The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is looking for a 4-year PhD candidate for the project Connected Through Entertainment
. This project investigates how the joint consumption of entertainment television content via social media (i.e., social TV) can foster public connection. The project is led by Dr. A. Marthe Möller (PI), Prof. Dr. Jessica Piotrowski, and Dr. Annemarie van Oosten.
Grounded in literature on entertainment communication, this project investigates how the act of discussing entertainment television content with others online can lead to feelings of public connection. It does so through four goals. First, it aims to develop a typology of public connection as this term has not been clearly defined in the entertainment literature. Second, it aims to create and validate a measure of experienced connection to others. Third, it investigates the relationship between participation in social TV and public connection. Finally, it studies how experiences of public connection are reflected in the online conversations that people have about entertainment content. By achieving these four aims, the project contributes to our theoretical understanding of public connection as a concept, as well as to our knowledge of the relationship between social TV and public connection. In addition, such insights can shed light on the potential positive impact that entertainment content consumption has on individuals and society. What are you going to do?
As a PhD candidate in this project, you will conduct four studies connected to the four research goals of the project. The project comprises multiple research methods, namely a systematic narrative literature review, survey research, experimental research, and (manual) content analysis. Together, successfully completing these projects will lead to a PhD dissertation. Your tasks will include:
- Reading and creating overviews of relevant academic literature and, based on this, design and specify the four studies of the project;
- Managing the project, i.e., scheduling meetings with the supervisory team and preparing the agenda for these meetings, as well as keeping notes during the meeting;
- Preparing the studies, e.g., setting up a survey and designing stimulus materials;
- Collecting and analyzing data for the studies, e.g., gathering a sample of the literature, gathering survey responses;
- Writing academic papers reporting on each of the four studies as well as submitting these manuscripts to academic journals and revising them based on peer-reviews;
- Presenting the studies at academic conferences;
- Contribute to the ASCoR research community by attending workshops, meetings, and lectures;
- Contribute to teaching activities at Bachelor’s level for 10% of your time.