[Air-l] Oslo PhD grants in participation, games
anders.fagerjord at media.uio.no
Wed Dec 7 00:36:48 PST 2005
Two positions as doctoral research fellows (PhD-stipendiat) are
available at the Department of Media and Communication, University of
Enquiries about the posts should be directed at one of the following:
• Associate Professor Anders Fagerjord, tel no +47 22850411,
anders.fagerjord at media.uio.no.
• Associate Professor Tanja Storsul, tel no +47 22850405,
tanja.storsul at media.uio.no.
• Head of Administration Niels Christian Hervig, tel no +47 22850474,
n.c.hervig at media.uio.no.
Salary band: 39-45 in the Norwegian state salary system (depending on
qualifications and seniority)
Organisation: Department of Media and Communication, University of
The positions are fixed three-year appointments.
Closing date: 20 December 2005
Ref no: 05/17812 and 05/17813
Applicants should submit four copies of their application, including a
description of their intended research project (max 10 pages), list of
published and unpublished works and CV. One copy of certificates should
also be submitted. Applications should be sent to Det humanistiske
fakultet, Postboks 1079, Blindern, 03l6 Oslo, Norway.
Project: Participation in dialogic mass media
Dialogic mass media refers to a number of digital media technologies
established over the past ten years, in which the receiver is also a
sender and therefore able to engange in a dialogue. Media such as these
combine the main features of mass media, where several audiences can
observe and participate within the same context. Web and online games
are typical examples of dialogic mass media, whereas new applications
are being developed for mobile platforms and digital television. By
participation we mean audiences who participate in a dialogue exchange
by consuming media messages and, based on this, automatically generates
new messages. This kind of participation is shaped by various
circumstances, some in which promotes participation, others limit the
Dialogic media represent a new media development; they give audiences
new opportunities while at the same time demanding increasingly
financial resources, technical equipment and knowledge. They represent
potential new opportunities for a growing participation-based society.
However, research shows that the we underestimate the significance of
users’ motivation, intentions and opportunities. One view is that the
audiences participate differently, in different ways and have different
roles when encountering various digital media and genres.
Position 1: New political arenas in dialogic media (ref no 05/17812)
Dialogic media seek to open new forums for political debate, with a
potential to change and strenghten democracy. On one hand, there are
discussion forums in online newspapers, weblogs and ’citizen
journalism’. These are examples of amateur journalists given coverage
in the established media. On the other hand, established political
players and governments are opening up to a larger degree of direct
communcation with its citizens. We are seeking a doctoral research
fellow to explore this topic.
Position 2: Online games with high degree of graphic realism (ref no
Computer games are an increasingly popular form of media, and to
children growing up today, computer games will become a natural part of
their media experience. As a consequence, elements of computers games
will potentially influence on other media forms. Computer games like
Half-life 2 have taken the graphic realism in real-time animation to a
new level. Multi-user games are becoming an important social arena for
millions of people around the globe. There is a need to enhance our
knowledge of games as moving images, of participation in virtual games
communities, and of how the design influences the user’s participation
in a game. We are seeking a doctoral research fellow to explore this
Research fellows are employed as part of the Factulty of Humanities’
research programme. The scientific production aim to complete with a
Candidates should possess:
• University degree equivalent to Master’s degree or
Cand.Polit/Cand.Philol (in media studies) on the same level as a
• Minimum 5 years degree in relevant area of study
• Studies abroad need be approved beforehand and a copy of the
approval letter must be enclosed with the application letter.
Women are encouraged to apply.
More details about guidelines and the PhD programme are available from
Anders Fagerjord, Ph.D.
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo
P.O. Box 1093 Blindern, N-0317 OSLO, Norway
Tel. +47 22 85 04 11 Fax +47 22 85 04 01
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