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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
  • Performance
  • 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 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 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:




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
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 4676 

For further information, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema:

Faculty of Fine Arts:

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

Tenure Stream
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: 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 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: 

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

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; for the Canadian Studies Program, please visit

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


This letter was prepared by Dr. Paul Moore (President, FSAC), Associate Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto on behalf of the membership of the Film Studies Association of Canada in response to the recent arrest of Canadians John Greyson, filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, MD, in Egypt.

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21 August 2013

John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs (<>)
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (<>)
Wael Aboul-Magd, Egyptian Ambassador to Canada (<>)

I urge the Government of Canada to continue to assist in securing the safety and immediate release of Canadians John Greyson, filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, MD, who were arrested in Egypt on August 16th. We are grateful for Canadian diplomacy done to date, and urge the continuation of these efforts.

Award-winning Toronto filmmaker, writer, and educator, John Greyson, is a Professor at York University in the Department of Film. Dr. Loubani is an emergency physician at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and a member of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. He has worked extensively to provide volunteer medical care in conflict situations internationally and for refugees in Canada.

Professor Greyson and Dr. Loubani were travelling to the Gaza Strip, where they are working on an international academic and medical collaboration between the University of Western Ontario and the main hospital in the Gaza Strip, the al-Shifa hospital. They arrived in Egypt on August 15th, and were held up from crossing into Gaza due to the conflict in Egypt. On the afternoon of Friday, August 16th, their contact in Canada received a call from Dr. Loubani, stating that: “we are being arrested by Egyptian police.”

They are being held in a Cairo prison and charges against them have not been communicated to consular officials working on this case. Colleagues and family are extremely worried for their safety.

Conditions in Egypt are extremely dangerous with accounts of widespread military and police violence. According to Amnesty International “unprecedented levels of violence have left more than 600 dead in Egypt”, further Amnesty also notes a “pattern of excessive and unwarranted lethal force used by the Egyptian authorities since the 25 January revolution”. More than 4,000 people have been injured in recent days.

As President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, on behalf of the Executive and representing more than 200 scholars and colleagues of Greyson’s, I call for continued consular intervention to ascertain the conditions of him and Dr. Loubani and to secure their safety and immediate release. Our thoughts are with them in light of the many people in Egypt who have been recently arrested, beaten and killed.

Paul Moore, President/ Président
Film Studies Association of Canada
Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
le 21 août 2013

À l’attention de:
John Baird, Ministre des Affaires étrangères
Stephen Harper, Premier ministre du Canada
Wael Aboul-Magd, Ambassadeur de l’Égypte au Canada

J’exhorte le gouvernement du Canada à continuer de travailler à la sécurité et la libération immédiate des Canadiens John Greyson, cinéaste et professeur et Tarek Loubani, Md, qui ont été arrêté en Égypte le 16 août dernier. Nous sommes reconnaissants des procédures diplomatiques du Canada jusqu’à maintenant et nous insistons pour que les efforts diplomatiques continuent dans cette lancée.

Lauréat de plusieurs prix, le cinéaste et professeur John Greyson est un enseignant à l’Université York dans le département de cinéma. Dr. Loubani est un professeur en médecine de l’urgence à l’University of Western Ontario et un membre du Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. Il a travaillé bénévolement pour fournir des soins médicaux dans des situations de conflits à l’international et a aussi octroyé des soins à des réfugiés au Canada.

Le professeur Greyson et le Dr. Loubani voyageaient vers la bande de Gaza où ils travaillaient en collaboration avec l’University of Western Ontario et le principal hôpital de la bande de Gaza, le al-Shifa, sur un projet international. Ils sont arrivés en Égypte le 15 août et n’ont pas pu se rendre à la bande de Gaza dû au conflit en Égypte. Dans l’après-midi du vendredi 16 août, leur personne-ressource au Canada a reçu un appel du Dr. Loubani qui disait : « Nous avons été arrêtés par la police Égyptienne. »

Ils sont présentement retenus dans une prison du Caire et les charges contre eux n’ont pas été communiquées aux officiels consulaires en charge de ce dossier. Les collègues et les familles sont extrêmement inquiètes pour leur sécurité.

