Course(s) Offered: Social sciences
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: University of Central Lancashire
Country to Study in: UK
Political analysts for Al Jazeera have suggested the ‘Dawn of a new Arab century’ (22/2/11). Hilary Clinton has claimed that America is losing the information war to stations such as Al Jazeera and RT (6/3/11).
The resilience and determination of Egyptians and other Arab nations to assert a peaceful claim to power and demand democracy challenged the Western notion of the ‘arab exception’ to the desire for democracy and thus more broadly the dominant Orientalist stereotype of the East as irrational, unchanging, emotional and autocratic.
The University of Central Lancashire is funding the PhD research into the theme 'Changing Images of the Arab World' at the university's School of Journalism, Media & Communication.
The thesis will examine both visual and linguistic discourses. Applicants should have, or expect to receive a qualification equivalent to a high class UK honours degree.
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT students from UK/EU)
School of Journalism, Media & Communication, The University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
Fields of study
The theme is 'Changing Images of the Arab World'.
Through a critical discourse analysis approach, this PhD thesis will explore contemporary shifts in representations of the Arab world from the war on terror to the current Arab ‘revolutions’ to consider the ways in which an Orientalist/ ‘exception’ discourse is redrawn, challenged or asserted in western and/or Arab media in 2011.
Will changing political realities and the methods of political action through which Arab people attempt to assert agency (Spivak 1988) impact on the Orientalist / ‘exception’ discourse? Should we revisit this agenda to consider the impact of an increasingly globalised consumer market on representation of the Arab world? (Ritzer 2007)
Research within the field of International Journalism is a long established area of the Journalism, Media and Culture research theme's work. The group has had a high level of impact in terms of recognition within institutions such as the UK Government and the European Parliament.
Number of awards
The scholarship is tenable for up to 3 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress]
The scholarship will provide £15000 towards the cost of the International tuition fee over 3 years.
Method of Application
Applications are invited for a full-time scholarship available in the School of Journalism, Media & Communication. The scholarship is open to international applicants only. UK/EU applicants are not eligible to apply.
The application to this scholarship must be submitted on or before 13th May 2011
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.
From state-of-the-art facilities and world class teaching and support to help undergraduate students succeed, to providing world-leading Astrophysics researchers with the opportunity to work with NASA and photograph the Sun, UCLan has it all.
UCLan has evolved over the years to become a world class institution, recognised with its inclusion in the 2010 QS World Rankings – the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status.
Application Deadline: 13 May 2011
Open to International students: Yes
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