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The Department of Cultural Sciences offers third-cycle education in several disciplines: art history and visual studies, musicology, film studies, gender studies, ethnology, and cultural studies.
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The Graduate School The Future of Democracy: Cultural Analyses of Illiberal Populism in Times of Crises (FUDEM) is a multi-disciplinary environment where the collective of junior and senior researchers in cultural studies, ethnology, gender studies, and musicology are doing research on the variety of cultural forms in which illiberal populism reveals itself in times of crises. It is a collaboration between six Swedish universities. Find more information about the Graduate School here: https: // www. gu.se/en/cultural- sciences/doctoral-studies/the-future-of-democracy-cultural-analyses-of- illiberal-populism-in-times-of-crises-fudem.
We are announcing one doctoral position in Musicology within the graduate school with employment at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
Music and sound play an important yet often unacknowledged role in contemporary illiberal media and discourse. One example of this is the audiovisual embeddedness of such discourse as disseminated by fictional, documentary and news related outlets on social media and on the internet more generally. But illiberal worldviews and values are also articulated in and through different musical practices, traditions, and genres as well as the discourses surrounding them. Research on how music and/or sound is implicated in the rhetoric and spread of illiberal discourse promises to provide a deeper understanding of contemporary illiberal populism and the aesthetic, cultural and audiovisual resources it draws on.
The examples of themes for dissertations in musicology include but are not limited to: Music/sound in audiovisually mediated conspiracy theoretical discourse related to illiberal populism; music and sound in illiberal mass media; illiberal populism across musical traditions and genres (e.g. popular, classical and traditional music); music and nationalism in times of illiberal populism; representations of illiberal populism in and through music and/or sound; musical articulations of affect, illiberal sentiments and values; illiberal activism through music and/or musical fandom; music, audiovisual media and illiberal discourses (e.g. anti-gender, anti-vaccination, anti- migration, climate change denial); music/sound, illiberal populism and social media; audiovisual analyses of illiberal propaganda; resistance to illiberalism and illiberal discourse through music, sound and/or audiovisual practices and expressions.
Duties The PhD-candidate will conduct his/her PhD-studies within the subject area Musicology with a focus on cultural analyses of illiberal populism in times of crises
The job assignments include project planning, data collection, processing and analysis of the material, publications of results, and presentations of preliminary results and conclusions at conferences. PhD students in the Graduate School will have double affiliation – with the Graduate School and with the Department of Cultural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. Students are expected to take part in educational and research activities both within the Graduate School and the Department.
The PhD-program runs over four years of full time, and includes PhD-thesis research and writing, courses, and literature studies. To be awarded the degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), the PhD- candidate should write and orally defend a scientific PhD-thesis that is approved in a public defense (disputation) and pass the courses that are part of the PhD-program.
The Graduate School will offer a variety of obligatory and selective courses, workshops and seminars related to illiberal populism, theories of democracy from the perspective of humanities, and cultural analyses of crises. PhD students are expected to engage into organizing a scientific conference during the final stage of their education.
As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.
Eligibility To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements. The general entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programs are:
Admission to the third-cycle program in Musicology also requires:
How to apply In order to apply for a doctoral position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.
The application shall be written in English or Swedish, and include:
The publications that cannot be attached to the application digitally should be sent in two exemplars to: Gunilla Zachau, Department of Cultural Sciences, P.O.Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. Please mark PAR 2023/179 on the letter.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Closing date is March 27, 2023.
Assessment The ability to absorb a postgraduate education is crucial and the applicant must be able to prove this through documentation knowledge in musicology, including scientific theory and methodology.
All written projects (including the research proposal) that are included with the application are evaluated based on the following quality criteria:
In addition to the above, the research proposal is also evaluated based on feasibility within the scope of a doctoral studentship.
Recruitment process Admission must, in addition to review of submitted merits, also include online interviews with selected candidates at the end of April. Selection, interview and assessment are carried out by a local recruitment group. The final decision is made by the head of department after suggestion from the group.
Employment Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.
Employment: Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years Extent: 100% Location: Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Starting date: 1 September 2023
The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.
For further information please contact For questions about our third-cycle studies please contact Associate Head of Depart. for Doctoral Studies, Catharina Thörn, [email protected] For questions about Graduate School, please contact Scientific Coordinator Olga Sasunkevich, [email protected] For questions about the employment procedure, contact Human Resources Officer Gunilla Zachau, [email protected]
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