M4C Open Awards with the Centre for Postdigital Cultures

M4C Open Awards with the Centre for Postdigital Cultures

Expression of Interest (EoI)

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC) are excited to support the development of PhD proposals for the Midlands4Cities (M4C) consortium fully-funded bursary scheme.

Key dates

  • 13 October 2021 - Submission of EoI
  • 28 October 2021 - Interviews
  • 12 January 2022 - M4C applications submission

What do you need to do?

  1. Visit the Centre for Postdigital Cultures' webpages and identify a supervisor you would like to work with from the topics listed below; make sure that their experience and research outputs matches the needs of your topic. You can also find a supporting supervisor across the consortium if your topic spans more than one area of research.
  2. Submit first draft proposals of up to 1,000 words and your CV to the CPC team.
    (If you are thinking of a practice-research project please include practice examples in your submission).
    Please label your documents EOIM4Cyoursurname_proposedsupervisorname
    Deadline: 13 October 2020

CPC researchers accepting PhD candidates

Professor Sylvester Arnab leads up innovative research on gaming and its ability to generate resilience in those that participate in it recent projects are concerned with evidencing social and community benefits of gamification. PhD candidates whose projects build on the playful aspects of gaming (Arnab et al., 2021) related to resilience development that includes agency, autonomy, social, experiment/iteration, and curiosity will be well received.

Professor Mel Jordan and Dr Kevin Walker are keen to work with practice research projects across art and design that utilise, as well as problematise, digital technology in the context of site- specificity and the city. Jordan is an artist working with theories of the public, opinion formation as a function of art, the potential of collectivity for social change, and art and the urban commons. Walker’s research is situated between art, design and technology and draws from natural and computational systems. This includes AI, computational and systems thinking, pervasive technologies, and physical computing. These are investigated through programming of software, exhibitions, events and performances, as well as academic and creative writing, combining his background in anthropology and technology.

With a supervisory team of Professor Angela McRobbie, Dr Lindsay Balfour and Dr Adrienne Evans (Postdigital Intimacies), we are interested in supporting projects located in gender and feminist research, with topics including: critical fashion, the cultural and creative industries; digital humanities and technology, wearables and implantables; intimacy, relationality; cultural approaches to health and wellbeing; postfeminist analysis; and the intersection of these areas with gender, race, class, sexuality and from global, international and European perspectives. We would welcome those looking to explore these areas through creative methods that reach across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Also supporting applications, Dr Marcus Maloney’s research focuses on video game narratives, cultures, and communities; the performance of masculinity in digital spaces; and postdigital socialities. He has published widely in these areas, including articles in Cultural Sociology, New Media & Society and Games and Culture. His most recent book is Gender, Masculinity and Video Gaming: Analysing Reddit's r/gaming Community (Palgrave, 2019).

Dr Phaedra Shanbaum would be looking to support projects engaged with the following topics: interface criticism; art and technology; new media/digital art; wearables, implants and interfaces; interactive and immersive spaces and art installations; posthumanist, postfeminist and new materialist analysis of new technologies; museum and gallery studies; the body and technology.

Further information about the Centre and our staff are available on our webpages.

What happens next?

If you are successful you will need to make an application for PhD study via Coventry University platform PGR+. We will also invite you to interview the week beginning 28 October 2021.

You can read an overview of our PGR offer on our Study With Us pages.

For PGR enquires, please contact Phaedra Shanbaum.

Read entry requirements in the M4C application page.

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