Holland – PhD Positions New Media, The University of Twente

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The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the
Netherlands is
looking for
Two Ph.D. Students (M/F, fulltime)

Two PhD students for the international research project:
Evaluating the Cultural Quality of New Media
Towards a Philosophy of Human-Media Relations.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The two PhD positions are part of a prestigious and exciting international
research project in philosophy named “Evaluating the Cultural Quality of New
Media”. This five-year project, which will include five researchers and will
involve collaboration with leading international scholars and research
centres, has as its aim to develop a framework for better normative analyses
of new media and new media culture, especially in relation to their
contribution to the quality of life (“the good life”) and the quality of
society. Project leader is Dr. Philip Brey. Two postdocs have already been
appointed to the project: dr. A. Briggle, PhD, University of Colorado
and dr.
E. Spence, PhD, Sydney University. The project will be part of a new
international Centre of Excellence in Ethics and Technology of the
of philosophy of Twente University, Delft University of Technology and
Eindhoven University of Technology.

Applications are accepted for three different projects:

Ph.D Project 1 – The Quality of Virtual Environments and Tools
This subproject aims to perform a philosophical analysis of the implications
of the ever increasing virtualization for the quality of life and of
Virtualization is defined as the digital production of interactive
whether graphical or symbolic, that mirror things and events in the physical
world. What are the implications of this process for moral and social
identity, embodiment, and conceptions of reality, and how can these
implications be normatively evaluated?

Ph.D. Project 2 – The Quality of Computer-Mediated Social Relations
This subproject focuses on computer-mediated social relations and
practices in
friendships, love relationships, and community life. Increasingly, the
world is held together by electronic networks. More and more, communication,
social relationships, and community formation take place over such networks.
The aim of the project is to perform a philosophical analysis of the
implications of this trend for the quality of life and of society.

Ph.D. Project 3 – Societal Appraisals of the Cultural Quality of New Media
This subproject will perform a study of appraisals of new media that are
by representatives of major ideologies or worldviews, with the aim of
assessing how they relate to conceptions of the good life and the good
held by these ideologies. It will study liberal, communitarian,
religious and postmaterialist evaluations of new media, and will try to
which ideologies see themselves as winners and losers in the development
of a
new media culture. It will also provide critiques of current ideological
stances on new media.

Only the two best candidates out of all applicants will be offered a
position. Selection will only be based on the quality of the candidate, and
not on his or her preference for a particular project, except that the
two PhD
appointments will be for different projects. You may apply for more
than one
project if you wish.


For all three projects: a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in
with strength in ethics and/or political philosophy. Consideration will also
be given to candidates with a multidisciplinary Master’s degree on a topic
relevant to the project and some background in philosophy, and to
candidates with only a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Demonstrable
in philosophical issues relating to information technology and new
media. Good
analytical skills. Good communication skills in English, in writing as
well as
orally. Creativity, open-mindedness, and an ability to develop new ideas.


A four-year full-time Ph.D. position starting November 1, 2006. The gross
salary is € 1.933,- in the first year going up to € 2.472,- in the
fourth year
(€ 25.552,- and € 32.677,- per annum, respectively, including vacation pay).
Each Ph.D. position comes with a budget of up to € 8,000,- for travel and
conference attendance.

Information and application

A description of the overall project, the three subprojects and a FAQ can be
retrieved from http://www.ceptes.nl/vici. Applicants are advised to read
texts carefully before applying. For questions not answered on the
website you
can contact the project leader, dr. Philip Brey (e-mail:

Your application should contain the following documents: a letter of
application which explains your interest in the position and explains your
qualifications (this letter should contain some suggestions on how you would
want to approach the project you apply for); a curriculum vitae which
the name and e-mail address/telephone number of one of your professors,
preferably the supervisor of your master’s thesis; a copy of your master’s
thesis; copies of publications, if any; an academic transcript that
contains a
list of subjects taken and grades received (this may be an unofficial
or scanned copy; we can request the original later). Optionally, you can
include letters of recommendation from your professors.

Your application can be sent by e-mail (preferred) or by normal post to dr.
ir. J.F.C. Verberne (e-mail: pz-gw@gw.utwente.nl), managing director of the
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE
Enschede, the Netherlands. Please mention the vacancy number: 06/072-1
(project 1), 06/072-2 (project 2), or 06/072-3 (project 3). Your
should be in by October 2, 2006. Job interviews will be held between
October 9
and 13.

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