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Call for Participation: Media Studies Research Design Workshop for Graduate Students

06/23/2016
Media Studies Research Design Workshop for Graduate Students
 
Organized by: The Media Studies Program at AUB and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences
 
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
 
Participants: Graduate students in Media Studies (or whose research encompasses media) from across the Arab region
 
Confirmed Senior Scholars: Marwan Kraidy, Helga Tawil-Souri, Tarik Sabry, Michael Curtin, and Joseph Oliver Boyd-Barret
 
 
This one-day workshop will give MA students at the thesis proposal stage and beyond, and early PhD students, the opportunity to work with senior scholars to develop their research design and methodology. Students will explore the close relationship between formulating a research question, defining an appropriate method of research, and forming an argument about research findings. 
 
The workshop will consist of two parts. The first half of the day will be oriented to general issues related to designing and refining a research project in media studies. Students will be grouped according to the stage of their project. The second part of the workshop will involve discussion of participant’s projects in small groups and on an individual basis, through detailed feedback from senior scholars and other workshop participants. 
 
To Apply:
Submit a 2 to 3 page detailed abstract, detailing your primary research topic, questions, and method.  Abstracts should also clarify what stage the project is at (drafting a proposal, beginning to write, or first draft). 
 
When you apply, please also include the following information in the body of the email:
 
Personal Information
  • Name (Family Name, First Name):
  • Current Residence:
 
Education
  • Degrees Awarded (with year):
  • Current Institutional Affiliation (MA/ PhD level):
  • Discipline:
  • Expected year of Graduation:
 
Deadline for submissions is September 2, 2016. Selection decisions are announced by September 30, 2016.
 
Accepted applicants will be required to circulate a full draft of their proposal or thesis chapter by December 15, 2016. Conveners will circulate a reading list in advance of the workshop.
 
Please note: This workshop is open only to MA/early PhD students from the Arab region. While the workshop will be in English, we will accept abstracts and papers written in Arabic.
 
Accepted applicants will also be invited to audit a conference on the topic ‘Rethinking Media through the Middle East,’ also organized by the workshop coordinators, held at AUB during the two days before the workshop.
 
Funding for accepted applicants from outside Lebanon (airfare and hotel) will be provided by ACSS.
 
Applications and queries should be sent to mediastudies@aub.edu.lb.
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