Les conditions actuelles en Égypte sont extrêmement dangereuses avec toute cette violence militaire et policière. Selon Amnistie Internationale : « un niveau jamais égalé de violence a fait plus de 600 morts en Égypte (unprecedented levels of violence have left more than 600 dead in Egypt) ». Amnistie note aussi : « une présence de force excessive et meurtrière utilisée par les autorités Égyptiennes depuis la révolution du 25 janvier (pattern of excessive and unwarranted lethal force used by the Egyptian authorities since the 25 January revolution) ». Plus de 4 000 personnes ont été blessées dans les derniers jours.

En tant que président de l’Association d’études cinématographiques du Canada, je représente plus de 200 collègues du professeur Greyson, je demande une intervention continue du gouvernement canadien pour connaître la condition, assurer la sécurité et la libération du professeur Greyson et du Dr. Loubani. Nos pensées sont avec eux, ainsi qu’avec les nombreux Égyptiens qui ont été récemment arrêtés, battus et tués.

Paul Moore, Président

Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
Film Studies Association of Canada


First International Conference in Film Studies

Tbilisi, Georgia, November 1-3, 2013

Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University announces the First International Conference in Film Studies. The topic of the conference is “Georgian Film: Present and Past”. We invite all scholars in film studies and other related fields to submit their proposals.

There is no registration fee. The language of the conference is English. Participants will cover their own expenses for travel and accommodation.

Please send your 300-word proposal by e-mail to Dr. Prof. Zviad Dolidze at

Deadline for proposals: September 3, 2013.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Media Studies/Digital Culture

The Department of Culture and Language Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The start date of the position is July 1, 2014, subject to final budgetary approval.

We seek a candidate with a strong background in the study of media, technology, and culture, preferably one whose work crosses traditional boundaries between the humanities, social sciences and arts. Each of the programs in the Department of Culture and Language Studies engages students by placing art, literature and media in cultural context. The successful candidate’s research and teaching areas should strengthen these ties between our growing program and the department’s other programs in film studies and/or world literatures and cultures. An active research agenda in media studies, popular culture studies, cyberculture studies, digital humanities, music and technology, digital game studies, or the history and/or political economy of media & new media would be welcomed, as would some familiarity with current digital technologies.

Completion of a PhD and evidence of excellent teaching and research abilities are required. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses focusing on their area(s) of specialization, as well as core courses in the Media Arts & Cultures program (including Popular Culture and Digital Culture). (S)he will be expected to develop a course in approaches to the interdisciplinary study of culture, and will have the opportunity to contribute actively to shaping the future of media studies and film studies at UNB and to assist in developing our department’s unique combination of media, culture and language studies into a centre of research and teaching excellence in Atlantic Canada.

The Department of Culture and Language Studies at UNB houses a variety of specialists in languages, literatures, music, media and cultures. We are dedicated to the teaching of cultural literacy, which can best be achieved through the long-term development of linguistic competence and the study of literary and media texts in their social and cultural contexts. In the spirit of diversity and understanding, we are committed to our students, to the exploration of innovative teaching and research modes that draw upon common interests among our languages and disciplines, and to the strengthening of our links to the greater academic community and the community at large. The Media Arts & Cultures program has three essential components: critical, creative and technical. The first places the study of the media in an intellectual and social context. The second encourages the student to develop creatively as an individual. The third aspect of the degree seeks to ensure that the student has an appropriate level of competence with recent digital media technology.

Candidates should forward (electronically) a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier with summaries of course evaluations and course outlines, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to:


Dr. Anette Guse, Chair
Culture and Language Studies
UNB Fredericton


Closing Date for Applications: Sept. 30, 2013 or until a suitable candidate is found.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status.



Canadian Journal of Film Studies is Now Accepting Proposals from Prospective Editors.

La Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques accepte maintenant les propositions de futurs directeurs de publication.

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Canada’s leading academic peer-reviewed film journal, CJFS has published bi-annually since launching in 1990. With 23.1, the co-editorship of Catherine Russell and Charles Acland comes to end. The editorial board is exceedingly grateful to Charles and Catherine for their service and would like to thank them, along with their editorial assistants and Concordia University. During their term of service, CJFS reached new heights in design, scholarly content, and readership. We are eager to follow this excellence with a new editor or editorial team whose responsibilities will begin June 1, 2014.

