PhD Programme in Media and Communication Studies

Call for candidates for the PhD projects 2020

The Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague calls for candidates for the following PhD projects (each supported by a scholarship), for its English-language PhD programme in Media and Communication Studies:

  • Leadership in the 21st century – failing political leadership and decline of traditional political parties, permanent campaigning, politics, and marketing tools

The Ph.D. project should focus on these topics, methodologically it can be approached from different angles. Theoretically, it should be rooted in the political marketing theory and political communication theory. The research can either focus on a specific case study or do a more comparative approach. This PhD project can also be submitted to the Czech-language PhD programme in Media Studies.

Proposed supervisor: Anna Shavit, anna.shavit@fsv.cuni.cz

  • Social constructions and representations of homelessness


This PhD position involves research related to the social construction of homelessness. Research in this area is expected to be driven by a post-structuralist approach and can focus on the social/discursive construction of identities, practices and affects, around homelessness. The research can be located in a variety of social fields and actors, such as mainstream and/or alternative media, the state and its institutions, civil society, the arts, and homeless individuals.

Proposed supervisor: Vaia Doudaki, vaia.doudaki@fsv.cuni.cz

  • Discourses and practices of othering


This PhD position involves research in the broad area of othering. It is expected to be driven by a post-structuralist approach, focussing on the construction and practices of othering through, e.g. the media, the arts, politics, or activism. Projects in this thematic area can examine, for instance, the discourses and practices that create (old and new) ethnic, political, cultural others, in specific contexts and/or at different times, or how these practices can relate to social struggle and resistance.

Proposed supervisor: Vaia Doudaki, vaia.doudaki@fsv.cuni.cz

  • Discursive constructions of the environment


This PhD position consists out of research into the discursive construction of the environment, climate and/or human-nature relationships, driven by a discourse-theoretical (or other post-structuralist) framework, that allows for attention for the workings of contingency, hegemony, materiality and discursive struggle. The research can be located in variety of social fields, including media, the arts and/or museums.

Proposed supervisor: Nico Carpentier, nico.carpentier@fsv.cuni.cz 



  • Alternative constructions of the home


This PhD position consists out of research into alternative and counter-hegemonic constructions of the home, driven by a discourse-theoretical (or other post-structuralist) framework, that allows for attention for the workings of contingency, hegemony, materiality and discursive struggle. The research can, for instance, focus on anti/non-sedentarist constructions, mobile home constructions, involuntary homes (e.g., prison), or lost homes (e.g., after disaster or displacement).

Proposed supervisor: Nico Carpentier, nico.carpentier@fsv.cuni.cz

Application

Interested candidates should submit their applications, using in the online application system, which will be open from 1st January to 30th April 2020. Interest in a particular PhD project should be mentioned in the motivation letter, together with a more developed proposal on the PhD project.

All relevant information, including the link to the online application system, can be found at here and here

Please download the form for filling your dissertation project proposal here.

For general questions, please contact for the Centre of PhD Studies cds.iksz@fsv.cuni.cz. For questions about particular projects, please contact the proposed supervisors.

Doors Open Day for PhD Study in Media Studies - 10. March (Tuesday) at 16:00 at the Institute of Communication Studies (Smetanovo nabrezi 6, Praha 1, 110 00).

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