Cultural Crossings: Production, Consumption, and Reception across the Canada-US Border
Second international Culture and the Canada-US Border conference
University of Nottingham, 20-22 June 2014
Keynote Speakers: Charles Acland, Danielle Fuller, and DeNel Rehberg Sedo
Call for papers (click to download)
The Leverhulme Trust-funded Culture and the Canada-US Border international research network is pleased to invite proposals for papers or panels addressing topics related to cultural production, consumption, and reception across the Canada-US border. The 49th parallel has been considered by many Canadian nationalists to symbolize Canada’s cultural independence from the United States, with attendant anxieties about how an “undefended” border might fail to safeguard Canadian culture adequately. This conference seeks to probe the implications for the production, consumption, and reception of literature, film, television, music, theatre, and visual art in relation to the Canada-US border. We encourage analysis of cultural texts, phenomena, and industries both in terms of how they might operate differently in Canada and the United States and the ways in which they might straddle, or ignore, the border altogether. We invite proposals on both contemporary and historical cultural texts and contexts.
Although submissions on any relevant area of interest are welcome, we particularly welcome papers focusing on the following in a cross-border and/or comparative context:
- book histories and publication contexts
- reading cultures and communities
- Hollywood North/runaway film and television production
- Film exhibition and television broadcast
- Re-mounts, re-makes, and adaptations
- Musical production, consumption, or reception
- Museum and gallery exhibition
- Aesthetic influences
- Cultural policy
- Economics and their implications for cultural production and consumption
- Fan cultures
- Celebrity culture
- Cultural workers
- National habitus
- Prize culture
- Reading and/or viewing
- Cultural censorship
Please send 300-word proposals for 20-minute papers and a brief bio to CCUSBorder@kent.ac.uk by 1 November 2013. Panel proposals should include individual paper proposals plus a 100-words summary of the panel’s theme.
A limited number of bursaries are available for graduate students delivering papers. Please email CCUSBorder@kent.ac.uk for details.
The CCUSB network, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, grew out of a conference held at the University of Kent, UK, in 2009. Its core members are located at the Universities of Kent and Nottingham, SUNY Buffalo, Algoma, Mt. Royal (Calgary), and Royal Roads (Victoria). Participation in the network’s activities does not require membership. For further details visit: http://www.kent.ac.uk/ccusb
MEL HOPPENHEIM SCHOOL OF CINEMA
FACULTY OF FINE ARTS, CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
Canada Research Chair in Digital Cinema – Film Studies
Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for an Emerging (Tier 2) Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Cinema within the Film Studies program. The goal of the CRC program is to ensure that Canadian universities “achieve the highest levels of research excellence to become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge-based economy.”
We are seeking an emerging Canadian or international scholar (within 10 years of receiving the PhD) demonstrating promising and innovative investigations into the production, circulation, preservation and/or display of audio-visual cultures with research focusing on the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies in understanding past and present audiovisual phenomena, broadly defined.
Possible areas of specialization may include: technological, aesthetic, and cultural dynamics of moving image and sound formats of storage, transmission, and display across media; new models for on-line, digital, multimedia and interactive scholarship, publishing, and archiving; history and theory of gaming, special effects and or media convergence; artistic experimental and oppositional practices; mobile technologies and social media; history of moving image technologies; heritage and new media; intellectual property and the related business and legal infrastructures of moving images; history and theory of archives. Attention to matters of difference (gender, ethnicity, sexuality, language) as they subtend the above areas are encouraged.
The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of research and publication in a relevant field and have demonstrated ability to foster sizable interdisciplinary initiatives, attract and mentor excellent graduate students, and secure external funding. The candidate will also be expected to take a leadership role in continuing to build the research culture of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and its graduate programs. Knowledge of French, though not a condition of hire, would be considered an asset.
