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PhD Candidate Visual Urban Culture, Belgium


The Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center  (ViDi) of the University of Antwerp seeks a:

Full-time Junior Researcher/PhD Candidate with an interest in Visual Urban Culture

for the FWO-funded project: RESEARCHING THE NEW URBAN EXPERIENCE: a Transnational Multi-Method Study of the Intersections between Direct and Mediated Visual Enactments in Cosmopolitan Contexts

Abstract: Direct urban experiences and ‘mediated’ ones together ‘produce’ the city and life within the city in radical but as yet hardly documented new ways. This research proposal aims to produce an in-depth, multilayered analysis of these new urban experiences that have resulted from the greater involvement that contemporary cities have with mediatized flows of information and communication. Today’s globalizing cities are indeed replete with screens and media of all sorts: people are using personal media while navigating the city, and the city is virtually and visually marketed and reframed by numerous official and private actors with distinct or overlapping political, cultural or social agendas. These media and their practices are both cultural specific and potential tools to create cross-cultural spheres of negotiation. This project focuses on the complex intersections between ‘direct’ experiences, ‘technologically enhanced’ experiences and purely ‘virtual’ experiences of the city. The social and cultural practices that result from these intersections yield important questions with respect to changing notions of the public and the private, civil society, community and subjectivity. Such a multilayered approach will be realized by bringing in dialogue different methodologies (such as image-based research, net-based ethnography, and visual participatory research) to construct an integrated approach for analyzing globalizing mediatized cities.

Profile and requirements:  

  • A master degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Studies, Film Studies & Visual Culture, Urban Studies, Social and Cultural Geography (or any other degree relevant to the project).
  • A strong interest in and/or prior experience with visual methods (visual data production and analysis).
  • Strong analytic and conceptual skills.
  • Good English language skills.
  • Ability to carve out an original PhD project in the broad confines of the FWO project.
  • Master students in their final year may also apply.

We offer:  

  • A research position/ doctoral scholarship for a period of one year, with the possibility of three renewals for one year after positive evaluation (so four years in total to complete a PhD).
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment of  experienced visual scholars, post docs and PhD candidates.
  • A very competitive gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.189,88 - € 2.513,13;

The position can be filled starting October, 1  2016 (or sooner)

How to apply?

  • Send a CV, a motivation letter (1 page), some preliminary ideas for a PhD project about visual urban culture (min. 3 pages), and proofs of your writing skills (paper, article or thesis) to Prof. dr. Luc Pauwels ( and Prof. dr. Paolo Favero (, preferably before July 31, 2016. 
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The next step will involve an interview (possibly via Skype) and a number of practical assignments.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 July 2016

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Posted on 2016-07-06 00:34:13

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