Responsibilities. The Journal publishes two issues a year, and the Editor is responsible for administering the process by which their contents are received, reviewed, and prepared for publication. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the content, design and production of the Journal. In addition, the Editor collaborates with the Editorial Board in the preparation and establishment of policy and procedures concerning all operations ofthe Journal.

Applications for the position should be received by the Managing Editor September 1, 2013 and include the following:
1. Statement of Institutional Resources. CJFS’s host institution is responsible for providing office space and furnishings, as well as telephone and fax, postal service, photocopying, computing facilities, availability of student or other editorial assistance, as well as other available subventions. Please provide a description of the level of support that your institution is willing to provide.
2. Curriculum Vitae. Please enclose a current CV and a letter clearly outlining qualifications and pertinent experience. If you are proposing a co-editorship, please enclose a CV for each prospective editor. Please include any details regarding your ability or plans to manage and promote the bilingual features of the journal. The new editor’s (or editors’) term will begin in June 1, 2014 with several months set aside for an overlap of the duties with the editor to ensure a smooth transition. It is expected that the transition of the journal’s editorial office from Concordia to its new home will be completed by summer 2014.
3. Statement of editorial philosophy. Please provide a brief letter outlining your editorial vision for CJFS and any other intellectual, pedagogical or scholarly rationales for your suitability for this position.

Please submit all proposals to:
Dr. Lisa Coulthard, CJFS Managing Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board
Department of Theatre and Film
University of British Columbia
6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC

La Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques accepte maintenant
les propositions de futurs directeurs de publication.

Revue canadienne de pointe, évaluée par les pairs et dédiée aux études cinématographiques, la RCÉC a publié deux numéros par année depuis son lancement en 1990. Avec le numéro 23.1, la direction de publication assurée par Catherine Russell et Charles Acland arrive à son terme. Le comité éditorial est infiniment reconnaissant du travail de Charles et Catherine et tient à les remercier de même que leurs assistants de l’Université Concordia. Au long de leur mandat, la RCÉC a atteint de nouveaux sommets tant par sa conception graphique que par la qualité de ses articles et le volume de son lectorat. Nous désirons vivement perpétuer ce seuil d’excellence avec une nouvelle direction qui devra entrer en fonction le premier juin 2014.

Responsabilités. La revue publie deux numéros par année et le directeur est responsable de l’administration du processus par lequel les articles sont reçus, évalués et préparés pour publication. Le directeur est responsable du contenu, de la conception graphique et de la production de la revue. De plus, il collabore avec le comité de rédaction en adoptant des politiques et en établissant des pratiques qui touchent à toutes les opérations de la revue.

Les candidatures doivent parvenir à la secrétaire de rédaction avant le premier septembre 2013 et doivent inclure les éléments suivants:

1- Une déclaration de ressources institutionnelles. L’institution hôte de la RCÉC a la responsabilité de fournir un espace de travail et le mobilier de bureau, un téléphone, les services postaux, de photocopies et de télécopie, les ressources informatiques, une main d’œuvre étudiante ou autres assistants de publication. Elle doit aussi pouvoir procurer toute subvention supplémentaire disponible. Prière de bien vouloir fournir une description du niveau d’aide que votre université est prête à accorder.
2- Curriculum Vitae. Prière de joindre votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre qui met en valeur de façon précise les qualifications et l’expérience pertinente. Si vous proposez une codirection, joignez un CV pour chaque directeur de publication potentiel. Veuillez bien inclure le détail de vos aptitudes et de vos projets en ce qui concerne le bilinguisme qui caractérise la revue. Le mandat du nouveau directeur (ou directeurs) débutera le 1er juin 2014 et, pour assurer une transition souple, plusieurs mois de chevauchement des tâches sont prévus. Nous nous attendons à ce que la transition des bureaux de l’Université Concordia au nouvel emplacement soit complétée à l’été 2014.
3-Une déclaration de ligne éditoriale. Bien vouloir fournir une brève lettre précisant la politique éditoriale que vous désirez adopter pour la RCÉC ou tout autre argument pédagogique, théorique ou académique témoignant de vos aptitudes pour le poste.

Prière de soumettre vos propositions à :
Dr. Lisa Coulthard, secrétaire de rédaction et présidente du comité de publication
Department of Theatre and Film
University of British Columbia
6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC


The FSAC 2013 Conference schedule is now available. (Updated May 30, 2013)

The conference is scheduled from Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2013.