PhD scholarships: Internet-distributed television and platform governance

Photo of Mark Zuckerberg with mediaInternet-distributed television: Cultural, industrial and policy dynamics

Supervisor: Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham (s.cunningham@qut.edu.au)

This project investigates the impact of global subscription video-on-demand platforms on national television markets. As U.S.-based services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video open up these markets to unprecedented competition, the project will provide much-needed comparative analysis of how governments are responding and what the implications are for debates about local content, local screen production, and media diversity. Analysis of original production and programming strategies will identify new forms of transnational media flow. Conceptually, the project aims to advance our understanding of an emerging paradigm of globalising, multiterritory television.

The PhD project sits within a wider Australian Research Council-funded project (conducted by Ramon Lobato (RMIT University), Amanda Lotz and Stuart Cunningham (QUT)). You are invited to propose an area of focus, for example, on a particular streaming service, institution, national context, production practice, policy issue.

The Platform Governance Project: Rethinking Internet regulation as media policy

Supervisor: Professor Terry Flew (t.flew@qut.edu.au)

The Platform Governance Project is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project that investigates the regulatory and policy implications of understanding global digital platforms as media companies. Responding to ongoing public concern about these companies’ self-management of online communication and social media, this project will address these concerns by developing detailed recommendation for reform based on international case studies, enabling media policy makers to more effectively regulate digital media platforms to better align with contemporary public interest rationales. As part of a research a team led by Professor Terry Flew (QUT), and working with Nicolas Suzor (QUT), Fiona Martin (Sydney) and Tim Dwyer (Sydney), the PhD candidate will conduct research on the changing political economy of digital platforms, the value ecology of content distributed online through these platforms, and the shifting relationship of media and communications policy to such challenges. It would be advantageous to have a research background in media and creative industries, and an interest in media law and policy.

Applications must contain the following:

  1. A two page research proposal demonstrating alignment to the selected project including proposed project title, project outline, research question or problem statement, a brief overview of previous relevant research, objectives of the program of research and investigation, research methods/methodologies and plan including references to key literature/contextual sources.
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae including three referees (two referees must be academic).
  3. Academic Transcripts from previous undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Applications close midnight (ADST) Friday 25th January 2019.

Applicants will be notified of outcome by Friday 15th February 2019.

Applications are to be sent as a single pdf to the QUT Digital Media Research Centre Coordinator at dmrc@qut.edu.au

For further information about the projects please contact the listed project supervisor directly via email.

Eligibility 

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also:

  • have completed a first-class Honours degree, a research Masters degree, or a coursework Masters degree with a significant research component from a recognised institution and in a cognate discipline
  • be able to take up the scholarship and begin full-time study no later than July 2019 and enrol full-time
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the aims of either the Internet-distributed television or Platform Governance Project
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

For more follow the link – https://research.qut.edu.au/dmrc/research-training/phd-scholarships-internet-distributed-television-and-platform-governance/?fbclid=IwAR0D06_6gFzx3C82nQPeQbsGxGyDkf6Yg6vX338itlfGq0LRfoUzieOhLkg

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Call for Applications: 2019 South Asian Studies Fellowships

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Cornell University’s South Asia Program (SAP) welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in South Asia (only Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) to visit Cornell University for a fellowship period of between two and four months to undertake research, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to South Asian Studies. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, and to involve themselves in South Asia Program activities. SAP has hosted two cohorts of fellows, in 2017 and 2018.

The South Asia Program will award two fellowships for residence at Cornell University between August and December 2019. Each Fellow will receive $6,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. SAP cannot guarantee success in obtaining a visa, as this is issued by the US government. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow. SAP can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability.

Cornell University’s South Asia Program is an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. It has over 40 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to law, business, and public policy. The U. S. Department of Education has designated SAP as one of eight Title VI National Resource Centers for South Asia.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be resident in South Asia at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.
  • These fellowships cannot to be used for dissertation or master’s degree research.
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America in recent years (since 2014) are not eligible.
  • Citizens of South Asian countries living outside of South Asia are not eligible.

