18,063 Call for candidates for the PhD projects 2021, The Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague

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:

     Digital Game Industry and Culture in a Local Context (2
grant-funded Ph.D. positions)

The Ph.D. project will be associated with the grant “Developing Theories
and Methods for Game Industry Research,” which starts in 2021. Following
the rising interest in the study of game industries, the dissertation
should focus on digital game production in a specific country or region,
based on the student’s preferences. The project can investigate the
production routines, design patterns, stylistic choices, or the values
of industry practitioners, with or without a historical perspective.
Theoretically, it is expected to draw from game studies, cultural
studies, and political economy of communication (including the theory of
cultural industries). The methods may include ethnography, close
readings of game titles, discourse analysis, and content analysis. The
successful applicants will join the grant as a funded part-time researchers.

Proposed supervisor: Jaroslav Švelch, jaroslav.svelch@fsv.cuni.cz

     Digital life and learning in the times of COVID-19 and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has played a profound role in people’s everyday
experiences, which have even more than before moved to digital and third
spaces. The potential two research projects would either qualitatively
or by applying mixed method research explore those experiences through
the lenses of digital and media literacy. One would be looking at
education of children, while the other at social relationships and
isolation. Both local and intercultural/international research projects
are welcomed. They need to be interdisciplinary by being theoretically
and/or methodologically rooted in media studies, as well as other
disciplines such as education, childhood studies, cultural anthropology,
philosophy, psychology, health, law, etc. Proposals of innovative
research approaches are especially encouraged. The project is in English.

Potential supervisor: Markéta Supa, marketa.supa@fsv.cuni.cz

     Intolerant belief systems and their intersection in the online

Western liberal democracies are polarizing along different lines and
this polarization is specifically visible in the online discussions on
various controversial topics. How does intolerance based on one
characteristic (for example age) relate to other intolerant belief
systems (gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality etc.)? How does intolerant
public online communication reflect societal norms and cultural
prejudice prevalent in the analysed culture? What is the role of
disinformation media in promoting the intolerant belief systems?

The phenomenon can be studied on various research topic and case studies
(ranging from politically exposed topics to debates among popular
culture fans). Studies are supposed to be rooted in theories on online
deliberation and its societal significance, intersectionality,
post-truth society and other relevant theories.  Project focusing on
this field can be submitted in English or in Czech.

Proposed supervisor: Lenka Vochocová, lenka.vochocova@fsv.cuni.cz

     Political leadership – new challenges, crisis and issues

The Ph.D. project should focus on these topics (political leadership as
a marketing tool, changes in political communication, leadership crisis
facing new issues) in relations to Climate change, Covid 19 pandemic,
global migration etc., 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

     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

     Emerging Ethical Boundaries in Marketing and Strategic Communication

Currently, the communication profession (marketing, advertising, public
relations, strategic, and digital communication) faces an unprecedented
shift due to new information and communication technologies. This
evolution also opens new questions and generates many new ethical
problems, such as using personal data and information, the ability of
the public (consumers, voters, customers) to understand the persuasive
nature of some communication forms, the rise of hybrid journalistic and
commercial products such as content or native advertising etc. We
welcome Ph.D. projects tackling changes in communication that focus on
an ethical aspect in the business field (covert advertising, ethical
issues in a specific subfield such as tobacco or alcohol advertising,
etc.) or research of the ability of the publics to understand persuasion.

Proposed supervisor: Denisa Hejlová, denisa.hejlova@fsv.cuni.cz

     Current Media and Marketing Trends and Research in Health Communication

Health Communication in the Czech Republic is still a rather unexplored
field, which has been highlighted recently due to the Covid19 crisis. We
focus on health communication in general (theory, state of the field,
expert interviews) or specific subfields, such as vaccination
communication or nutrition literacy. We offer an interdisciplinary
approach in cooperation with medical and health experts from medical
faculties and other departments at Charles University.

Proposed supervisor: Denisa Hejlová, denisa.hejlova@fsv.cuni.cz

     Environmental Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility
(with a possible focus on the fashion industry)

Recently, many fashion brands included sustainability and environmental
issues in their communication and actions and this issue is widely
reported also in academic literature (Köcksal, Strähle, Müller and
Freise, 2017; Yang, Song and Tong, 2017; Garcia-Torres, Rey-Garcia and
Albareda-Vivo, 2017; Resta, Gaiardelli, Pinto and Dotti, 2016). It is
not only the fashion brands talking about environment, but also
stakeholders play an important role in the dialogue between fashion
brands and its consumers. Recently, more consumers demand “brands with
purpose”, that communicate its social responsibility, includes societal,
political or environmental issues (Montgomery, 2019). We welcome Ph.D
project focusing on producer or consumer research in this field, not
only limited to fashion industry.

Proposed supervisor: Petra Koudelková, petra.koudelkova@fsv.cuni.cz

     “Class Swap“: class-driven social experiments in Czech Reality
Television culture

This PhD. project will explore Reality Television programmes which are
grounded in swapping social positions of the upper-class participants
who are sent to socioeconomically adverse environments (such as Milionář
mezi námi [FTV Prima, 2020]; Experiment 21 [Prima Cool, 2020]; Utajený
šéf [TV Nova, 2017-20]; Zlatá mládež [ČT, 2016 a 2018], etc.)
International students are invited to select equivalent television
programmes produced in English. The project will be theoretically
informed by the scholarship on Reality Television as a neoliberal genre
transforming complex issue of social inequalities into the bipolar
structure of categories of “winners“ and “losers“. The study will follow
methodologies of content analysis, discourse analysis and narrative
analysis (or a combination thereof).

Proposed supervisor: Irena Reifová, irena.reifova@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


Interested candidates should submit their applications, using in the
online application system, which will be open from 1st January to 30th
April 2021. 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:
https://fsv.cuni.cz/en/admissions/phd-programmes and here:

Please download the form for filling your dissertation project proposal

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.

The Open Doors Day for PhD Study in Media Studies is currently scheduled
for March 11, 2021 (Thursday) at 14:00 at the Institute of Communication
Studies and Journalism (Smetanovo nabrezi 6, Praha 1, 110 00) will be
organised online.

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