From the monthly archives: September 2017

Assistant Professor – East Asian Cinema

Job Field:  Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division:  University of Toronto Mississauga
Department:  UTM: Visual Studies
Campus:  Mississauga
Job Posting:  Aug 18, 2017
Job Closing:  Oct 18, 2017, 11:59pm EST

Description:
The Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus invites applications for a full-time, tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of East Asian Cinema. The expected start date will be July 1, 2018.

The Department welcomes applications from scholars of East Asian Cinema working in any area of the field. We encourage applicants with an emphasis on film philosophy and/or critical theory but other approaches are also welcomed.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Cinema Studies, East Asian Studies, or a closely related discipline by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research. The successful candidate will play an important role in undergraduate teaching in the Department of Visual Studies and at the graduate level in the Cinema Studies Institute. The candidate will also be affiliated with the Department of East Asian Studies. The candidate will supervise and mentor students, participate in the affairs of the Department of Visual Studies and the Cinema Studies Institute, and conduct innovative research at the highest international level.  

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference, and teaching materials, including a teaching dossier, submitted with the application. Excellence in research is demonstrated by the quality of the writing sample, publications in (or forthcoming in) top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at major conferences, awards and accolades, evidence of an innovative research program, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.  

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the following link: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1701397

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and a writing sample (c. 30 pages). If you have questions about this position, please contact dvschair.utm@utoronto.ca. All application materials should be submitted online. Materials must be received by October 18, 2017. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Debra Burrowes at dvschair.utm@utoronto.ca.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to fifteen attachments (8.3MB per attachment) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two PDF/MS Word format files. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.  

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (signed and on institutional letterhead) directly to the department via e-mail to dvschair.utm@utoronto.ca by the closing date, October 18, 2017.

For more information about the Department of Visual Studies, please visit https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs/.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP .

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

CFP: Canadian Cinema in the New Millennium

Call for essay proposals for an edited volume about Canadian films, filmmakers, and film culture (for submission to McGill-Queens University Press) Edited by Lee Carruthers and Charles Tepperman.

This volume will survey the aesthetic, cultural, and industrial transformations of motion pictures in Canada since 2000. Canadian cinema has undergone significant shifts since the 1990s: in some ways, it is increasingly transnational (with global auteurs like Denis Villeneuve and co-productions like Room); in other respects, Canadian film production is more marginal than ever (as microbudget films and new filmmakers struggle to reach an audience). These developments, alongside recent efforts to promote gender parity and indigenous expression at the NFB and Telefilm, speak to the continued cultural currency of cinema in Canada. In response, this collection poses a pair of pressing questions: how is recent Canadian cinema constituted, and what are its new meanings?

We invite diverse essay submissions about Canadian cinema, deploying established critical approaches to contemporary cinema (textual and cultural analysis, stylistic analysis) as well as new critical methods, such as transmedia and transnational analyses, data-based research, and media industry studies. Articles may address French-, English-, and/or indigenous-language filmmaking, and films and film cultures from diasporic communities and international co-productions. Thematic sections of the volume may include: film/director studies; cultures and audiences; industry and production contexts; and documentary, experimental and transmedia works. We are particularly interested in tracing the ways that particular filmmakers, cultural contexts, and production cultures give rise to distinctive stylistic, affective, and textual dimensions of films. Topics these studies might address include:

  • texts and auteurs: studies of individual films, filmmakers
  • examination of stylistic trends, genres, popular cinema and art cinema
  • gender, cultural difference and diversity in Canadian cinema
  • indigenous filmmaking, de-colonization
  • queer and LGBTQ films and cultures
  • film industry contexts, production culture, service/runaway production
  • film distribution, exhibition, and film festivals
  • Canadian film and TV, Netflix, digital platforms
  • independent, avant-garde, and experimental film in Canada
  • recent developments in Canadian documentary film
  • transmedia, new media, and future cinema
  • film policy, agencies, the state
  • film culture, audiences and reception
  • co-productions, transnational cinema in the Canadian context
  • local scenes, regional contexts
  • other topics related to Canadian cinema since 2000

Article proposal/abstract (250 words + bibliography/filmography) will be due on Sept. 15, 2017. Final essays (5000-6000 words) will be due by March 1, 2018. Please send your proposals and inquiries to Lee Carruthers (lee.carruthers@ucalgary.ca) and Charles Tepperman (c.tepperman@ucalgary.ca).