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PhD applications on Space and Communication – Loughborough University

The Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University (CRCC) welcomes applicants for ESRC funded doctoral studentships in Communication and Media.

The CRCC is a large, interdisciplinary research centre that has been at the forefront of research in the field internationally for twenty five years. The CRCC has a large, vibrant and cosmopolitan post-graduate community working on a range of subjects in the fields of sociology, media and cultural studies, social psychology and geography.

Dr Antonis Vradis (Geography) would be particularly keen to support applications from students with an interest or expertise in the intersection of space and communication, with a particular focus in one of the following areas:

  • Critical urban studies at a time of crisis, including but not limited to both the communication and representation as much as the actual marginalisation of urban populations; the shifting representations of public space and the communication of dissent and the right to protest in cities across Europe.
  • Critical migration studies, particularly on the dynamics of dominant and mainstream representation of the current migration wave in Europe and the transformations of media, state and other institutions in the process. Research here could lead up from Transcapes (http://transcapes.net), the ESRC/DFID grant where Vradis acts as PI.
  • Social movement studies, including the portrayal and representation of grassroots social innovation, alternative currencies and grassroots resistance in face and in spite of the prevalence of neoliberal policies in Europe. Research here would relate to PURSI (pursi) the ESRC Urban Transformations project where Vradis acts as Co-I.
  • Contemporary Brazilian social and spatial studies, with a particular focus on the representation and the lived experience of the country’s marginalised urban populations and its communication in the mainstream, in the midst of the country’s currently unfolding crisis.

For further information or to discuss your proposal, please contact Antonis Vradis at a.vradis [ a t ] lboro.ac.uk.

The CRCC leads the communication and media pathway of the ESRC Midlands Graduate School doctoral training partnership, a consortium of six research intensive universities based in the English Midlands. Full details of how to apply can be found here:
www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/

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Open Democracy

With Brazil on the brink of recession, it’s not hard to compare the country’s looming financial collapse with that of Greece, as the country is following in Greece’s pre-crisis footsteps in quite a few ways.

For a demonstration touted as an angry call for the Brazilian military to intervene in the country’s scandal-ridden political scene, the atmosphere in the streets was surprisingly sober, even indolent.

And while the scorching Rio de Janeiro heat would probably keep any crowd from turning raucous, there is something else playing out in Brazil right now that added to the sceptical atmosphere. The message of Sunday’s demonstrations was more complicated than some fringe call for a return to the country’s dictatorial ways. Continue Reading…

theguardian.com

Under the scorching Rio de Janeiro sun and only metres from the famous Copacabana shoreline, even the most committed of Sunday’s demonstrators seemed to give in to the indolence of the place, with an often surreal result: a handmade placard calling for the president’s impeachment in one hand, a refreshing caipirinha in the other. Continue Reading…