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[ecrea] PhD position - research project "The (dis)connected refugee: The role of communication technologies in trust-building in Sweden and Germany"

Tue Feb 21 20:57:11 GMT 2017

One doctoral studentship in Media and Communication Studies in the research project "The (dis)connected refugee: The role of communication technologies in trust-building in Sweden and Germany"

One doctoral studentship in Media and Communication Studies in the research project The (dis)connected refugee: The role of communication technologies in trust-building in Sweden and Germany

Ref: 200/1.6.1/2017

Södertörn University in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 11 000 students and 840 employees.
Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.

The doctoral project will broaden media and migration studies with a historically oriented approach by analyzing refugee’s media practices in different historical moments. How has this new life situation been influenced by media use and vice versa? How has media use supported or prevented trust-building in social relations? What narrative strategies have been used to organize and structure information and communication at the moment of migration? How have former refugees coped with situations of unfamiliarity in the new country? The project is led by Associate professor Heike Graf. For more information click here.

Media and Communication Studies (MCS) at Södertörn University is one of Sweden’s leading environments for media research and education. Research and education are founded on a historically informed understanding of the contemporary information society, in which new communication technologies and their contexts are related to their predecessors. The research environment at MCS currently comprises around 25 researchers/teachers including two full professors, eight associate professors (docents), and six doctoral students. All doctoral students have an international profile, and the working language of the PhD training program is English. For more information, see (Swedish version) or click here (English version).

The doctoral student is linked to the research area of Critical and Cultural Theory. It is an interdisciplinary research environment and graduate school that focuses on a critically motivated study of cultural artifacts and practices. It awards PhD degrees in Aesthetics, Art History, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Philosophy, and the Theory of Practical Knowledge. Works of art, literary and philosophical texts, media technologies, and social and political practices are the focus of research. The researchers are united by the conviction that critically informed humanities are vital for the self-understanding and scrutiny needed to address the questions of the future in contemporary society. Through its close collaboration with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES, at Södertörn University, themes related to this geographical area constitute an important profile area. For more information, click here.

Research will be mostly qualitative (e.g. interviews), and will be conducted in close collaboration with the research team. The working language of the project is Swedish/German/English and proficiency in English and Swedish is required as the research will be carried out in Sweden. Basic knowledge of migration studies is considered as a merit and so is interview experience.

Entry requirements
General entry requirements
A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he/she has: 1. a second-cycle qualification, 2. fulfilled requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3. acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. The Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. (Ordinance 2010:1064)

Specific entry requirements
The specific entry requirements are fulfilled by a student who has passed courses worth at least 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies, including a degree project worth at least 15 credits, or who has acquired the equivalent knowledge abroad or through a previous qualification. If there are special grounds, the Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the specific entry requirements for an individual applicant. The ability to assimilate academic material in English and a command of the language necessary for work on the thesis are prerequisites for admission to the degree programme.

Admission and employment
This notification of vacancy includes both admission to third-cycle education, i.e. research level, and employment on a doctoral studentship at the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University. The intended outcome for students admitted is a PhD. The employment is for no longer than the equivalent to a maximum of four years of full time studies (240 credits). The provisions relating to employment on a doctoral studentship are stated in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7. The position may be prolonged by a maximum of one year by including other duties within education and/or administration (equivalent to no more than 20% of full-time).

The date of employment: 1 September 2017

Click on the links below for information about admission regulations and third-cycle education in Media and Communication Studies: Entry requirements/Södertörn University’s Admission Regulations (English version) Entry requirements/Södertörn University’s Admission Regulations (Swedish version) General Syllabus for third-cycle programmes in Media and Communication Studies (English version) General Syllabus for third-cycle programmes in Media and Communication Studies (Swedish version)

Further information
Heike Graf, Associate Professor, Project Manager, (heike.graf /at/, +46(0)8 608 4213 Staffan Ericson, Director of Studies, Media and Communication Studies (third cycle), (staffan.ericson /at/, +46 (0)8 608 4192 Göran Bolin, Chairperson, Critical and Cultural Theory,(goran.bolin /at/, +46 (0)8 608 4218 Lena Casado, Human Resources Officer, School of Culture and Education, (lena.casado /at/, +46 (0)8 608 4447

Application procedure
For application, use the web-based recruitment system “ReachMee” at Södertörn University. Click on the link "ansök" (apply) at the bottom of the announcement. An application may be written in Swedish or English and must include:
- an application letter
- curriculum vitae
- degree certificate and certificates that demonstrate eligibility to apply for the position - Bachelor’s essay and Master’s dissertation in the field in accordance with the entry requirements - a research plan of 1000-1500 words describing how previous merits and present research orientation will contribute to the project. The research plan’s relation to Critical and Cultural Theory and relevance to studies of the Baltic Sea region or Eastern Europe should be made clear
- two references, with contact details
- a maximum of three publications may also be attached.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please note that one copy of everything submitted in association with your application will be kept on file at Södertörn University for two years after the post has been filled, in accordance with a directive from the Swedish National Archives.

Application deadline: 24 February 2017 (Please note, extended deadline for application)

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