Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate: The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture


The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture

Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate with Watershed Cultural Cinema Bristol, UWE Bristol and Exeter Universities

An exciting opportunity has arisen to undertake a collaborative doctorate analysing the role of independent cinema in the age of on-demand culture, beginning in October 2019. The project explores independent cinema’s approach to curation, audience development and community-building; its relationships with funders and policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels; and the strategies it has developed to survive in the face of far-reaching changes to the ways in which films are distributed, exhibited and consumed notably the emergence of Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) services. The project will focus on the role of Watershed Cultural Cinema in Bristol https://www.watershed.co.uk/ but also engage with the UK independent film exhibition centre as a whole.

You will be jointly supervised by Mark Cosgrove, the Film Curator at Watershed, Professor Andrew Spicer at UWE Bristol and Dr James Lyons at Exeter University. The studentship is fully funded for three years within the South, West and Wales (SWW2) Doctoral Training Partnership and you will enjoy all the advantages of working within that collaborative framework that includes a number of training events.

For further details please go to the SWW2 website: https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/apply/

If you have any questions or queries about this doctorate, please contact Andrew Spicer in the first instance: andrew2.spicer@uwe.ac.uk.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, you need to send an Expression of Interest to Andrew Spicer by email. This should contain the following:

  • Name
  • Contact Details
  • Educational Background and Qualifications
  • A statement (up to 1,000 words) that explains:
  1. Why you wish to apply for this collaborative doctorate
  2. How you would approach investigating this subject
  3. What you see as the advantages in working with Watershed, UWE Bristol and Exeter
  4. In what way your interests, education and existing knowledge makes you well suited to undertake this project

We need to receive your Expression of Interest by 17.00 on Thursday 3 January 2019 at the latest. Please note that you must be available to be interviewed in Bristol on Friday 11 January 2019.


B-magic: The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as Visual Mass Medium in Belgium (1830-1940): PhD vacancies

 There are 6 PhD vacancies available within the B-magic project. Be
 sure to submit your applications by July 2. More information regarding
the positions, terms of appointment, and the project can be found on
our website www.B-magic.eu

The B-magic project  aims to ‘rediscover the various functions’ of the
lantern performance within the Belgian public sphere, in particular,
its use in the transmission and negotiation of knowledge, norms and
values by different societal groups. Scientists and entertainers,
teachers and priests, political movements and organisations: they all
used projected visual narratives to inform, entertain, educate and
mobilize audiences of up to more than a thousand people per occasion.
The lantern was the first visual mass medium to contest the printed
word as a primary mode of information and instruction. All layers of
society, both literate and illiterate, received visual information
about nature, religion, science, new technologies and foreign
countries. Our team therefore consists of researchers from cultural
history and history of science, media and communication science, and
film and theatre history. Together, we will investigate the role of
the magic lantern in the first hundred years of Belgian history.

The B-magic consortium will research the *pivotal role of the magic
lantern in Belgian society*from the country’s independence (1830) up
to 1940, when its use declined. To this end, it brings together an
interdisciplinary team of researchers from Performance Studies, Cinema
and Media Studies, Urban History, History of Science and Knowledge,
Communication Studies, Semiotics, and Narratology. B-Magic will
produce the first comprehensive study of the role of the magic lantern
as a mass medium in a country.


The B-magic project will host six PhD candidates. Vacancies are now published and open until July 2.

University of Antwerp (UA)

* Doctoral student, Theatre studies and intermediality – 2018BAPFLWEF170:


* Doctoral student, Urban history – 2018BAPFLWEF169:


KU Leuven

* PhD position, Cultural History since 1750 – BAP-2018-267:


Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

* PhD position in theatre studies – EURAXESS Job Offer id: 304244:


* PhD position in film studies – EURAXESS Job Offer id: 304250:


Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

* Doctoral student, Media studies – EURAXESS Job Offer id: 301170:


Open Position: Department of Communication of Wake Forest University

The Department of Communication of Wake Forest University invites applications for a non-tenure track renewable teaching professional faculty position with an area of expertise in film and media production to begin Fall 2018. Responsibilities include: teaching (beginning and advanced media production, Intro to Film and Media Aesthetics, and others, including classes in applicant’s area of specialization – 6 courses per academic year), equipment management, and department service. M.F.A. or other terminal degree required.

Wake Forest University is a private liberal arts school with 4,900 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1834, the University is annually ranked among the top 30 national universities. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community and a rich cultural life. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.

The Communication Department is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups and applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.

Interested applicants should apply online with of a letter of interest, list of three references (with contact information), and a current CV (including appropriate evidence of production experience and training). All documents can be combined and uploaded as one pdf file. Examples of creative work will be requested if desired after an initial review of these materials. Formal review of applications begins October 30 and continues until the position is filled. Confidential letters of recommendation will be requested for final candidates and those letters will be sent to letters@wfu.edu. The submission of an online application for Wake Forest University is required for this position.


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