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[ecrea] PhD scholarships: Community media and the politics of listening

Wed Oct 14 22:32:50 GMT 2015

​*PhD Scholarships in Media Studies: Community media and the politics
of listening*

/Deadline for applications: Wednesday 17 November 2015/
Up to two PhD scholarships are available in association with the ARC
future Fellowship Project, ‘Listening in’. Successful candidates
will be supervised by ARC Future Fellow Dr Tanja Dreher
(​. They will be expected to research topics which
complement the Future Fellowship research.

*Listening in – **improving recognition of community media to support
democratic participation and wellbeing*
New media forms and the community media sector in Australia provide
increasing opportunities for diverse communities to speak up, share
stories and find a voice. This project analyses the political listening
practices necessary to support the potential for voice in this changing
media environment. The project contributes to community wellbeing by
asking to what extent community media is heard in key mainstream
institutions. Case studies examine the ways in which policymakers and
journalists listen in to media produced by Indigenous, Muslim and
Sudanese Australians. The research engages with Indigenous knowledges,
feminist political theory, critical race and whiteness studies to
generate policy-relevant analysis of ethical responsiveness to activist
and community media. .
/Potential topics include:/
-       impact of Indigenous, community or alternative media
-       listening practices of journalists and/or policymakers
-       the politics of listening in the digital age
-       intersectional or decolonizing strategies for media justice
-       listening in media and political theory
-       media and socio-cultural wellbeing

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of
Wollongong offers a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment.
Co-supervision possibilities are available across the faculty. The
successful HDR candidates will have access to the emerging international
network of scholars focused on the politics, ethics and
practices of ‘listening’.

/Eligibility and Application Details/
Applications are invited for commencement in early 2016. PhD scholarship
applicants should have a record of excellent academic performance and
have attained one of the following qualifications: Honours First Class,
a Masters degree by research or equivalent. An Honours degree is a
four-year degree which includes a thesis component. Additional relevant
research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards
and/or prizes will be regarded favourably. Candidates with lived
experience of Indigenous and refugee communities are particularly
encouraged to apply.
Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to
For further information about the project and the PhD scholarships,
please contact Tanja Dreher (attanjad /at/
<mailto:(tanjad /at/>. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss
the application and proposed research project by email with Dr Dreher
before submitting an application.
The scholarship stipend for 2015* is $25,849pa, incremented annually for
3 years. PhD candidates are eligible to apply for faculty conference and
fieldwork funding.

/Applicants should submit:/
1. a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic
transcript to Tanja Dreher at (tanjad /at/
2. a full Higher Degree Research (HDR) admission application including a
UOW Scholarship application via
The application should include an academic transcript, copy of passport
or birth certificate and an outline of your proposed research project.
In the Scholarship Details Section applicants should select ‘Other UOW
Funded Scholarship’ and include the name of the Future Fellow (Dr
Tanja Dreher) and the grant ID number (FT140100515)
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17 November 2015
*2016 figure not yet released​

Dr Tanja Dreher
ARC Future Fellow
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

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