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4 PhD Candidates in Media and Culture, Netherlands

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We are looking for four highly motivated PhD Candidates who wish to conduct their PhD research in the context of a collaborative research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) onWorlds of Imagination: A Comparative Study of Film Tourism in India, Nigeria, Jamaica, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

 A Master’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences is a must, as well as wide-ranging knowledge of and affinity for the sociology of media and culture and qualitative methods of social science research. In addition to an understanding of the latest developments in the field, the candidate must possess didactic skills and an affinity for working with students. Candidates who take a proven interest in the field of film tourism and have profound knowledge of the language and culture of one the respective countries are preferred.

 Project description

This project focuses on film tourism: the phenomenon of people visiting locations from popular films or TV series. Recent years have seen a dramatic, worldwide increase of this type of tourism, with far-reaching implications for the experience and organization of landscapes. The principal question underlying this project is: why, under what conditions and in which ways do films and TV series give rise to new and diverse tourism flows across the globe?

This question is addressed by analysing and comparing film tourism in five geographically and culturally different contexts: South Korea, Nigeria, Jamaica, India and the UK. These five cases will be subjected to the same lines of inquiry, focusing on 1) the visual traditions in the local media cultures; 2) the drivers and impacts of local policies aimed at developing film tourism; 3) the commonalities and differences in motives and experiences of film tourists with diverse backgrounds. The research is based on a combination of qualitative content analysis and ethnographic fieldwork.

Requirements

Research duties (80%)

 

  • Conducting PhD research within the framework of the Worlds of Imagination project;

  • Contributing to the data collection and data analysis of the project;

  • Publishing and presenting research results in the form of articles in international peer reviewed journals;

  • Writing a dissertation;

  • Defending the dissertation to complete the doctoral degree 

Teaching duties (20%)

  • Preparing and giving lessons within the context of the various degree programmes provided by the ESHCC;

  • Supervising and coaching student.

Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in one of the Social Sciences or Humanities, preferably a research master;
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of and affinity with the sociology of media and culture and with qualitative methods of social science research, such as textual analysis, interviewing and participant observation;
  • Proven affinity for qualitative empirical research, as evidenced by your master’s thesis, publications, research plans and other projects;
  • Didactic potential. Teaching experience is considered an advantage;
  • A willingness to develop knowledge and skills in various disciplines and to increase the ability to teach a wide range of subjects within the faculty’s degree programme;
  • Organizational experience and skills;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).

Conditions of employment

 

Conditions of employment                                                           

Employment starts September 1, 2016. The initial contract will be running for a term of 1,5 years, which - depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 3,5 years.

The conditions of employment correspond with the “CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten” (CAO NU). For the job of PhD Candidate (Promovendus) the salary amounts to a maximum of € 2.779,- (grade P) gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract.

 

The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek.  

Contract type: Temporary, The initial contract will be running for a term of 1,5 years, which - depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 3,5 years.

Department

 

Erasmus University Rotterdam
The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is concentrated in the fields
of Business Administration, Economics, Medicine
and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History, Culture,
Communication and Media, and Philosophy.
In addition to the initial degree programmes and scientific research,
the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes
and courses.
Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and
some 2,500 faculty and staff members.


Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication  includes the Departments of Arts and Culture Studies, Media and Communication, and History at Erasmus University. The ESHCC is home to more than 1.100 students and some 130 faculty and staff members.

 

Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC)
The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) is a vibrant, internationally oriented research centre within the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication which serves as the main base for researchers in Media, Communication and Culture at Erasmus.

Additional information

Additional information can be obtained through the following links:

 

About the Erasmus University Rotterdam

About the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

About the Erasmus Research Centre in Media, Communication and Culture

About the Arts and Culture Department

About the research of prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders

Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders (reijnders@eshcc.eur.nl).

How to apply

 Your cover letter should be accompanied by a concise research proposal of no more than 400 words, in which you explain which of the selected countries – South Korea, Nigeria, India or UK – you would like to address (the project on Jamaica will be done by a selected postdoc researcher). It is optional to replace the UK by the United States, as both countries will provide a sufficient benchmark case. The selection committee will invite a small number of candidates for an interview. Candidates may be asked to submit a more detailed research proposal and/or give a test lecture as part of the application procedure.

To apply, please send your application letter with your research proposal, your resume, your publication list (if applicable), and the names and contact details of two referees, before April 25, 2016by e-mail to sollicitaties@eshcc.eur.nl. Please mention “PhD Candidate Worlds of Imagination”. You should receive a confirmation mail within two weeks. Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders (reijnders@eshcc.eur.nl).

Further Information

Application Deadline : 25 April 2016

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