PhD News – Summer 2017
June 22nd, 2017
The School of Media and Communication congratulates PhD candidates who have successfully passed their vivas in the past few months, with new graduates taking up positions both in Leeds and further afield.
Kristina Karvelyte has been awarded a PhD for her thesis on ‘Making a Creative City with Chinese Characteristics: Perspectives from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei’. Kristina’s work looked at cultural policy within these three cities and particularly at the use of large-scale cultural events as part of the reworking of the ‘creative city’ discourse in East Asia. Her research contributes to the developing field of policy mobility and the understanding of shifting approaches to cultural policy in the Chinese-speaking world, and East Asia more generally.
Her supervisors were Professor Kate Oakley and Dr Giorgia Aiello and her examiners were Dr Hye-Kyung Lee (Kings College London) and Professor David Hesmondhalgh. Kristina is currently a visiting scholar on a Taiwan Fellowship at the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University.
Ana Stojiljkovic has been awarded a PhD for a thesis on ‘Election Campaigns and Collective Identities: The Cases of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina’. The research investigates four election campaigns (2008 and 2012 in Serbia, 2006 and 2010 in Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the way in which campaign communication (re)constructs collective identities. The empirical analysis takes a unique approach by combining a textual analysis of campaign materials, interviews with campaign managers and focus groups with citizens in both countries. The findings reveal the centrality of appeals to national and ethnic identities, but also specific differences between the two countries that reflect their social, political and historical backgrounds. The study shows different ways in which election campaigns shape the narratives of identities, including framing the current political and social situation, retelling the past, (re)defining the boundaries of the political communities and suggesting visions of the future.
The research was supervised by Professor Katrin Voltmer and Dr Giorgia Aiello. The examiners were Professor Stephen Coleman and Professor Dominic Wring (Loughborough University). During her doctoral studies, Ana has been involved in the international project ‘Media, Conflict and Democratisation’. She has also worked as campaign consultant and continues to do so after her PhD.