Application

Applications must be submitted online by the 14 January 2019 deadline via https://fundingapp.einaudi.cornell.edu. The application link is at the bottom of the menu on the right, under “External Grants.”

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Decisions will be made based on the quality of the proposed project, the demonstrated capability of the applicant to complete the project, and the project’s fit with Cornell faculty specializations and other university resources (such as the library, curatorial and performance opportunities, etc.).

Applications must include:

  1. All information in the online form, including highest degree received.
  2. A two-page CV including institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and key publications/works produced.
  3. A two-page narrative explaining the work to be undertaken during the fellowship period, proposed dates for the fellowship, its relevance to your scholarly/artistic development, and which Cornell faculty and resources you would like to engage with.
  4. Email addresses of two recommenders. They will automatically receive an email with instructions for their letters of reference, which are due by 21 January 2019.

Please direct any questions to sap@einaudi.cornell.edu.

CfA – 1 PhD and 1 Postdoc position – “Mapping Transnational Conflict Heritage” funded research project, University of Amsterdam (deadline: 28 February 2019)

Applications welcomed for two positions within my research project
“Mapping Transnational Conflict Heritage: Radio Collections in Europe,”
funded via the NWO-Vidi grant, which will be hosted by the Amsterdam
School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) and the
Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

*1. PhD position ‘Media Collections as Conflict Heritage in
Central-Eastern Europe, 1930-1960’
*Link:
www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-705-phd-position-media-collections-as-conflict-heritage-in-central-eastern-europe-1930-1960.html
<http://www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-705-phd-position-media-collections-as-conflict-heritage-in-central-eastern-europe-1930-1960.html>

*2. Postdoc position ‘Digital Media History – Mapping Transnational
Conflict Heritage’
*Link:
www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-704-postdoctoral-position-digital-media-history—mapping-transnational-conflict-heritage.html
<http://www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-704-postdoctoral-position-digital-media-history—mapping-transnational-conflict-heritage.html>

For both positions, the deadline for applications is 28 February 2019,
with the intended starting date as 1 August 2019.

Please feel free to distribute this message widely in your networks, and
you will also find both job positions advertised on
www.academictransfer.com <http://www.academictransfer.com>.

Fully AHRC funded PhD positions at School of Media, Univ. of Brighton

The School of Media at the University of Brighton is seeking applicants
for Techne Doctoral awards fully funded by the AHRC
Supervision for PhD research, is offered in the following areas:

·       Digital Media
·       Data Culture
·       Environmental Communication
·       Game Studies
·       Community Media
·       Screen Cultures
·       Digital Transformations
·       Media Practice
·       Photography
·       Film Studies
·       Sound Studies and Music
·       Gender and Sexuality
·       Digital Humanities
·       Cultural Informatics
·       Creative Industries
·       Mobility and Transport
·       Activism
·       Popular Culture
·       Immersive Media/AR/VR
·       Creative Media
·       Innovation

We are also interested in Candidates for PhDs by Practice.

For more about the School of Media, please see:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/contact-us/academic-departments/school-of-media.aspx
and
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/programme-areas/media-and-communication.aspx

For more about the technē  2019 scheme, please see
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/dtp-ahrc-techne.aspx

For further information please contact Janet Anderson  at
J.Delve@Brighton.ac.uk

Call for Researchers: ICAS:MP, Media and the Constitution of the Political (TM 7)

ICAS:MP, TM7 (Thematic Module 7), invites applications for junior researcher positions. These are for archival collections, ethnographic research and interviews, and legal research, under the supervision of module coordinators Ravi Vasudevan (CSDS) and Srirupa Roy (University of Goettingen). The thematic focuses of the research include:

Social Media, Data and Information Infrastructures

This project looks at data and information infrastructures that have emerged from the rise of social media. The expansion of social media and low-cost mobile phones has seen rapidly growing data collection infrastructures at all points in India. Governments have been modernising data collection while addressing paper-based systems. Private companies work with a host of smaller intermediaries and advanced analytics to analyse and make sense of data.  Networks that work with mobile phones increasingly rely on a steady stream of data about user experiences. Research sites may include government information systems, small scale data collection agencies, media companies, new start-ups that take social media experiences as a significant site of their work. Researchers should be able to combine field work with an interest in conceptual issues posed by social and digital media.

