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The Fourth Wave: The Role of Social Media in Challenging Men’s Violence against Women

Project Description

Project reference number: GSBS-2019-113

Dicker and Piepmeier (2003: 14) argue that third wave feminism an identity and a theory (or a range of theories) that is located culturally within ‘in a world shaped by technology, global capitalism, multiple models of sexuality, changing national demographics and declining economic viability’. In this PhD we want you to explore the emergence of ‘fourth wave’ feminism examining how in particular social media has been utilised to influence policy and public opinion in relation to men’s violence against women. This may include:

Everyday acts of sexism
Structural and symbolic violence
Street harassment
Online harassment
#metoo movement

Specifically, it would be useful to look at the ways in which women communicate the messages of empowerment online (platforms and apps, forms of discussion and modes of participation) as well as explore the effectiveness of these messages, their translation into everyday attitudes, wider societal perspectives, gender representation in moving image narratives (Film and TV), and their legal and political implications (such as protection against sexual harassment, for instance).

Proposed methodology is qualitative, and may include interviews, questionnaires, focus groups and textual analysis.

We would like you to submit a one page proposal covering the focus of your research question, identifying potential aims and objectives and some thoughts on your methods.

Supervisor Research Profiles

Director of Studies: Dr. Nancy Lombard
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2nd Supervisor: Dr. Helena Bassil-Morozow
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3rd Supervisor: Katy Proctor
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How to apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2019

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquiries regarding your application to:

Funding Notes

Competition funded PhD Project Exceptional candidates will be put forward for the scholarship competition. The Scholarship packages available include fully funded studentships and fees only scholarships. The fully funded studentships are worth £19,300 per year for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress. They cover payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,800.

For further details on funding see View Website

Mon 13 May 2019 (GSBS)

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