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The Crossing Borders Archives research project on “Les migrations des images du passé de l’Union Européenne” (The migration of images from the past of the European Union) is seeking candidates for a 36-month contract for a PhD on “The role of mediations in the circulation of images from the past of the European Union”.

The position will be located at the Sic.Lab of EUR CREATES at the Université Côte d’Azur, and is funded by the French National Research Agency in collaboration with the Institut national de l’audiovisuel, Rai Teche, Mediaset, the University of Luxembourg and the Catholic University of Milan. The contract is set to begin in February/March 2021.

The general objective of the thesis is to understand the logics governing the circulation of audiovisual archives in the media space (web and television). Which archives are reused by the media in order to tell the construction of the European Union? Why do certain images circulate more than others? How do symbolic figures emerge?

In order to understand the circulatory logics of Europe’s visual memories, the first objective of the thesis is the constitution of a corpus of audiovisual archives. At the end of the collection, the results will have to be filtered and their metadata homogenized. Analyses based on digital methods will have to lead to a real update of media theories through the prism of the repetitive phenomena of audiovisual contents.

The methods of collection and analysis of digital humanities will be used together with semiotic and aesthetic theories of the image.

The candidate’s activities will include:

  • Taking part in the doctoral training programme;
  • Contributing actively to the global research project;
  • Contributing actively to the scientific life of the department

Candidates sohuld have a master’s degree in media studies, semiotics, information and documentation sciences, visual studies, aesthetics, history, or digital humanities.

The application consisting of a CV and a motivation letter must be sent before November 1st, 2020 to matteo.treleani@univ-cotedazur.fr (subject: CROBORA application).

View the full position description online (in French) or as a PDF (in English).

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