion practices and social identity”) and Linguistics (either Phonetics or Linguistic Typology).

U Oulu PHD Studentships (Finland): CA/Interaction

FellowshipsThree 4-year and salaried doctoral student positions in conversation analysis / interaction analysis open at the University of Oulu in the COACT (Complexity in (inter)action) research community. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

1. Doctoral student, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: The use of mobile devices in face-to-face interaction).

2. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Interaction in international crisis management).

3. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking).

Loughborough U PHD Studentships (UK)

FellowshipsImproving the Health of Our Online Civic Culture: A New Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough University. Deadline: April 27, 2018.

Established in 2018 with a £300,000 award from Loughborough University’s Adventure Research Programme, the Online Civic Culture Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) applies cutting-edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. Led by Professor Andrew Chadwick, it features a team of ten academic supervisors drawn from the disciplines of communication, information science, social psychology, and sociology. The CDT enables interdisciplinary teams of researchers and PhD students to work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation, and the rise of hate speech and incivility online. It develops evidence-based knowledge to mitigate the democratically-dysfunctional aspects of social media. At the same time, it identifies and promotes the positive civic engagement benefits of social media.

Across the world, we face fundamental questions about how the routine use of social media is reshaping the civic cultures of democracies. Central to the debate is whether the features of social media that enable citizens to express themselves, exchange opinions, coordinate with others, and rapidly circulate and recirculate messages also encourage the diffusion of false information, incivility, and hatred.

One of the 3 studentships seems particularly relevant to CID followers: 

The Cultivation of Hatred Online

Primary supervisor: Professor Andrew Chadwick.
Secondary supervisors: Professor Tom JacksonDr Karen LumsdenDr Cristian Tileagă.

This PhD will explore online discourse promoting misogynistic and/or racist hate speech. The research will address, for example, the rise of the so-called “alt-right” online and assess whether social media discourse cultivates deep emotional involvement from individuals and groups who promote such ideas. It will also consider the power and significance of oppositional responses, such as, for example, the #MeToo movement, Hope Not Hate, and Black Lives Matter. The project will explore the potential of methods and tools that use artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques that may be used to combat racism and/or misogyny.