Crowds, Media and Democracy

Research will focus on crowd formations in and through media, from photography and poster art through newsreel and fiction film and sonic technologies such as loudspeakers, to video and the contemporary virality of social media circulation and aggregation. It will explore how media have been deployed to capture, project, invite identification with and mobilize people as mass formations. The project will explore a range of media archives, and their framing by key categories of political discourse, crowd, mass, procession, assembly, riot, uprising, revolution; how they are attached to legal discourse, evidence, culpability, and contest; and how they relate to the political, in terms of tracking key sites, vectors and scales of transformation.

Media in Times of War

This project will explore the relationship between war, media technologies, and the register of the political. Our aim will be to look at how media – radio programmes, photographs and posters, newsreel, propaganda, instructional, educational and fiction films, video film, websites, blogs  and social media – capture and reflect on war, at the front, in barracks and camps, but also in the relation between “home” and the front, as zones which produce men, material and affect. We are also interested in the latency of war, as in the dispersal, distribution, and supra-legal shoring up of military force into border regions, and through paramilitary networks. We are interested in levels of information and publicity about military and paramilitary forms, the levels of visibility and secrecy through which the relationship of the civil and the military is calibrated. We are also interested in the entanglement of media technology with war – as technologies of vision, of seeing and targeting, of listening and surveillance, as deployed by humans and machines – and in the overlap of peace-time and war-time technologies.

Law and Media

This project addresses the penetration of law by media, ie, where law has more than an external and regulatory relationship to media, but is a sphere whose material forms, practices and symbolic edifice are constituted by media. Here, we would like to consider how police stations, legal practices, law courts, forensic procedures and cyber-labs become the site for a variety of media practices, discourses about media, and relate to the complicated phenomena of the media trial.  Scholarship attentive to law and its cultural forms has noted how the court has a certain theatrical quality, in its formal and ritual qualities of performance. It also acquires a cinematic force in the articulation of the visual, the visceral, and the verbal, as it re-expresses the boundaries of permissible discourse in adjudicating censorship. In this project we propose to research more broadly the media form of the world of law: in legislative acts, first information reports and police diaries, judicial pronouncements, case law and file work. We will research paper and speech, graphics and indexical traces, and the status of recorded speech on tape, cassette, as audio-file, new analytic engagements with the voice, and the use of analog and digital video as evidence. We propose ethnographic research, legal research into legislations and case law, and archival research.

Journalism after the Emergency

In collaboration with ICAS: MP Thematic Module 3 on democracy, researchers will be invited to work with, classify and add to interviews conducted with leading journalists going back to the time of the Indian Emergency, 1975-1977.

Research will be conducted under the supervision of module coordinators. The duration of research, and the level of compensation, will be determined by project needs and researcher experience. Send a statement of purpose of one page, indicating how you would contribute to any of these research themes, along with a CV, to:

Laila Abu-Er-Rub, Head of Administration, ICAS:MP abu-er-rub@mwsindia.org

The deadline has been extended to 25 November 2018.

For more,  see the page at Sarai

Deadline Dec. 1: Rosanna Fund @ Utrecht University

ROSANNA Fund: application and criteria

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The ROSANNA Fund is dedicated to talented and under-privileged women students and scholars who are seeking further higher education at Utrecht University. The fund wants to help women researchers and students who cannot find other forms of financial support for crucial transition points in their academic trajectories. The grant is to ensure that no gifted mind is denied access to higher education due to lack of funds.

GRANTS

The ROSANNA Fund gives out short term grants between 2.500€ and 10.000€. The amount awarded to a candidate will depend on the candidate’s financial situation, plans, and needs.

