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Exploring the relation between technologies and self-organized social reproduction in the postdigital era

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

The PhD will explore current debates around the role of digital technologies in reshaping the organization of social reproduction, with particular focus on the emergence of self-organized care collectives in the context of the crisis of welfare and speculations around the post-work society.

Engaging with historical materialist, feminist and post-humanist approaches, the project will seek to critically evaluate salient theories of automation in relation with issues such as gendered and racialised divisions of care labour; questions of access and ownership of technological devises; as well as matters of expertise and agency implicated in social reproduction activities.

The aim of the project is to develop a theoretical framework to account for the changing composition between digital machines and forms of collective agency for the socialization of reproductive labour outside a market logic. Techno-political devises of interest might include (but are not limited to): cooperative platforms; alternative cryptocurrencies and systems of remuneration; specific (mis)uses of existing apps and social media; processes of digital fabrication and robotization; purpose-built code and free software; piracy initiatives; as well as other forms of online content production and digitally-enabled coordination.

Preferably, the candidate will have some prior knowledge of specific communities of practice and relevant organizations, as well as a being familiar with the specific technologies under consideration.

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC) explores how innovations in postdigital cultures can help us to rethink our ways of being and doing in the 21st century. Our research draws on cross-disciplinary ideas associated with open and disruptive media, the posthumanities, and the Anthropocene to promote a more just and sustainable 'post-capitalist' knowledge economy.

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Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

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How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Valeria Graziano -

To apply online please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Application deadline: 26th April 2019

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2019

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

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