Funded PhD Position in Media and Communications commencing 2021

Funded PhD Position in Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne commencing 2021

Expressions of Interest are invited for a PhD scholarship associated with the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Digital photography: mediation, memory and visual communication’ led by Professor Scott McQuire at the University of Melbourne. This is an opportunity to work closely with a senior team of researchers including Professor McQuire, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis and Professor Sean Cubitt (University of Melbourne), Professor Daniel Palmer (RMIT) and Professor Celia Lury (Warwick). The position is full time and the successful applicant will pursue an independent PhD research project aligned with the larger ARC project under the supervision of Professor McQuire.

We are seeking a highly motivated student with demonstrable research skills and academic experience to undertake a project on the topic of ‘Networked Digital Photography and Memory’. This is conceived as a discrete project focusing on material-semiotic analysis of a corpus of digital photographs gathered from research participants in the course of the project. The student will be expected to contribute to fieldwork research into everyday photographic practices, and will receive training in participant observation, interview and photo-elicitation to assist the project’s investigation of the ways in which digital photographs support new modes of mediated communication, social encounter and remembrance.

Applications are sought from those with relevant academic qualifications and expertise in one or more of the following fields: photographic theory, media and communications, visual culture, visual ethnography, cultural studies.

The scholarship offers 100% fee offset and a living allowance of $31,200 per year pro rate (2020 full time study date) for to 3.5 years. Applicant for this scholarship must meet the entry Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Arts (full details can be found on the Doctor of Philosophy - Arts web pages) and have received a minimum result of first-class Honours in their qualifying degree. Meeting the University's English language requirements is essential.

Enquiries: Email Professor Scott McQuire


Deadline for Expression Interest is 15 July 2020

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