Friday, 20 March 2015

PhD Studentship Opportunity: Extreme Media

The Department of Media and Communication Design at Northumbria University is currently advertising PhD studentships in the following areas:

  • African social media
  • Extreme media
  • Gender and media
  • Industrial contexts of horror cinema
  • Italian film genres

Details are available at:

The extreme media scholarship is begin offered by me - see advert below:

Dept / School / Faculty:
Department of Media and Communication Design | Northumbria University

Project Title:
New Theoretical Approaches to “Extreme” Media (ADSS/DRFMED7P/61878)
Project Supervisor(s):
Dr S Jones  (email:  

Application Deadline:
31 March 2015

A growing number of scholars have addressed the notion of “extremity” in recent years, leading to exciting new developments in the fields of film studies and cultural studies. However, there is still much work to be done not only in developing our understanding of “extremity” as a concept, but also in critically engaging with the enormous variety of media texts that have been commonly understood as “extreme”. This PhD project will contribute to this emergent area of scholarship by developing new theoretical approaches to the examination of “extreme” media texts and/or the concept of “extremity” itself. Applications are invited on any aspect related to the topic, including (but not limited to) the following indicative themes: 

• Representations of violence in, for example, contemporary action or horror film 

• Moral/ethical theory and controversial subject matters 

• Taboo subject matter in, for example, “gross-out” comedy 
• “Extreme” bodies 
• Atrocity imagery 
• Genre-blurring and extremity 
• Issues relating to offence and regulating taste in the social sphere 
• Legislating and censoring “extreme” media 

Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to: Dr Steve Jones,, 0191 227 4036 

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see 
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Funding Notes:
The full-time studentship provides full support for tuition fees, and an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rates (for 2015/16 this is £14,057 p.a.)

Relevant publications by Steve Jones: 

  • Torture Porn: Popular Horror after Saw. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013 
  • Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Desire and the Living Dead. Jefferson: McFarland, 2014 
  • “Gender Monstrosity: Deadgirl and the Sexual Politics of Zombie-Rape”, Feminist Media Studies, 13:4, 2013 
  • “No Pain, No Gain: Strategic Repulsion and The Human Centipede”, Cine-Excess Journal Launch Issue - Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Poetics of Excess, 2013 
  • “Torture Born: Representing Pregnancy and Abortion in Contemporary Survival-Horror”, Sexuality & Culture., 2015

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