Earning a doctoral degree is a testament to an individual's academic commitment and perseverance. It is a journey marked by countless hours attending seminars, conducting research, teaching courses, and dissertation writing. Each step taken by our PhD students reflects their dedication and intellectual rigour.
This year's cohort from the Faculty of Arts has proved that the essence of doctoral research is in its social impact; their work is an embodiment of the valuable knowledge they have acquired and their potential to effect meaningful societal change. The Faculty of Arts is proud to have supported these students and is eager to witness the positive impact they will make.
Please join us in congratulating the 2023 cohort of the Faculty of Arts on this monumental accomplishment. Their journey has been inspiring, and we look forward to their continued success in the years to come.
Thesis: “The Art of Getting Drunk:” Martial Masculinity, Alcohol, and the British Army in the Canadas in the War of 1812
Exploring the role of alcohol consumption in shaping masculine identities within the British army in the Canadas during the early 19th century.
Thesis: The Role of Executive Functions and Emotion Knowledge in Children’s Communication Repair
Investigating children's ability to detect and repair miscommunications in response to nonverbal cues.
Thesis: Digital Dialogism: Space, Time, and Queerness in Video Games
Arguing that the layers of "voices" in games influence player interpretation and identifying how its narrative and representational elements can inadvertently uphold white supremacy while silencing potential anti-racist perspectives.
Thesis: Development of an Efficient and Broadly Applicable Measure of Case Conceptualization Quality
Adressing the need for a reliable method to evaluate case conceptualization quality in psychotherapy to advance understanding of treatment outcomes.
Thesis: Stand Fast for Peace & Freedom: A Study of Foreign Policy of the British Labour Party in Opposition 1931 to 1940
Analyzing the British Labour Party's ideological split between idealism and pragmatism in countering fascism, and the shift from war resistance to collective security and rearmament.
Addressing female submission and the desire for agency in the island societies of Mauritius and the Comoros Archipelago.
Thesis: The Idea of a Follower: An Investigation of Implicit Followership Theories and Their Correlates
Investigating how individual traits and situational contexts affect people's perceptions of followers and identifying common follower prototypes based on factors such as work experience and socio-demographic background.
Analyzing the effect of social media on political leaders’ debates and reavealing the rhetorical influence social media has on political parties, political leaders, and voters.
Thesis: Xenophobic citizenship, unsettling space, and constraining borders: Assembling refugee exclusion in South Africa’s everyday
Exploring how the state, citizens, civil society, refugees, and the media all intersect to shape refugee experiences in urban centers in South Africa.
Thesis: Essays on Portfolio Selection, Continuous-time Analysis, and Market Incompleteness
Introducing a novel definition of concentration in portfolio investment and establishing a risk threshold where diversification and concentration strategies align.
Thesis: Towards a Cyber Jus ad Bellum: Bridging Legal Gaps within Cyberwar Governance
Critiquing the current lack of international laws and the insufficiency of extending traditional armed conflict laws to the cyber domain.
Thesis: Queen of the Academy: Academic Drag as Pedagogy and Praxis
Demonstrating the potential of academic drag to disrupt conventional academic norms and to create a more inclusive scholarly space.
Thesis: Alone Together - Convergence Culture and the Slender Man Phenomenon
Demonstrating how the Slender Man phenomenon uses digital media to merge horror aesthetics with internet trolling and often leads to serious real-world consequences.
Thesis: Calibration Committees and Rating Distribution Guidance Effects on Leniency Bias in Subjective Performance Evaluations
Examining how peer calibration committees (PCCs) and rating distribution guidance (RDG) can impact leniency bias in performance evaluations.
Thesis: Fictocritical Cyberfeminism: A Paralogical Model for Post-Internet Communication
Arguing that "creative paranoia" inspired by fictocritical cyberfeminism provides a route towards a more paralogical media literacy that could redefine our future media environment.
Thesis: Developing a Community: Qualitative Approaches to Understanding the Role of Community Engagement in Gameswork
Investigating the growing emphasis on engaging and managing online communities within the gaming industry.
Exploring the relationship between Queer theory and surveillance technologies and linking to broader geopolitical and biopolitical phenomena such as national security, biosecurity, warfare, and statecraft.
Identifying the factors contributing to sexual desire in long-term heterosexual relationships and highlighting the importance of examining sexual desire from an interpersonal lens.
Developing new means of assessing the relationship between temperament and attention in social contexts to better support the social development of shy children.
Addressing how uncertain corn market and weather factors affect optimal fertilizer application decsions of the farmer and social planner.