The “Podcast Studies PhDs” group is an international collective of doctoral candidates in the emerging field of Podcast Studies who seek to connect and collaborate with each other to promote and advance research into podcasting from multi- and interdisciplinary backgrounds. We organise a number of events, including reading sessions that invite authors of podcasting research to talk about their work, themed workshops and informal writing sessions to keep us motivated. See our contact/join section for information on how to participate.
- 2021-03-10 | Reading Session: Gender in Podcasting (Guest: Amanda Greer, author of “Murder, she spoke: the female voice’s ethics of evocation and spatialisation in the true crime podcast“)
The dates for our weekly (co-)writing sessions are published on our Discord.
- 2021-02-19 | Virtual Symposium: Emerging Research in Podcast Studies
Get in touch / Join
- Google Groups Mailing List: https://groups.google.com/g/podcast-phd
- Discord Server: https://discord.gg/tCsBqJywH2
Waqar Ahmed (School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland)
Waqar.firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @WaqarSeyal
“Audio Podcasts and Audience Engagement in Ireland” (Working Title)
My work aims to provide an understanding of engagement practices of young audio podcast audiences in Ireland and to eventually uncover the creative potentials for audio podcast producers and journalists. This project will explore the changing relationship between podcast production and its audience. It will help to resynthesize the meanings of audience and engagement in the context of podcasting by using a mix-method approach.
Freja Berg (Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark)
email@example.com | 0045 26170473
“Independent podcasting in Denmark” (working title)
The aim of the project is to map out the characteristics of independent Danish-language podcasts in terms of formats and content, and to investigate independent podcasting from a participatory media perspective. This entails examining podcasters’ conditions for production and distribution and their utilization of social media platforms to create listening communities in the era of platformization and commercialisation of the podcast medium. For this purpose, I combine quantitative content analysis, textual analysis, and qualitative interviews.
Stacey Copeland (School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada)
staceycopeland.com | Twitter: @ASCopeland
What can a study of identity politics and cultural construction of audio media across multi-generations of queer radio makers reveal about the history and future of queer representation and gender politics in Canadian media? Through interviews, archival research and audio documentary creation my SSHRC-funded dissertation research explores aural identity and sonic spaces for queer women and lesbians in the Canadian media context. Research areas include: Sound Studies, Radio Studies, Podcasting, Voice and Culture, Gender and Feminist Studies, Media Production, Phenomenology, Broadcast history, Queer Theory and Culture.
Jeff Donison (Communication and Culture, York University, Canada)
Sound, Identity, and Representation in Canadian Minority Podcasting
My dissertation examines Canadian podcasting content and production practices facilitating racial and ethnic minority voice, identity and self-representation. My research particularly explores if podcasting allows marginalized podcasters to voice their experiences and histories as a form of resistance against mainstream media representations shaping the national imagination of what it means to be Canadian.
Alyn Euritt (Institute for American Studies, Universität Leipzig, Germany)
americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/content/alyn-euritt-0 | Twitter: @aeuritt
“Podcasting Intimacy” (working title)
This project places textual analysis of specific podcasts alongside popular criticism/reviews and how-to articles to understand how podcasting defines intimacy. These definitions, I argue, draw on historical constructs of intimacy to negotiate podcasting’s cultural protocols and, by extension, its mediality. At the same time, they participate in a larger ongoing cultural negotiation about what it means to be intimate.
Lukas Herzog (Department of Journalism, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
lukas.herzog.eco | Twitter: @LukasHerzog
They are often quite long and not especially focused. So why do we actually listen to (journalistic) podcasts? – My dissertation research focuses on finding answers to that question using different communication studies approaches and theories like the uses and gratifications approach and parasocial relationships. Research interests: journalistic podcasting, media production, media ethics
Anne Korfmacher (a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School, University of Cologne, Germany)
https://t.co/kNKOp9nuue | Twitter: @anne_korfmacher
“Fan Commentary Podcasts” (working title)
Using the cultural studies informed formalist methodology by literary studies scholar Caroline Levine, my work seeks to systematically describe and understand the commentary genre’s affordances and constraints for the diverse group of fan podcasters, analysing a corpus of reread, recap, review and riffing fan podcasts
Ella Waldmann (LARCA, Université de Paris, France)
firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @ellawt
“Podcasts as literary objects” (working title)
In this project, I analyze American narrative nonfiction podcasts from a literary and media studies perspective, tracing back their genealogy in the history of literary journalism but also looking at the specificities of podcasting as a new medium and its impact on literary forms. Through a case study of the podcast S-Town, I aim to show that podcasts can be read as literary objects, and that as such they push the boundaries of what is commonly understood as literature.