Supervisor – Associate Professor Nicholas Carah
Funded through our ARC Discovery project ‘Using machine vision to explore Instagram’s everyday promotional cultures’, we are looking for a PhD researcher to work with our team to develop a project that examines Instagram’s participatory and promotional cultures. The project will employ media and cultural studies approaches, and computational methods developed by the research team. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in a combination of humanities and computational approaches to digital media, using critical and qualitative approaches alongside novel machine vision and data visualisation techniques. The project will focus on a particular aspect of Instagram’s participatory culture, this might relate to food, lifestyle sport, music or another case you are interested in. An objective of the project will be to explore the intersections between Instagram’s everyday cultures and the classification of those cultures by machine vision systems. The project will be part of a larger effort to develop critical approaches to understanding the interplay between machine learning and everyday life in digital cultures.
A working knowledge of media, communication and cultural studies approaches to digital media platforms would be of benefit to someone working on this project.