Funded PHD Studentships in Sport, Media & Gender

The Media group in the Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences is
currently inviting applications for fully-funded doctoral studentships
in the field of *Sport, Media and Gender* to join our PhD programme at
Northumbria University through the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium.

For details and to apply (deadline: 9th January 2019), please visit the
Northumbria University website

*Project Title: *New approaches to the study of representations of
sportswomen and/or femininity in British sports media

*Project Rationale and Description:*
The development of rigorous, theoretically informed explanations of the
meanings, effects and practices of the sports media’s construction of
femininity has a long history dating back to the 1970s. However, there
are contemporary challenges to our understanding of the role and
influence of sports media in the representation of gendered identity,
not least due to the recent scale and pace of technological change in
the media such as, for example, the advent of social media as well as
the emergence of new forms of femininity such as the “pretty and
powerful” third wave female athlete. Both these phenomena have
significantly altered the ways in which sports media representations of
femininity are produced, disseminated and interpreted.
The aim of this project is to investigate the contemporary
socio-cultural construction of female identity in the sports sector
through the representations of female athletes and/or female
non-athletes in the coverage of men’s sport. It can draw on
inter-disciplinary conceptual approaches and theoretical tools
(including, but not limited to, sociology, cultural studies, human
geography and politics), and can encompass discussion of British
print/broadcast/online sports media, so long as it has been created
within the last decade (approximately).
The nature of this project is that it is open to a wide variety of
approaches. Possible topics could include, but are certainly not limited
to, the following:

* The gendered context of sports media industries
* Sports media representation of female non-athletes
* Sports media, gender and race
* The impact of social media on female athletes’ self-representation
* The impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in sports media
* Inclusive and exclusive framing of trans athletes
* Representations of Muslim sportswomen and femininity
* Gender-marking within sports marketing

This PhD studentship is based within the Department of Social Sciences
at Northumbria University. Potential applicants are advised to identify
a potential supervisor to work with in formulating their application,
and to ensure that the ‘fit’ between the proposed project and the
research context and environment at Northumbria University is clearly

Enquiries can be made to Roger Domeneghetti
The deadline for applications for October 2019 entry is *9 January 2019
(5pm) *but it is important to make contact as soon as possible.
For further details, please visit:

CFP: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference 2019

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society
​Call for Paper




The IACS network is now over two decades old, and this is the first time the IACS biennial conference is being held in the Philippines. It is also only the third time the conference has come to South-East Asia, after Singapore 2013 and Surabaya 2015.

Powered by the notion of ‘South-East-Asia’ as a cultural and political imaginary, this IACS Conference dwells on the complexities and possibilities of connection – over water, land, air and cyberspace. An archipelagic gravity contributes to grounding the subterranean flows that have marked the region for centuries, and that take on other dimensions under newer regimes of globalization. As twentieth-century concerns about rights, citizenship, nationalism, and cultural identity are replayed and transformed in the twenty-first, and in the digital realm, the landscape of the region, and the geographies of Inter-Asia involvement, are re-configured. At the same time, the emergent dystopias and promises afforded by the digital present themselves for our reckoning. As older ways of thinking about self and society give way to identities converging in and through these ‘fluid circuits’ of dis/connection, how may we re-imagine the task of cultural studies?

From the perspective of key concerns of Philippine cultural politics, we present a set of thematics through which we invite conference participants to situate their work and engage with our common issues.

Plenary Panels: 

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Identity
  • Politics of Language and Translation
  • Techno-cultures


  • Art-making in the 21st Century: Practices, Traditions, Futures
  • Catastrophe and Resilience
  • Cultural Politics of Tourism and Heritage
  • Archiving Local Knowledges
  • Post-Cold-War geo-politics
  • Cultural Policy and Community
  • Film, Media and Cultural Change
  • Social Media and Technologies of Intimacy
  • Gender and Religious Identity
  • Cyber-politics and the Cultures of Governance


A. Individual Papers

  • While we prefer panel proposals, we will be accepting individual paper proposals, on condition that author(s) would accept our decision on the organization of relevant papers into panels and the right to reorganize panels due to withdrawals and other contingencies
  • Individual paper proposals must be submitted electronically via the below submission system.
  • Before starting the below proposal submission, please prepare details to fill in proposal application form: paper title, 300 word abstract, participant’ name, institution, email, and nationality.

B. RoundTables

  • Roundtables allow a group of participants to convene with the goal of generating discussion around a shared concern. Roundtables are limited to no more than five participants, including the organizer. We encourage roundtables involving participants from different institutions, organizations, and countries.
  • Proposals for roundtables must include: roundtable title; a description of the position statements, questions, or debates that will be under discussion; and the names, titles, affiliations, email addresses, nationalities of the proposed roundtable organiser and participants.



The 2019 Conference Call for Paper is available: