Doctoral Student in Film and Media Studies for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions ITN Early Stage Researchers

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The project is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Network for Training on Hate (NETHATE) funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme. The vision for NETHATE is to examine the dynamics of the spread of hatred in society, including online fora, as well as mitigation and reconciliation strategies, and the impact on victims and bystanders.

The research and training programme will deliver doctoral training of Europe’s next generation of researchers, teachers and practitioners in understanding the roots and impacts of hate, as well as mitigation strategies, which will support the development of a sustainable democratic culture across the EU. The participation of 10 universities and 1 NGO as the network Beneficiaries and 14 Partner organisations (2 Ministries, 2 companies and 10 NGO’s) all deeply involved in this area will ensure that the ESRs acquire a broad and deep multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral training and experience that will make them highly marketable and sought after graduates.

The overall mission of the NETHATE programme is to investigate the impact of hate in our societies by furthering our understanding about the (a) the nature of hate, (b) the dynamics of its spread in both offline and online fora, (c) the impact on victims, and (d) mitigation and reconciliation strategies. As a cross-cutting element, the issues of gender (and sex) will be addressed across the range of questions in NETHATE. Each PhD project within NETHATE will provide a piece in this jigsaw. For the complete information on the project please see

Project Title: Social Media Misogyny: Online Hate Against Women 

Host: Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Supervisor(s): Lisa Åkervall, Mia Liinason 

Enrolment in Doctoral Degree: Film and Media Studies, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Time to complete Doctoral Degree:  4 years

Job assignments
Hate against women online, as in the #Gamergate scandal, the reinforcement of sexism in media cultures (for instance in video game cultures), and more general expressions of hatred and trolling against feminism and feminists have emerged as areas of widespread popular and social scientific interest. Yet there is a dearth of research from critical, culturalist, media theoretical, media aesthetic and gender studies perspectives. This project will critically analyze social media misogyny from a film and media studies perspective taking into account insights from gender studies and communication studies. The project puts particular emphasis on the role of media aesthetics and media ecology in the growth of misogyny and hate speech online targeting women, with attention to how social media-related misogyny entangles with the discourse of other media platforms, such as cinema and television. 

Planned Secondments: 3 months communication studies analysis of selected case studies with Prof H Vandebosch (University of Antwerp); 3 months analysis of the conditions of gender research concerning gender-based threats and harassment online with Kajsa Widegren (Swedish Secretariat of Gender Research, Gothenburg) 

Admission to doctoral studies requires basic and special qualifications. Basic qualifications for postgraduate education have those who:
1. graduated at advanced level, or
2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
3. in another way within or outside the country acquired corresponding knowledge.

In order to be approved for MSCA financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Moreover the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. 

Essential Requirements & Skills:
We are looking for a person who has

  • knowledge of and interest in emerging media theoretical debates, including media aesthetics, media ecology and contemporary debates in gender studies
  • You must have an academic degree (s) (M.A. or comparable) in film and media studies or related field
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements for doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg
  • You must have excellent communication skills in English, both in writing and orally
  • You must be able to provide a documented ability to work independently and collaborate within an international multidisciplinary team
  • You must be able to show documented organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines, as well as pay attention to details and quality
  • You should be able to provide documented examples of excellent analytical skills
  • You must have the ability to work very efficiently and to manage different priorities
  • You must be willing to travel to participate in exchanges, education and academic events and to work interdisciplinary and to
  • apply insights from other areas (ie ability to analyze to gain insights from media studies, communication studies, gender studies, political economy)Academic degree(s) (M.A. or comparable) in film and media studies or related field

Desirable Requirements & Skills: 

  • Familiarity with and knowledge of digital technologies, social media platforms, and the related discourses

The position is full time and time-limited
The location is the Department of Cultural Sciences in Gothenburg 
Starting 1 Mars 2021

After admission to doctoral education, you will be employed as a doctoral student. Provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993: 100. The first employment as a doctoral student may be valid for a maximum of one year. The employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a total of a maximum of eight years. However, the total employment period may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time postgraduate education for four years.

Contact information for the employment
Informal queries may be made in regards to this ESR post – contact Lisa Åkervall at

How to applyIn order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system: under the professional area Doctoral student. The reference number is PAR 2020/1101. 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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
What should be included in the application can be found on the project’s website:

Closing date: 22 November 2020 at 23:00 CET (Brussels time)