[Humanist] 28.43 PhD studentships at King's College London

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 43.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:56 +0000
        From: "Fagan, Annalisa" <annalisa.fagan at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: PhD Studentships

Fully funded European Research Council PhD Scholarships

Eligibility criteria
·         Open to residents of the following countries: United Kingdom, European Union
·         For a specified project only. See details below.
·         Applicable subjects: English and/or Comparative Literature and Language, Life Writing, Linguistics, Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities

Applications may be submitted
from 15-May-2014 until 09-June-2014

Information about the funding

The Department of English and the Centre for Life-Writing Research, in collaboration with other Arts & Humanities Departments and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London are seeking well-qualified applicants for up to four fully-funded PhD scholarships attached to the European Research Council project ‘Ego-Media: The impact of new media on forms and practices of self-presentation’

In 2013, funding of €2.2million was awarded by the ERC for a major research project on the impact of new media on autobiographical narratives. It will analyse the range of ways in which autobiographical forms and discursive practices are being transformed at the frontier of technological change; then consider the implications of the new forms and practices for such notions as autobiography, selfhood, subjectivity, individuality, self-intelligibility, agency, creativity, privacy, and sociability; and their impact upon these and related concepts.

This project will combine a humanistic, life-writing theory approach with an interdisciplinary methodology, in collaboration with researchers from Sociolinguistics, Medical Sociology, Psychiatry, Modern Languages, Culture Media and Creative Industries, Digital Humanities, Medical Humanities, War Studies, and Education.

The project is led by Max Saunders (Professor of English and Director, Arts and Humanities Research Institute) in collaboration with: Clare Brant, Professor of English and Co-Director, Centre for Life-Writing research;
Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics, Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication; Leone Ridsdale, Professor of Neurology & General Practice, Institute of Psychiatry

In addition, there will be two postdoctoral researchers working full-time on the project.

Funding is available for up to four PhD scholarships, to be supervised jointly across disciplines where appropriate.

We invite applications for the indicative topics below, which have been designed by the project team as especially germane to the Ego-Media project as a whole. However, we also welcome applications for another topic of the applicant’s choice, provided that it demonstrates its relevance to the Ego-Media project.

Applicants should indicate one topic only for which they wish to apply. Applications should include:

a) A proposal for how you would develop your topic (and/or change it, if one of the indicative topics below) into a PhD project (maximum 300 words).
b) A concise description (maximum 300 words) of a past project or piece of writing relevant to the ‘Ego-Media’ project, which you feel represents your work at its best.
c) A CV of no more than one page, including the names of two academic referees, with a font size no smaller than 11-point.

Applicants will normally have a good upper second class or above in their first degree, and a Master’s at Merit or Distinction level, in a field or fields relevant to their proposed PhD topic. They must be willing to participate fully in the Ego-Media team’s activities, attending its regular workshops and other events. They are expected to have opportunities to gain some teaching experience.

To apply, please send the material outlined above to the project administrator Helena Metslang (helena.metslang at kcl.ac.uk<mailto:helena.metslang at kcl.ac.uk>). Deadline for receipt of materials: 9 June 2014. You must also apply by this deadline to the Department of English via the King’s College London admissions system: see (how to apply www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/ResearchProgrammes.aspx<http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/ResearchProgrammes.aspx>, prospectuswww.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/research/applying/name/english/alpha/e/header_search<http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/research/applying/name/english/alpha/e/header_search> and application system myapplication.kcl.ac.uk<http://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/>). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (either in person or Skype) on 7 July 2014.

For informal enquiries please email Professor Saunders at max.saunders at kcl.ac.uk<mailto:max.saunders at kcl.ac.uk>.

Indicative Topics
(NB! Please see detailed descriptions at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/index.php?action=view&id=566)
o    Ethics, Technologies and Narrative Construction in Facebook and Other Online Identities.
o    The analysis of a corpus of texts exchanged by a network of HIV-diagnosed patients.
o    War Blogs of the 2003 Iraq war and their relation to war letters and diaries
o    A study of Healthtalkonline (http://www.healthtalkonline.org/)
o    Life-writing and new forms of life.
o    Study addressing how on-line practices transform self-presentation for a patient group with long-term neurological conditions
o    From Modernism to New Media

There is some flexibility about the starting date. We anticipate that at least two of the studentships would run from September 2014. Possible start-dates for the others include January, April or September 2015.

Value of award
Fees & Stipend

Application procedure
Applications may be submitted from 15-May-2014 until 09-June-2014. Candidates are actively encouraged to contact us to discuss their projects, and we welcome any questions.

Contact details
Please address all initial queries to Helena Metslang: helena.metslang at kcl.ac.uk<mailto:helena.metslang at kcl.ac.uk>​

Alexandra Georgakopoulou
Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics
Centre for Hellenic Studies/Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication
School of Arts & Humanities,
King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK.

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