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  Dr Giuliana Monteverde, Dr Robert Porter  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for funded PhD projects in the area of the cultural politics of pop culture. Proposals may consider the intersections of gender, race, class, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or any other facet of identity, in relation to popular culture. In this context, popular culture could include media texts (television, film, podcasts, social and digital media, print media) and/or a particular facet of pop culture, such as celebrity, contemporary feminisms, digital culture, or relevant political concepts. 

Research proposals with qualitative methodologies are particularly welcome. These projects will use theoretical analysis rather than quantitative data collection methods. However, mixed methods projects will also be considered. 

Proposals that are particularly welcome include the following:

• Projects that consider popular television genres such as reality TV and quality TV

• Projects that employ critical theory to explore the intersections of identity and popular media

• Projects examining the representation of neurodivergence in popular culture

• Projects that engage with contemporary political debates including fake news, cancel culture, the alt right, and culture wars.

• Projects on the political economy of digital media, including Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, popular streaming platforms and their content strategies, and the influence of TikTok and Instagram on popular culture

Dr Giuliana Monteverde, the Chair of the Supervisory Panel, is available to answer queries relating to this call for research projects: [Email Address Removed] 

Anthropology (2) Communication & Media Studies (7) Politics & Government (30) Sociology (32)


• John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (2006)
• Dominic Strinati, An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture (2004)
• Giuliana Monteverde and Victoria McCollum eds. Resist! Protest Media and Popular Culture in the Brexit/Trump Era (2020)
• Giuliana Monteverde and Victoria McCollum eds. HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power (2018)
• Victoria McCollum, Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear (2019)
• Angela McRobbie, Post‐feminism and popular culture (2007)
• Annette Hill, Reality TV (2014)
• Misha Kavka, Reality TV (2012)
• Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette, Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (2004)
• Ralph J. Poole and Saskia M. Furst eds. Contemporary Quality TV, The Auteur, the Fans, and Constructions of Gender
• Arthur Asa Berger, Media and Communication Research Methods: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2018)
• Janet McCabe and Kim Akass, Quality TV: Contemporary American Television and Beyond (2007)
• Klaus Bruhn Jensen ed. A Handbook of Media and Communication Research Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies (2020)
• Bonnie S. Brennen, Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies (2021)
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