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New Persons: Narrating with data-fied selves. To understand engagement with personalised storytelling via new genres across platforms.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr O Goriunova
    Dr C Preece
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

An opportunity to join a cohort of six PhDs on the AHRC funded StoryFutures - an innovative project aiming to define and develop next generation storytelling approaches in the creative industries, with a focus on virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Partnered with a world-leading cluster of creative companies to the west of London, there is ample scope for the studentships to be shaped by the candidates as their research develops. Please see: https://storyfutures.com/

StoryFutures PhDs will be supported through an extensive range of training and other opportunities to grow networks, teach, and share research, including the Researcher Development Programme provided by Royal Holloway, contributing to your programme of continuing professional development (CPD) (please see https://intranet.royalholloway.ac.uk/doctoral-school/researcher-development/educational-development/researcher-development-programme.aspx ). Students will also have access to an exciting programme of cohort activities provided by Royal Holloway to the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (please see https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/about-us/news/techne-doctoral-training-partnership-led-by-royal-holloway-secures-five-more-years-of-funding/ ), with lively postgraduate communities, and access to the latest VR, AR equipment at the StoryFutures audience engagement labs.

Our partners span film, TV, gaming, VFX and immersive and include: BBC Studios, Pinewood Studios, National Film and Television School, Immerse UK, Resource Productions, BFI, Connect TVT, Imaginarium Studios, The National Gallery, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Creative Engine, Screen South, BSAC, BTVLEP, and nDreams.

Application form reference: StoryFutures PHD 6/Theme 4 - Audience Engagement.

Ubiquitous data aggregation transforms both what people get to see and how they see it. From personalised search and social media feeds to emerging forms of personalised storytelling, personalisation poses creative challenges and ethical concerns. The aim of this PhD is to explore ‘data exhaust’ in relation to creative audio-visual content and VR and engage with the ways in which it transforms people, art forms, and creative experience. The PhD candidate will engage with audience research through Theme 4 ‘Audience Insight’ and will have a placement with one or more of our partners. They will be closely involved both with the longitudinal study of youth and VR through Theme 4 and with the short-cycle project-based evaluations of audience experience.

The candidate will have undergraduate and Master’s degrees in digital media and cultural studies, media and communication studies, sociology, critical theory, art and design. Candidates will be comfortable working within a highly interdisciplinary team and be able to demonstrate their competencies in problem solving and critical thinking skills, project time-management, organisational and communicational skills, flexibility in approach, while addressing clear creative industries business challenges, and identifying clear potential commercial returns.

The PhD is supervised by Dr Olga Goriunova (Department of Media Arts) and Dr Chloe Preece (School of Management). For an informal discussion of this PhD please contact Dr Olga Goriunova: [Email Address Removed]

Theme 4 partners: BFI, BSAC, Creative Engine, Endemol Shine UK, Heathrow, n:Dreams, Sony Interactive, Atom Universe Ltd.

Applying

Submit, no later than midnight GMT on Sunday 5th May 2019, here:

https://admissions.royalholloway.ac.uk/#/HEapplicationForm////////1

Select ‘PhD Media Arts’ as the course name, and ensure that at the head of your Expression of Interest document you state the title and reference number of the PhD. Outline your qualification for the studentship, describing how the PhD would be approached, as well as the interests, experience and skills that would be brought to this. Please submit CV, writing sample, and creative sample (if applicable).

Form tips:

Section 6 Supporting Statements:
• ‘Research Proposal’ area, upload Expression of Interest (max 2 pages, Arial font, size 10, single spaced).
• ‘Personal statement’, select ‘Enter details’, enter “Not applicable.”
• ‘Pre-written Research proposal’, select ‘Enter details’, enter “Not applicable.”
• ‘Upload documents’, select ‘Upload’, select ‘Portfolio/practical assessment sample’, upload:
1. Writing sample.
2. Link to creative sample/s, if applicable.

Section 7 References:
• Enter details of academic referee.

Section 8 Additional Information:
• ‘Upload’, category ‘CV’, upload Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 A4 pages, Arial font, size 10, single spaced).

Shortlisted applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. Interviews will be at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus on Monday 20th May, 2019.

Funding Notes

An annual tax-exempt stipend of £17,009 (plus fees at home/EU rates) for three years. Study support funding is available, with claimable expenses reimbursed up to a total of £1,000 per year. Start in September 2019 or as close as possible thereafter.

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