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[ecrea] PhD positions in Film Studies at University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Tue Jan 10 19:14:54 GMT 2017

  The University of Gothenburg is now advertising open applications for
  PhD applications in Film Studies. We have a variety of specialisms in
  the department such as, Scandinavian film, feminist and intersectional
  approaches to film, film-philosophy, and digital media. Any enquiries,
  in the first instance, should be directed to our head of department
  Associate Professor, Mats Björkin Mats.Bjö(rkin /at/
  <http://Mats.Bjö;(rkin /at/> or Senior Lecturer in Film and Feminism,
  Anna Backman Rogers ( /at/
  <mailto:( /at/>

More specific details are outlined below this message.

Very best wishes
Anna Backman Rogers.

  Admission to Doctoral Programmes (Third Cycle) 2017

The Department of Cultural Sciences will announce 6 funded positions as postgraduate student in 2017.

*Applications may be submitted starting on 24 January, 2017.
Applications must be submitted no later than 21 February, 2017.*

For more detailed information about the application process see ”Instructions for Applicants” below.

After preparation at the Department, admission decisions are made by the Head of Department by 1 June. Before this decision is made, a preliminary decision proposal will be sent to all applicants. Applicants admitted will be notified as soon as possible after the decision has been made by the Head of Department.

The will announce one postgraduate position in each of the Department’s six programmes for third-cycle studies:

• Art History and Visual Studies
• Cultural Studies
• Ethnology
• Film Studies
• Gender Studies
• Musicology

The criterion for selection among applicants is the ability to benefit from the study programme. This criterion also includes applicants’ ability to contribute to and benefit from the study environment at the Department. It is therefore important that you carefully study the websites describing the current research areas of the Department and the research profiles of individual potential supervisors.

    Instructions for Applicants

Only students who have funding for the equivalent of four years’ full-time study will be admitted into a doctoral programme; funding is normally obtained through a Department studentship. Department studentships in various subjects are normally announced once a year.

In order to be admitted as a doctoral student, you must have completed an undergraduate degree (First cycle) and at least one year of study at the Masters level (Second cycle). Normally the requirements for being admitted to a doctoral programme in a given subject include three to four terms of studies in that subject in the First and Second cycle. For detailed information on the entry requirements in each of the doctoral programmes offered at the Department see the General Syllabi of these programmes. Please note that for all of the Department’s doctoral programmes, the specific entry requirements include language skills in Swedish as well as English (see the appropriate General Syllabus, section 2.2).

The Department of Cultural Sciences will announce 6 funded positions as postgraduate student in 2017. Applications may be submitted starting on Tuesday 24 January, 2017, and a complete application must be submitted no later than Tuesday 21 February, 2017. The application is to be made by means of the electronic form in The University of Gothenburg’s net-based Job Application Portal <>. Once completed the form serves as the basis of your application. The form contains a number of tabs. Information or attachments must be submitted via the following tabs: 2 Personal Details, 3 Cover Letter, 5 Education, 6 Languages, 9 Attachments. It is not necessary to submit any information covered by the other tabs in the system.

The application is to be supplemented with various attachments for inspection by the referees appointed to assess your postgraduate application and those of others. These attachments correspond to the four headings presented in the instructions below. The filenames of the attachments should contain your last name along with a specification (the structure of filenames is exemplified below under each heading). Attachments A to C are to be uploaded via tab 9 Attachments in the Job Application Portal, while the text for D is to be submitted via tab 3 Cover Letter.

For technical support concerning the Job Application Portal, please contact (rekrytering /at/ <mailto:(rekrytering /at/>. Questions related to the content of your application can be directed to the Department’s Associate Head of Department for Doctoral Studies. <mailto:(alf.bjornberg /at/>

*A Educational certificate *

(name of file: ”Last Name education”)

You must enclose an attested educational certificate that lists the courses you have completed. The certificate must demonstrate that you meet the general entry requirements for postgraduate study as well as the specific entry requirements specified in the General Syllabus for the postgraduate subject to which you are applying. If you do not meet the requirements specified in the primary formulations of the Syllabus under the heading ”Behörighetskrav och förkunskapskrav” (”Entry requirements”), then you must submit a separate document (”Last Name entry requirements”) where you clearly state on what grounds your qualifications can be said to correspond to the primary formulations.

*B Texts*

(name of file: ”Last Name text 1”, ”Last Name text 2” etc.)

Submit your second-cycle degree projects and any relevant publications. You may submit up to five texts; any additional texts can be listed in a separate document.

*C Project description
(name of file: ”Last Name project”)

You must attach a description of your intended thesis project. Your project description must be developed independently, not in co-operation with potential supervisors or equivalent parties. Before you write it you should study any detailed instructions listed in the General Syllabus for your postgraduate subject. The description may be no more than 24,000 characters (incl. blank spaces), which corresponds to around eight pages of text of normal density, and may be written in Swedish or English. Your thesis plan should contain a clear research problem in connection with your area of investigation, and you must motivate why this particular problematic is worthy of closer investigation. The introduction of the research problem should lead to a description of the precise purpose of the investigation, which in turn may subsume examples of the questions you will seek to answer or the hypotheses you wish to test.

The thesis plan should contain a brief survey of the research field, to clarify what has previously been done in this area and how your own investigation relates to existing scholarship: what you wish to incorporate or develop further, but also what, if anything, you feel has so far been dealt with in an incomplete or unsatisfactory manner.
It should contain a section on method where you discuss and explain the tools and analytical techniques you wish to bring to bear on your research problem. Here you should also clarify the theoretical framework that serves as a foundation for your investigation, and also define the materials that you mainly intend to work with. The plan may also contain a preliminary outline of your dissertation, a list of envisaged research stages, as well as reflections on a general timeframe for the research process.

The plan should preferably be written in such a way that the points listed above are treated as links in a structurally and logically coherent argument where the initial formulation of your research problem serves as a foundation for everything that follows.

*D Self-reflection
(submitted under the tab ”3 Cover Letter”)

You must enclose a brief essay where you reflect on your motives for applying to the doctoral programme and on the line of development that you feel can be traced in your degree projects. If it is evident from the educational certificates that a very long time has elapsed before the completion of said degree projects, you may wish to comment on this fact. This text may be no more than 3,000 characters (incl. blank spaces), which corresponds to around one page of text of normal density, and may be written in Swedish or English.
* * *

If for some reason you are unable to submit one or more attachments in electronic format, you must report this well ahead of time to (forskarutb /at/ <mailto:(forskarutb /at/> for further instructions. Applicants who have already been accepted into a postgraduate programme at the Department of Cultural Sciences and are now seeking a funded position are requested to contact the Department’s Associate Head of Department for Doctoral Studies <http://(alf.bjornberg /at/> for information about what information needs to be submitted.

Applicants must be aware that the Department’s principle of announcing full postgraduate positions rather than stipends carries with it the expectation that the postgraduate as employee will be physically present at the workplace, interacting actively with the research environment in order to benefit from the education provided there.

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