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
Fax: 514-848-4255

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
Email: Martin.Lefebvre@concordia.ca
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:

http://finearts.concordia.ca/officeofthedean/servicesandresourcesforfaculty

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)

 

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