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PhD Scholarship in Media Communication / Linguistics at University of Ghent

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in linguistics at University of Ghent. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before March 15, 2019.

The Research Centre for Multilingual Practices and Language Learning in Society (MULTIPLES) at Ghent University, invites applications for a full-time position as doctoral researcher. The PhD student will be working on the project " Representations of intra-EU mobility and extra-EU migration in new media and in their readers’ comments, in the context of Brexit". Project description The research is situated in the domain of media communication, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. The media are considered partly to blame for the Brexit vote, not least because of their biased coverage of migration during the campaign. The project addresses this issue from two angles. Firstly, while most analyses of media coverage still focus on broadsheets vs. tabloids, increasingly popular Internet-only media fall within any of these two categories and remain particularly understudied. Therefore, the project seeks to identify digital-only practices in news-making, particularly regarding mobility in the Brexit context. Secondly, the 'refugee crisis' has resulted in fears of the extra-European 'other' but intra-European mobility is also instilling fears that undermine one of the very pillars of the EU, namely freedom of movement. Contrary to research to date which focuses on extra-EU migration, this project will analyze the media discourses regarding intra- and extra-EU mobilities, as well as the reactions these discourses trigger in readers' comments.

The news articles published by Buzzfeed UK, The Huffington Post UK and The Guardian are the subjects of the study, together with the comments posted by their readers.

By combining the two angles, the project will have scientific impact both regarding new media and migration discourses.

We offer a 48-month PhD position at Ghent University (Research Centre MULTIPLES & Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication). The position is available from 1 May 2019, but the starting date is negotiable up to 1 October 2019.

Candidates are invited to apply by submitting two types of documents by e-mail to Prof. Catherine Bouko (catherine. bouko@ugent.

For more information, please contact Catherine Bouko: catherine.bouko@ugent.be


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