The grant from the ROSANNA fund can vary per candidate, and the candidate can apply for any sum within the grant limits noted above. The candidate’s application must clearly show that she needs the stated sum to help her reach her academic goals. For instance, the grant could be used for the following:

  1. Coverage of tuition fees (master, pre-master, PhD).
  2. Short term living expenses (3 to 9 Months), allowing the candidate to study or gain work experience through unpaid internships.
  3. Coverage of costs of coaching, courses or counselling (or any other activities) which will help the candidate to further her academic career.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The ROSANNA Fund is open to talented women candidates from all over the world who fit the following criteria:

  1. Candidates should have limited financial means and must show demonstrable need for additional financial support in order to complete their education.

  2. Demonstrate a link to Utrecht University:
  • Candidates who seek coverage for tuition fees have to be, or will be, admitted to the Utrecht University to follow a program such as a master’s degree or PhD.
  • Candidates who need support in order to further their academic career seeking a post-doc, tenured position, or a professorship must prove their link to Utrecht University.
  1. Candidates must have a strong academic background and a good record of achievement for subsequent education.

DEADLINES

The next deadline for receiving application is 1 December 2018.

Applications will be reviewed once a year. Deadlines for receiving applications will be published on our website.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates are required to submit the following documents (in English):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation including an explanation of the eligibility for applying for the ROSANNA Fund and short description of academic interests, academic background, and academic ambition
  • Description of the candidate’s financial situation
  • An overview of financial expenses the candidate expects the grant to cover
  • Comprehensive bachelor’s/ master’s diploma transcript in English from the Examination Office, including all marks and grade for final thesis
  • Letter of recommendation from previous academic supervisor regarding academic qualification

All documents should be sent by email to gw.braidottiass@uu.nl with the subject header ROSANNA Fund Application.

After submission, the Board will review the documents. The Board will then decide whether or not to invite the candidate for an interview round, either in person or via Skype. The review procedure can take up to two months.

For more, see this

CIS, Bangalore. Call for Research Fellows – Field Studies of Platform-Work

The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore (CIS) invites applications for *three Research Fellow positions* to undertake field studies of platform-work in two cities, including Bangalore and another city (to be decided). The project seeks to produce a comparative understanding of at least two different kinds of platform-work as unfolding across Indian cities. Each fellow will be responsible for one field study (one form of work in one city) based on their language fluency and research experience. The Research Fellows will be associated with CIS from December 2018 to June 2019, undertake fieldwork, participate in two research workshops, and prepare an Ethnographic Report based on the fieldwork.

Project Background

The researchers@work programme at the CIS is undertaking a study, supported by research assistance from Azim Premji University, on ‘Mapping Digital Labour in India’ with a specific focus on platform-work.

Platform-work refers to different kinds of digitally-mediated service work. Since the rise of ‘Sharing Economy’ (or ‘gig economy’) services like Uber, Ola, UrbanClap, and Swiggy, platform-work has been gaining ground as viable employment in India. Rough estimates suggest that various logistics arms of Indian e-commerce companies more than 1 Lakh delivery personnel for ‘last-mile’ delivery services. Similarly, OlaCabs ‘employs’ 6.4 Lakh ‘driver partners’ and its competitor Uber had 2 Lakh active drivers across 100 Indian cities in 2017.

On the flipside, the arrival of these platform-workers has disrupted and threatened existing labour market arrangements as we have witnessed in national protests by taxi and auto rickshaw unions. Platform-workers have also gone on strikes to secure better wages and fair treatment from tech companies. However, given that platform companies claim to be mere “technological intermediaries” and not service providers, it has proven difficult to bring them under the ambit of existing labour regulations globally.

Research Questions, Methods, and Timeline

The Research Fellow is expected to work part-time (50% of monthly work hours) from December 2018 to May 2019 (6 months), and undertake an ethnographic field-based study of platform-work and platform-workers involved in a specific app-based logistical (say, delivery services) or transportation (say, taxi services) sector.

