Hi all, Just note to say that the supervisors indicated to me that the Pre-PhD position has excellent chances of being extended to full term. Best, Richard
Pre-PhD scholarship (1 year): Sharing humor in pandemic times: exploring a global dataset of jokes and memes collected during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Co-supervised by Giselinde Kuipers (sociology, KU Leuven) and Mark Boukes (communication science, University of Amsterdam)
Based at the Center for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium
We are looking for an almost/recent graduate (MSc or MA) in communication science, media studies or social science with a background in computational or digital methods and a strong affinity with exploring new methods (e.g., visual machine learning, dating of digital content using time stamps and other methods) and new types of data (e.g. visual data, memes in various languages). A proven experience with such methods is an asset, but not required. Please elaborate on your skills and competencies in your motivation letter.
Starting date: 1 February 2022
What we are offering: We are offering a one-year research position, funded with a doctoral grant from the KU Leuven. During this year, the candidate and supervisors will work on a proposal for a full (4-year) PhD project that will be submitted to various funding agencies (eg. internal funds of KU Leuven, FWO). Moreover, we will jointly work on research papers based on this project, which will be submitted for publication by the end of the year. The candidate will also be involved in ongoing international collaborations based on the Covid- 19 dataset (see below). The candidate is encouraged to develop new ideas, research questions and methodological approaches, and to independently develop collaborations with international colleagues. We offer considerable freedom to pursue your own ideas and highly value creativity and an independent mindset.
Background: In March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we started collecting the jokes, memes and other forms of humor that were shared via various online platforms. Our effort was joined by scholars from around the world, and by the summer of 2020, we had collected about 12,000 humorous items, in many forms (text, image, clip, sound file) and many languages. This unprecedented dataset of global humor and memes offers many opportunities for asking new research questions, and experimenting with new data. We think this will be an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic PhD candidate with a background in digital/computational methods to write a PhD dissertation on one of the many fascinating aspects of the new forms of humor that emerged during this pandemic. Possible topics include: the spread and adaptation of memes or jokes, including the mapping of patterns of diffusion over time and place; regional or national differences vs. global similarities; representation of persons (celebrities or politicians); prominence and spread of meme templates; political aspects and functions of Covid humor; and much more. For more information: please contact Giselinde Kuipers (email@example.com:firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Boukes (email@example.com:firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send your email to both addresses.
How to apply: Please submit your letter of motivation with full CV, a writing sample and the names of two referees to email@example.com:firstname.lastname@example.org before 15 November 2021
Prof. Richard Rogers Media Studies University of Amsterdam digitalmethods.nethttp://digitalmethods.net email@example.com
Out now: R. Rogers (2019), Doing Digital Methods, Los Angeles: Sage.
Just out: R. Rogers and S. Niederer (eds.) (2020), The Politics of Social Media Manipulation, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.