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:
The position can be filled starting October, 1 2016 (or sooner)
How to apply?
Application Deadline : 31 July 2016
Posted on 2016-07-06 00:34:13
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