LINGUIST List 30.152

Fri Jan 11 2019

Support: English; Discourse Analysis; Media communication: PhD, Ghent University

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 09-Jan-2019
From: Catherine Bouko <>
Subject: English; Discourse Analysis; Media communication: PhD, Ghent University, Belgium
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Department: Translation, Interpreting and Communication
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Ghent University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis
Media communication
Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Research Centre for Multilingual Practices and Language Learning in Society (MULTIPLES) at Ghent University, invites applications for a full-time position as doctoral researcher. The PhD student will be working on the project “ Representations of intra-EU mobility and extra-EU migration in new media and in their readers' comments, in the context of Brexit”.

The research is situated in the domain of media communication, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics.
The media are considered partly to blame for the Brexit vote, not least because of their biased coverage of migration during the campaign. The project addresses this issue from two angles. Firstly, while most analyses of media coverage still focus on broadsheets vs. tabloids, increasingly popular Internet-only media fall within any of these two categories and remain particularly understudied. Therefore, the project seeks to identify digital-only practices in news-making, particularly regarding mobility in the Brexit context. Secondly, the ‘refugee crisis’ has resulted in fears of the extra-European ‘other’ but intra-European mobility is also instilling fears that undermine one of the very pillars of the EU, namely freedom of movement. Contrary to research to date which focuses on extra-EU migration, this project will analyze the media discourses regarding intra- and extra-EU mobilities, as well as the reactions these discourses trigger in readers’ comments.
The news articles published by Buzzfeed UK, The Huffington Post UK and The Guardian are the subjects of the study, together with the comments posted by their readers.
By combining the two angles, the project will have scientific impact both regarding new media and migration discourses.

- Master’s degree in linguistics, communication, or a related discipline, obtained with excellent grades before the start of the project
- C2 or native-speaker level in English. The applicants’ skills in English will be tested; applicants below level C2 will not be considered for this research.
- Excellent academic skills in English
- Good social and communicative skills
- Capacity for autonomous research

- Analyzing news articles and comments through quantitative and qualitative methods (the data is already collected).
- Preparing a PhD on the basis of the project
- Preparing individual and joint publications for national and international scientific journals
- Presenting research at national and international conferences

We offer a 48-month PhD position at Ghent University (Research Centre MULTIPLES &
Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication).
The position is available from 1 May 2019, but the starting date is negotiable up to 1 October 2019.

Candidates are invited to apply by submitting two types of documents by e-mail to Prof. Catherine Bouko ( by 15 March 2019, 23:59 (CET):
1) A single pdf-document with :
- a letter of application
- a CV (including an overview of the applicant’s study results and the contact details of one person we may contact for a reference)
- a copy of the required Master’s degree
2) a personal piece of (scientific) writing in the form of a student paper or publication (e.g. Master thesis or article) in English, demonstrating your academic skills.
On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview (if necessary, interviews can be held via Skype if the applicants live abroad).

Applications Deadline: 15-Mar-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Catherine Bouko
        Groot-Brittanniëlaan 45
        Gent 9000

Contact Information:
        Catherine Bouko

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