Call for new collaborative funded PhD: Data Entanglements in Networked Culture

London South Bank University and The Photographers’ Gallery are pleased to invite applications for a full-time, funded PhD commencing in April 2020 or ASAP. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a collaborative doctoral research project with the Digital Programme of TPG and The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at LSBU.

New extended deadline for applications is Monday 23 March 2020.

Data Entanglements in Networked Culture: the future of the post-photographic image

CSNI and TPG are interested in projects that critically examine the computational basis of the circulation of information, meaning and value. We are particularly interested in further understandings of machine vision and the circulation of the networked image at the frontend of platforms and the backend of algorithms. The topic emphasises the materiality and technics of the network apparatus, which has opened up new ways of thinking about the agency of machines and their interactions with humans. This in turn leads back to the need to rethink the position of visuality in the general modes of cultural reproduction and representation.

We have a longstanding interest in the user’s relationship to the screen image, subjectification, labour and screen affects. In this respect a focus of interest might be the performative nature of the human/computer interaction. A further common interest lies in problems of curating computational photography, archiving digital born objects as well as an underlying interest in post-photographic and algorithmic literacy. 

These topics are not meant to be exhaustive of our interests and are used here as illustrations. Proposals should indicate what your research topic responds to, what question and problems it addresses and an initial suggestion of method and approach. Proposals for this second research project by CSNI and TPG’s digital programme can be practice-based, empirical fieldwork and/or theoretical in nature. 

For further information contact: Dr. Geoff Cox,

The closing date for applications is extended to Monday 23 March 2020.

Application is by email, consisting of a letter of application, an outline proposal and CV, to: Emily Campbell, School Research Administrator,

The interviews will be held soon after and it is hoped that the successful candidate will register as soon as possible thereafter for the Summer Term 2020. 

Funding Notes: This is a full-time, three year funded position with an annual bursary, plus a fee waiver.


Image: Nicolas Malevé, Taking a look at ImageNet (copyleft 2019).