The field studies will be driven by the following questions:

  1. How are gig economy platforms impacting the labour market in India? Is platform-work driving new patterns of migration across geographies (including rural to urban) and industries? What skills are being demanded of platform-workers, and how are they acquiring such skills and entering this job market?
  2. What legal, social, economic, and technological challenges are being faced by platform-workers, and what structural barriers (say, digital divide) are shaping the ability of platform-workers to articulate and access labour rights in these industries?
  3. How are existing forms and practices of labour management and self-organisation (including formal unions) are being recast in the context of platform-work?

The ethnographic studies will be undertaken using the following methods:

  • Participant observation in two types of sites: 1) within the space of work (say, taxis for Ola/Uber drivers) and, 2) at the spaces of rest/refreshment (say, parking lots and bus stops in select neighbourhoods where drivers and delivery persons often congregate to take a break or eat their meals).
  • Semi-structured interviews with following types of interlocutors: 1) platform-workers concerned; 2) allied service sector workers associated either with the company concerned or interactive regularly with the platform-workers (say, workers at restaurants that get food delivered by the platform-workers concerned); 3) representatives of relevant workers’ unions and trade associations; 4) technology company representatives (designers, engineers and product managers at these platform companies) and, 5) relevant regulatory authorities.
  • Go-alongs of two types: 1) going along with key informants (ridesharing drivers and app-based delivery persons) in their own daily work-commute routines, and 2) going along with passengers in the space of ridesharing taxis, public buses, trains and paratransit commute.

The timeline for the study will be as follows:

  • Last week of November, 2018: Research Fellows are selected
  • December 01, 2018: Work begins (starting with background research on relevant labour market and history in the city concerned)
  • Mid-December, 2018: Initial research workshop in Bangalore, all Research Fellows are to participate in this, along with CIS staff, and project advisors
  • January-March, 2019: Field studies to be undertaken by Research Fellows, supported by fortnightly research calls with the CIS staff
  • April-May, 2019: Preparation of draft ethnographic reports by Research Fellows, supported by fortnightly research calls with the CIS staff
  • May 31, 2019: Submission deadline for complete draft ethnographic reports
  • June 2019: Final research workshop with Research Fellows, members of CIS team, and project advisors (final ethnographic report is to be submitted before this workshop)

Eligibility and Application Process

We are seeking applications from individuals who:

  • Preferably have a postgraduate degree (current students may also apply) in social sciences, journalism, or legal studies (undergraduate degree-holders with research experience may also apply)
  • Are based in the city where the field study is to be undertaken, at least during the duration of the study
  • Are fluent in the main regional language(s) spoken in the city where the study will be conducted, and in English (especially, written)

Applicants with previous research and writing experiences on issues related to labour and work, digital or otherwise, will be given preference.

Please send the following documents (in text or PDF formats) to raw@cis-india.org by Sunday, November 18 to apply for three Research Fellow positions:

  • Brief CV with relevant academic and professional information
  • Two samples of academic/professional (published/unpublished) writing by the applicant
  • A brief research proposal (not more than 500 words) that should specify the city of study preferred by the applicant, and the sector (either delivery services or taxi services) where platform-work will be studied by the applicant

For any clarifications regarding the application process or the field study to be undertaken, please do not hesitate to write to us at raw@cis-india.org.

Remuneration

Each Research Fellow will be paid a remuneration of Rs. 1,50,000 (inclusive of taxes) over three equal installments – 1) on signing of the agreement in December 2018, 2) on completion of fieldwork by end of March 2019, and 3) on submission of complete draft ethnographic report by end of May 2019.

Research Team and Advisory Board

Research Team

The study will be co-led by Noopur Raval (Graduate student, University of California, Irvine) and Sumandro Chattapadhyay (Research Director, CIS).

Advisory Board

The study will be overseen by a team of advisors comprising of Dr. Kavita Philip (Associate Professor of History with affiliate faculty positions in Anthropology and Informatics at University of California, Irvine), Rakhi Sehgal (labour researcher and trade unionist), Susana Barria (Public Services International), and Dr. Winifred Poster (Lecturer of International Affairs at Washington University in Saint Louis).

For more details, see here