PhD Scholarship: Media and the politics of listening

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 November 2016

A PhD scholarship is available in association with the ARC future Fellowship Project, ‘Listening in’. Successful candidates will be supervised by ARC Future Fellow Dr Tanja Dreher ( They will be expected to research topics which complement the Future Fellowship research.
Listening in – improving recognition of community media to support democratic participation and wellbeing
New media forms and the community media sector in Australia provide increasing opportunities for diverse communities to speak up, share stories and find a voice. This project analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in this changing media environment. The project contributes to community wellbeing by asking to what extent community media is heard in key mainstream institutions. Case studies examine the ways in which policymakers and journalists listen in to media produced by Indigenous, Muslim and Sudanese Australians. The research engages with Indigenous knowledges, feminist political theory, critical race and whiteness studies to generate policy-relevant analysis of ethical responsiveness to activist and community media.
Potential topics include:

–       impact of Indigenous, community or alternative media
–       listening practices of journalists and/or policymakers
–       the politics of listening in the digital age
–       intersectional or decolonizing strategies for media justice
–       listening in media and political theory
–       media and socio-cultural wellbeing
The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong offers a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment. Co-supervision possibilities are available across the faculty. The successful HDR candidate will have access to the emerging international network of scholars focused on the politics, ethics and practices of ‘listening’.
Eligibility and Application Details

Applications are invited for commencement in early 2017. PhD scholarship applicants should have attained one of the following qualifications: Honours First Class, a Masters degree by research or equivalent. An Honours degree is a four-year degree which includes a thesis component.  Candidates with lived experience of Indigineity or refugee communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Both domestic and international prospective students are eligible to apply.
For further information about the project and the PhD scholarship, please contact Tanja Dreher at Applicants are strongly advised to discuss the application and proposed research project by email with Dr Dreher before submitting an application.
The scholarship stipend for 2017* is approx. $27,000 pa, incremented annually for 3 years. PhD candidates are eligible to apply for faculty conference and fieldwork funding.
Applicants should submit:
a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to Tanja Dreher at
The deadline for applications is Monday 14 November 2016
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