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Doctoral student (M/F) in sociology

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General information

Reference : UMR8209-DOMMAR-001
Workplace : PARIS 06
Date of publication : Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Dominique Marchetti
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

(Co-)Production of news in times of conflict (fixers, NGOs, journalists)

Despite their strategic importance in armed conflicts, national and transnational media fields rarely arouse the interest of social science researchers, except through content studies. Therefore, this project proposes to develop research on contemporary transformations of journalistic work in times of war. More specifically, the aim is to understand the logics of (co)-production of information between development actors, the military, journalists from major international media and local media, particularly through the emerging figures of "fixers" and "humanitarian personnel", who play the role of "passers" between these professional worlds. The multi-site field investigation will focus mainly on these two types of often invisible co-producers of news in relation to foreign journalists.
Indeed, budgetary restrictions in the media as well as extremely difficult and risky access to territories have reinforced this form of collaboration. The relocation of the production sites of special envoys, correspondents and members of the offices of the main information "wholesalers" (news agencies, transnational audiovisual media, etc.) to the countries bordering the conflicts covered is indicative of this shift. This is why it is necessary to "locate" the survey in these areas where humanitarian, military, international and local media actors are concentrated. This study will focus on two of the main "rear bases" for the production of information on the Syrian conflict since 2011, Beirut in Lebanon and Amman in Jordan.

Work Context

The doctoral student will be attached to the "Sociology" doctoral program at EHESS and will be directed by Dominique Marchetti. He or she will be a doctoral student at UMR 8209 (European Centre for Sociology and Political Science) in France and will be hosted by the UMIFRE 6 (the French Institute for the Near East, IFPO) during his or her research stays in Jordan and Lebanon.

Additional Information

Prerequisites to apply
Obtaining an M2 in sociology and/or political science.

Further information
Documents to be provided :
- CV
- Thesis project (5 pages maximum)

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