The successful candidate for the CRC in Digital Cinema will be appointed to the School of Cinema at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and will be expected to possess expertise in Film Studies with a view of also teaching existing courses in the unit’s curricula. The candidate will work with the Faculty of Fine Arts to prepare the formal CRC application according to CRC program guidelines. The university will nominate the successful candidate to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity according to the guidelines of the CRC program.
Concordia’s academic culture celebrates leading-edge research, creativity, and the transfer of knowledge for today’s innovation-driven society. The Chair in Digital Cinema will build on Concordia’s leadership in the fields of art, communication and culture, as well as information and communication technologies as described in our Strategic Research Plan (2008-12). This Chair will join related projects underway at the university devoted to art and technology (Hexagram), gaming (TAG), oral history, digital poetics, feminist media studies and screen cultures. A Canada Research Chair entails a reduced teaching load, research and salary stipends, as well as access to infrastructure grants for the duration of the five-year chair, renewable once, for a total of 10 years.
Concordia is located in one of North America’s most diverse, creative and livable cities. The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema – Canada’s largest university-based centre for the study of film animation, film production and film studies – has an international reputation that continues to provide a benchmark for innovation and quality. The School of Cinema’s Film Studies programs are in great demand as a highly interdisciplinary domain of study situated within the globalization of culture, knowledge and technology. A young PhD program, as well as a vibrant MA in Film Studies, provide a rich context for advanced, critical study of the moving image, as well as for innovative and sustainable research programs in a variety of areas crucial to the rapidly changing field of film study.
Submissions must include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a one-page statement of research achievements, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three referees. A detailed five-year research plan, appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program, will be required of all finalists.
Applications should be submitted or postmarked on or before November 1, 2013 to:
Mailing and courier address:
Dr. Martin Lefebvre, Professor and Search Committee Chair
Re: Canada Research Chair in Digital Cinema – Film Studies
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, S-FB 319
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8
Civic address for in-person delivery:
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Faubourg (FB) Tower
Sir George Williams Campus
1250 Guy Street, S-FB 319
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 2T4
All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:
Dr. Martin Lefebvre, Professor and Search Committee Chair
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 4676
For further information, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema: http://cinema.concordia.ca
Faculty of Fine Arts: http://finearts.concordia.ca
Academic Services for Fine Arts faculty:
This position, linked to the CRC appointment, will begin July 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately after the November 1 application deadline, and will continue until the position is filled.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.
MHSC CRC FMST Posting 2013 (click to download)
Assistant / Associate Professor – Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies – 1300848
Faculty of Arts and Science; University College; St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Closing: November 1, 2013
University College at the University of Toronto invites applications for the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies, a tenure-stream position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014, by which time the successful candidate must hold a Ph.D.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair is open to scholars in Chinese Canadian Studies in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in and commitment to
research and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Richard Charles Lee Chair will be expected to teach a range of courses in University College’s Canadian Studies Program and to take a lead role in developing the recently launched Asian Canadian Studies Minor. In addition, her or his teaching and research will be expected to draw upon and expand the already strong existing partnerships with Chinese and Asian communities in Toronto.
The successful candidate will be offered a graduate appointment in one of the Departments of Anthropology, Art, English, History, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology, or in the Cinema Studies Institute or the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. He or she will participate in teaching and supervision in the graduate unit.
The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto has both a collegiate and departmental structure. University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of over 4200 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world. In addition to the Canadian Studies Program, University College sponsors two other interdisciplinary undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Drama Centre and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply by visiting: http://uoft.me/academicopportunities. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a sample of academic writing, and a statement outlining current and future research interests. If you have questions about this position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All application materials should be submitted online.
The U of T application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two clearly labelled files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.
Applicants at the associate professor level should provide us with the names of at least three referees whom we should contact for letters in support of your application. Applicants at the assistant professor level should ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the College via e-mail to email@example.com.
This address may also be used to send additional documents that cannot be accommodated using the online application system.
To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be received by November 1, 2013.
The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world. For more information about University College, please visit
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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