This Research & Innovation Doctoral Project brief summarises our priority areas of research interest under the heading of: Coming of Age Today: Gen Z’s Myriad Interfaces.
We welcome all research degree applications aligned with and in response to this brief.
Project brief details
Like youth cultures previously, the post-Millennial generation, identified as “Gen Z”, often seems to be - to those not of that generation - a source of concern and even moral panic. This generation approximately describes those born from 1995 onwards, and is also sometimes known, according to the Huffington Post, as the ‘iGeneration’, ‘Founders’, ‘Plurals’, or the ‘Homeland’ Generation. We are told that this is the generation of short attention spans, extreme multi-tasking, mobile phone addiction, Instagram and Netflix binging. It is also a generation that brings with it particular anxieties about belonging, about the environment, about sexuality, about the racialised Other, about performance and testing.
This project invites responses to research questions in the following areas, among others:
- Young Adult narrative formats and marketplaces (e.g. graphic novels, web comics, Instagram stories, YouTubers, online multi-player gaming)
- Mental health issues
- Gen Z’s politics: environment, race, trans-sexualities
- Hashtag Me Too: speaking out against sexual abuse
- Digital nomadism, new entrepreneurialisms, alternative retail models, pop-ups
- Cornish youth culture
- Global intersectional feminisms
- Youth violence; contemporary tribalisms
- Youth and religion
- Gen Z’s global linguistics
This area of research could embrace topics across all the schools in the university, accommodating diverse methodological approaches, although my own supervisory approach would be through critical theory, textual analysis, and media studies.
Projects deriving from this brief are expected to sit within the following Research & Innovation programme and department:
|Programme||Inequality & Storytelling|
|Department||Falmouth School of Art|
As successful research degree project proposals must emphasise a clear alignment between the project idea and one or more of our Research & Innovation programmes, we recommend that you review details of the programme aligned to this brief before you complete the application process.
Project brief lead
Proposed Supervisor: Dr Carolyn Shapiro
Dr Carolyn Shapiro received her MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University (2004), and received a BA in Comparative Literature and History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She taught in the English department at Baruch College, City University of New York, from 1996-1999, before moving to the UK in 1999. She has been lecturing in critical theory and history and cultural studies at Falmouth since 2002, across disciplines, including: BA(Hons) History of Modern Art and Design; MA 20th Century Art and Design; BA(Hons) Advertising; MA Creative Advertising; BA(Hons) Illustration, MA Authorial Practice; MA Communication Design; MA Graphic Design; BA(Hons) English and Creative Writing; and BA(Hons) Film Studies. She currently holds the position of course coordinator for Critical Studies for BA(Hons) Illustration and as primary tutor for the theories and discourses module for MA Authorial Practice, and has been the primary tutor on the Visual Culture and Communication module for the MA Creative Advertising for 15 years
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To discuss this project brief, ideas or project proposal responding to this brief, please contact: Dr Caroline Shapiro.
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