One postdoctoral research fellowship and one doctoral research fellowship are available at the University of Oslo, Norway. Both positions are available from January 2012. Deadline for applications: September 2011.
The positions will be attached to the research project 'Clouds and Concerts - Mediation and Mobility in Contemporary Music Culture' directed by Prof. Anne Danielsen and Associate prof. Arnt Maasø and funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project is a collaboration between Department of Musicology and Department of Media and Communication.
The overall aim of the project is to investigate the role of digital technologies for the distribution and reception of music. Of particular interest is how the content and value of liveness has changed with the new forms and combinations of mediation and live performance made possible by online communication and distribution. A second field of investigation is the interaction of individuals in new digital environments, particularly through the use of mobile phones. The project is organized in two main subprojects: A) The role of ‘liveness’ in the era of digital mediation and B) Activities of fans and audiences on digital music services and social network sites
The postdoctoral research fellow is expected to contribute to subproject A and the successful applicant should submit a project proposal that is thematically related to this research area. This subproject will examine how live and mediated forms are being used and mixed in contemporary live concerts and/or what aspects of the contemporary live format that represent ‘liveness’ to the audience, as well as how these may have changed or not changed from the analog era.
The doctoral research fellow is expected to contribute to subproject B and the successful applicant should submit a project proposal that is thematically related to this research area. This subproject will examine how different media platforms typical of the digital age are used, with a special focus on the role of mobile media. In particular, we wish to shed light on the diffusion and use of music on social network sites and streaming services such as WIMP and Spotify, as well as the relationship between mediated forms of sharing and non-mediated personal communication. Experience from 'data mining' and/or competence in quantitative analysis of large data sets will be regarded particularly useful for the PhD position.